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Benj Roche
building a 3D scene from 2D drawing
on Apr 12, 2010 at 7:10:47 pm

I have a hand made drawing that I want to animate in AE

The drawing has perspective lines (a table in the foreground that extends towards the bg, the walls, the floor)

I want to take the top of the table and place it in 3D in AE, and do the same with the legs on a different 3d plane. and the floor and walls......

Is it possible to trace these images as they are (using AI Live Trace...this is a cartoon and vectors are the stlye) and orient them in 3d correctly? Do I have to redraw things perfectly in 2D and then orient them properly in AE?

I am trying to keep the original feel of the source drawing and trying to redraw the thing in 2d from scratch is going to be too time consuming.

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Michael Szalapski
Re: building a 3D scene from 2D drawing
on Apr 12, 2010 at 7:19:13 pm

If you have Photoshop, this tutorial should help you.

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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: building a 3D scene from 2D drawing
on Apr 12, 2010 at 7:43:20 pm

While it is true that vanishing point will give you a 3d space, I do not think that it is what you need for your scene, plus the table with legs would be hard to do with that plug-in... so I think you're left with drawing the pieces and building a real 3d room in AE. That's how I did this animated music video:

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania

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