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Does MLP:FIM look better in 2D or 3D?


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Do you prefer MLP in a 2D style or 3D style and why?

I like when simple cartoon characters come in life using 3D animation, so that's what I prefer. :)

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It would've been interesting but me personally, I can't see or want it to be any different from how we know it so maybe 3D wouldn't be ideal. :D I mean, people have made them 3D quite a few times to varying degrees of cuteness or scariness. :blush:

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FIM looks best in 2D thick line art style.

3D might make water waves look realistic, but it also makes cheeks happen. I don't like pony cheeks

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12 hours ago, Splashee® said:

FIM looks best in 2D thick line art style.

3D might make water waves look realistic, but it also makes cheeks happen. I don't like pony cheeks

Pony cheeks still exist: :oh_golly:

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11 hours ago, ExplosionMare said:

Pony cheeks still exist: :oh_golly:

Noooooo. Why they make adorable Cozy have cheeks! :Cozy:

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I definitely prefer it to be a 2D cartoon, though I still think a big budget, well written movie where the ponies come to our world(different from the EQG world) like Sonic the Hedgehog would be awesome.

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2D all the way babe.

I have never liked 3D ponies, because they get some really weird and ugly angles on a 3D view, while they can be covered up on 2D through many 2D animation perspective techniques such as ignoring how the perspective would actually work :ButtercupLaugh:

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Ponies are 3D, they're just drawn in 2D (since our screens and paper sheets are flat), by making sharp edges in places where the line of sight is tangent to the surface of the object, and areas of coluor fill where the line of sight falls upon the surface at some more perpendicular angle.

What people often refer to as "3D" is actually CGI graphics rendered/raytraced from 3D models by a computer instead of hand drawn by a human. And this usually looks bad because it is hard to do it right. The most trouble is with fur / hair, as well as lighting. (Lighting your scene properly so that it wouldn't look too dark or too bright requires a good amount of knowledge about photography, while fur / hair requires a lot of processing and physics computations so people often just handwave it and replace with some cheap cop-outs.)

Therefore I don't think that ponies would look good as computer-generated 3D graphics. Many people tried it, but most results look like crap, because they modelled their 3D meshes based on just a few reference angles from the show, and only these angles look decent, while others look bad. There's a couple of exceptions, of course, made by great 3D artists who know how to model stuff to look good from all angles, or rig the character properly so that their legs weren't bending in some creepy way etc. One such example is DJTHED (more on that below).

But personally, I'd rather go with the hand-drawn look from the original show, maybe just spiffed by some extra shading to make them look less flat and fit their surroundings better, such as this one here by StormXF3:

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BTW here's a good explanation of why computer-generated 3D graphics often fail for cartoon characters, with a nice breakdown of Hasbro's 3D animation of Pinkie Pie:

And here's a video in which he presents the entire process of modelling Rainbow Dash:

I don't know anyone who would be able to model 3D ponies in a more accurate and convincing way that would look so good. So far this is the best I've seen.
Check out some other videos on his channel, they're pretty amazing :wub:

As for the actual 3D, as in solid objects in the real world, there's also one dude who makes very awesome looking pony sculptures / figurines from clay:

 

 

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8 hours ago, flurry said:

2d I mean I like some of the 3d fan animations but really i am a 2d fan :3

Very clear and perfect answer! I concur

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On 7/27/2020 at 11:32 AM, SasQ said:

The most trouble is with fur / hair, as well as lighting

Truth spoken. I once tried to make artworks with actual fur and hair and it took me countless hours

On 7/27/2020 at 11:32 AM, SasQ said:

I don't know anyone who would be able to model 3D ponies in a more accurate and convincing way that would look so good. So far this is the best I've seen.

He uses tricks to make them look good, eg snoot is actually following the camera and multilayered mane mesh

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I honestly prefer 2D as it is right now because they have done very cool things with the medium. Also because the existing 3D models are pretty much garbage including the model for pinkie pie in those terrible shorts (except few of the fan made ones done by professional artists).

Just compare this 3d models

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This one is the free model from deviant art that started everything and that is used for all of those pony fan made 3D animations but as much as it's noble it's not good.

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This is almost a nightmare for all the effort and heart that the artists put on it.

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And the same happens with the Hasbro one. I would dare say they took the free model as a base and just modified it enough to make their shorts in time. But you can look at how badly resolved it is. YOU CAN SEE THE EYE SHINES POP OUT OF THE EYES!

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And the shading is gross and muddy. The shapes are forced, the details are sloppy like in the nose is just a punch in the snout. And the animation itself is terrible.

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Now this one is almost there. But it still looks like the head has no shape (is an egg) and it has no chin.

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This one is good. Too much light so the details are not very visible but at least is not grey and muddy. We will have to see if it passes the expressions test.

But yeah, it's still not there. And until is not on a good enough place I can't take the 3D as an option. 

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