There’s no denying that 3D animation has been in the entertainment industry for years. Now with the rapid evolution of 3D animation and its techniques, 3D animation has entered other industries as well. Be it education, marketing, engineering, business or pharmaceutical, 3D is changing the ways in which these industries function and operate.
3D animation has become a storytelling tool. From elucidating a complex engineering concept to amplifying architectural design details, 3D animation creates an interactive and engaging way to communicate ideas to the audience and the viewers.
The techniques of 3D animation have evolved with advancements in technology. From a hand-drawn flip-book and pencil sketching to online drawing tools and 3D animation tactics, the animation industry has progressed a lot over the last few decades.
The days of using pencil and paper to illustrate cartoonish characters and object are long gone. With the introduction of online tools and applications, not only the animation industry has improved in its aspects; rather it has also restructured the traditional practices and methods.
The latest additions in the 3D animation trends:
Today’s animation industry and the world are no longer similar to the one that existed a years ago. Today’s modern animation industry is all about following the new trends and latest methods. Like each year, the year 2019 will be filled with even better trends and techniques. From the timeless 3D techniques to the brand-new technological marvels, here are some the freshest 3D animation trends for the year 2019:
• New and zippy typographic approach:
Typography is all about adding a visual appeal to the textual content. When it comes typography, the designers have followed the holy commandments of not distorting or playing with the written content of the design.
However, with paradigms’ shift more and more designers are now breaking the stereotypical approach and pushing the designing limits. From stretching to pixelating, designers are experimenting with the textual part of the content—giving a 3D look at the text as well. This zippy typographic approach, commonly known as kinetic typography is all about taking a simple font style and type and exploring its 3D potentials.
• Splitting of text:
Being one of the most rule-bound animated technique, typography will go through a lot of changes this year. The concept of breaking text is not a unique one in the animation industry. This approach is all about using the textual content in innovative ways.
From complete break-down of the text to spread-out of words on the screen, this broken text approach offers a graphic depiction to the meaning of the written content. Layering words at a different level and revealing words in accordance with the voiceover add value and visual appeal to the animated content.
• Seamless transition:
Seamless animation and transition have been in the animation industry for as long as can remember. However, designers are now using innovative approaches to give a contemporary look and feel to this timeless animation technique.
The smooth morphing of one scene into another without any cuts makes the created animation eye-catchy. The transformation of background elements into other shapes and characters enables the animated content to run smoothly. Considering the complications of this approach, many designers don’t prefer to use this approach. On the contrary, the visual appeal of this approach is much higher than other techniques and tactics.
• The augmented reality:
With the rapid development of technology, augmented reality is sure to become a norm in the animation industry in a few years. Whether it is a 3d architectural visualization tool or a film animation software, AR techniques and concepts have incorporated a new perspective to the animation industry and its development tools and software packages.
With AR-integrated animation tools and applications high in demand, there’s no denying that this newly integrated technique will take the animation industry to a whole new level. Many huge development companies are already using AR techniques to boost and innovate their apps and UX.
Organizations like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Snapchat are creating applications to display and view 3D structures and artworks in augmented reality. The year 2019 is all about uncovering the 3D animation potentials of AR techniques.
• Monochrome to minimal-chrome:
Monochromatic graphics and visuals were one of the most popular trends last year. However, with a change in calendar, the monochrome color palette trends also went through a little modification. From monotonous color palettes to analogous but more striking palettes, the traditional hues and earthy tones will make a huge comeback this year.
• Liquid motion:
This trend is all about giving a more animate feel to your animation. Adding splashes of different colors that flow around like a liquid, transforming and morphing different animated objects and elements. Liquid motion animation adds a sense of movement and theatre to the animated content. The liquid motion approach helps the viewers and the audience in focusing more on the subject and the desired message of the video.
• Humanoid figurines:
Whether it’s about morphing text into shapes or playing around with human figures, 3D animation is all about bringing animated creatures to life. Though this is a newly added concepts in the animation world, humanoids are gaining popularity in the animation world.
Creating human-like figures and placing them in interesting settings is what humanoid animation is all about. Most designers consider this type of animation a slight deviation from the concepts of 3D animation, but with its increased popularity we are sure to see this trend everywhere.
• Amalgamation of 2D and 3D:
Merging 2D visuals with 3D graphics and objects has always been the center of attention of many designers. The main reason for such significance is that this approach helps in creating highly-appealing animations. Using different camera tricks and angles, designers are now more focused on merging the 2d styles with contemporary 3D visuals.
Undoubtedly, the paradigms of the animation industry have shifted from the orthodox methods to completely digitized designing and animating approaches. To stay ahead in the animation game and industry one needs to stay updated on the up and coming trends.
Lidiya Jackson is a professional 3d animation artist who works at a renowned 3d Animation Company 3D Animation Inc which provides 3d anime character creation, 3d cartoon maker, 3d video animation services in all over the world. She always wanted to be an artist and has a degree in Visual Studies from University of Texas USA.