How to be a 3D Animator without prior experience

Do you have a Developing interest in 3D animation and you are building up curiosity, and you are asking, “how do I get there?”, do I need to develop any skills? What do I need to know? Should I learn animation jargons? We will like to help you dispel that curiosity.

What do you know about a 3D animator? The job of a 3D animator is to bring inanimate 3D objects to life through movement. As an animator, the visual effects that an audience will feel seeing these animated objects, moving, breathing and talking is up to you.

3D animators can be found in everything from video games, movies, television and commercials. If there are 3D elements, chances are there’s a 3D animator there to bring them to life. 

A little you need to know about 3D animations:

Numerous devices that successfully displayed animated images were introduced well before the advent of the motion picture. These devices were used to entertain, amaze, and sometimes even frighten people. The majority of these devices didn’t project their images, and could only be viewed by a one or a few persons at a time.

They were considered optical toys rather than devices for a large scale entertainment industry like animation.  Many of these devices are still built by and for film students learning the basic principles of animation.

A flipbook: A flipbook is a small book with relatively springy pages, each having one in a series of animation images located near its unbound edge. The user bends all of the pages back, normally with the thumb, then by a gradual motion of the hand allows them to spring free one at a time.  Early film animators cited flip books as their inspiration more often than the earlier devices, which did not reach as wide an audience


Let us clear some misconceptions: Animations vs Cartoons

Some people believe that cartoons are the same as 3D animations, but, they aren’t. They are two completely different concepts.  Animation and cartoon are two words that are commonly used interchangeably in general usage. However, there is a distinctive difference between animation and cartoon. Animation refers to a technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of models to create an illusion of movement when the film is shown as a sequence.

Cartoons can either refer to a drawing or a television program or film made using animation technique. This is the key difference between animation and cartoon. 

3D animation is the process of generating three-dimensional moving images in a digital environment using a computer and special computer softwares.

 A great example of a 3D animation movie is Toy story produced by Pixar, which is the first 3D animation film, produced on 22nd of November, 1995.


The guess is you have an interest in 3D animation but unsure of where to start. Here is a guide to make your decision: Do you want to make animated movies or do you want to make animated video games?  Each has a specific requirement and knowing where you want to fit in helps you find a place where you can learn.

Your next question is probably what do I learn and where do I learn?

There are courses available for you to learn at Orange VFX Studios. You can take courses like 3D Animation Jumpstart, 3D Character Design, C3D Character acting and more. The requirements for these courses are in the links too.


  • Be observant. Observe everything around you, people, objects, everything! The animations you create reveal human mannerisms, you become aware of these mannerisms when you take the time to observe these humans and the things human beings relate with.
  • Outdoor sketches can help. Find good spots where you can sketch out great images. Your ability to draw matters too. You may not have the ability but you have the zeal/ an interest, that could help too.
  • Look at the works of other great animators. Writers read works by other authors, as an animator, you should look at the works of other animators to gain more insight into animation.
  • Set expectations for yourself and exceed your expectations.
  • Build your show-reel. Let others see your works too and they can see what you display in your show-reel.
  • You cannot overlook the importance of possessing an outstanding work ethic, character, integrity, and professionalism
  • Must be able to prioritize, multitask, and meet tight deadlines. This means lots of hard work
  • Strong design, communication, and project management skills are required.
  • No matter how good you are, you cannot do the work alone. You need teammates. You are implored to have a positive attitude and be a team player.


  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk 3DS Max
  • Cinema 4D
  • Blender
  • Marvelous Designer
  • Photoshop
  • PremierPro
  • Adobe After Effect.

We hope this has helped someone who will like to become a professional 3D animator. Here at Orange VFX Studios, we can help you achieve that dream, there are trainings to help you gain mastery of these softwares and become a professional 3D animator. Contact us today for more enquiries

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