Shape Keys: Getting Stylized 2D from a 3D Model
Shape Keys: Getting Stylized 2D from a 3D Model

If you have ever tried to replicate the look of a 2D character in 3D, you may have noticed that some things don’t translate so easily into 3D.  For instance, the way a character’s eyebrows are often drawn in front of his or her hair in manga cannot be represented with a static 3D model, (more…)

Update to LLAnimeAll: Script to Cel Shade Everything
Update to LLAnimeAll: Script to Cel Shade Everything

I have just updated LLAnimeAll, the script that I wrote to cel shade everything in the scene by applying LLAnime to every material while retaining any image map textures.  This update fixes a major bug that would mess up the material for any object that already had LLAnime applied to it. There are still some (more…)

Script to Easily Cel-shade Everything in Poser Scene
Script to Easily Cel-shade Everything in Poser Scene

Today, I finally got around to writing a python script for Poser that will allow you to easily cel-shade everything in a scene via LLAnime.  I posted previously about the merits of Bagginsbill’s LLToon as a cel-shader, and later about my LLAnime material that defaulted his settings to what you want if you are going (more…)

Bijin Jigoku in China
Bijin Jigoku in China

Not everything in this scene is cel-shaded, because I did not have time to go through every bit, however, I think it still looks good.  Also, even though the wall in the background looks to not be cel-shaded, it actually is.  Its just that the map is so photorealistic that the cel-shading does not stop (more…)

Cel-shaded 3D Anime Artist: cat ningen
Cel-shaded 3D Anime Artist: cat ningen

Just found this artist on Google+.  He has some impressive cel-shaded renders of anime characters such as Hatsune Miku and one of the characters from K-ON.  Don’t know if he is making his own models or not, but his stuff is definitely worth checking out. https://plus.google.com/u/0/+catningen/posts

Anime Version of LLToon Material Shader for Poser
Anime Version of LLToon Material Shader for Poser

Hey, I have tweaked the settings of LLToon to what I consider close to optimal for anime.  The skin tone is for a light skinned character, but that can be adjusted.  The other settings are what make it right for producing an anime look.  I have put the PM:Shadow Multiple to 0.6, so that the (more…)

New Free Toon Shader for Poser: LLToon
New Free Toon Shader for Poser: LLToon

Good news for those of you that are not satisfied with Poser’s built in toon shading node. Poser contributor Bagginsbill (at least that is his username over at Rendorosity) has created a toon shader that he calls LLToon, and is making it available at no charge. LLToon improves upon the standard Toon shading node by (more…)

Simple Anime Light Set for Poser
Simple Anime Light Set for Poser

I have developed a very simple anime light set for Poser to achieve desirable effects when cel shading anime. Typically, anime cel shading puts the same tone across all of the skin, except for a darker toned edge, close to the outline. This edge is usually very thin and all the way around the character, (more…)

3D Anime Render Technique Comparison
3D Anime Render Technique Comparison

When attempting to create 3D renders that mimic the artistic style that is so typical in Japanese anime, there are many choices to make.  The primary choice is whether to go the photorealistic path or the cel-shaded path, but this not as simple of a choice as it sounds.  There are many options available for cel-shading as well as how you can combine cel-shading and photorealism.  I have created some comparison renders in Carrara 8 using Toon! Pro, a popular cel-shading plugin.  These renders demonstrate four different ways to render the same scene, each having its own appeal and being a viable option:

Different Types of 3d Anime Eyes
Different Types of 3d Anime Eyes

There are basically two different ways of making eyes for 3d anime figures. One way is to model a true spherical 3d eye like you would have on any other 3d character, but just attempt to shape and style it like an eye you would find in anime. The other way is to have a mostly flat surface on the face in an attempt to more closely simulate the 2D stylization of an eye that is so common in anime. Some figures have used one of these methods and some the other. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. I will attempt to compare and contrast the approaches and how to deal with the disparity.