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30 Jaw Dropping 3D Character Creations

From Toy Story to Bolt, animation has brought us an array of wonderful characters to cherish and enjoy. This roundup highlights a selection of simply awe inspiring 3D characters.

Stunning 3D Characters

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow

Created using 3DSmax, Zbrush and Photoshop, the attention to detail and expression are fantastic.

Bobby, The Little Octopus

Bobby, The Little Octopus

Textured using ZBrush and decorated with Blender, taking 5 days of work. Bobby is a unique and fascinating piece of work.

Harlequin

Harlequin

Hauntingly realistic, Harlequin is truly a spectacular piece of art. At first glance, one might think this was a well lit photo.

Science Doc

Science Doc

Modeled in maya and rendered in Mental Ray, Science is an excellent character, with matching production values.

Goblin Mechanic

Goblin Mechanic

Inspired by Max Cant’s soldiers when modeling the furnace on his back he is full of expression and crammed with an array of wonderful details.

Will Smith Caricature

Will Smith Caricature

Hilarious and superbly created using Cinema 4D, ZBrush and Photoshop. It has a warmth and charm that make it stand out.

Jelly Spider Friend

Jelly Spider Friend

Realistic and a little creepy, this is beautifully crafted with amazing colors and textures. The lighting adds to the freakish feel of the piece.

Cloud Tribute

Cloud Tribute

A tribute to the popular Final Fantasy character Cloud, the emotion behind the eyes is extremely powerful.

Beautiful Vanadisa

Beautiful Vanadisa

Created in Daz Studio with a rendering time of over 22 hours, this is a simply breathtaking 3D portrait.

Isabelle

Isabelle

Modeled using a combination of Poser, Vue, Cinema 4D and Photoshop CS, she has a real sense of mystery and magic.

Art Ventura

Art Ventura

A wonderful caricature, Art Ventura solves mysterious CG cases. The behind the scenes of its creation is worth viewing.

Ogryn Stare

Ogryn Stare

The artists first project using ZBrush with the entire piece taking over two days. It makes great use of textures.

Rose

Rose

A beautiful pose and composition, great use of light and a thoroughly captivating expression make Rose a compelling piece.

Emocionado

Emocionado

A funny and charming piece with great attention to detail on the cloth patterns and the stubble on the chin.

Aztec Priest

Aztec Priest

Inspired by Mel Gibson’s movie “Apocalypto”, this Aztec Priest is detailed, imaginative and original.

Cyber Goth

Cyber Goth

Created using a combination of Poser and Photoshop, the design on her scalp and the eye markings really draw the eye.

Samurai Troll

Samurai Troll

The texture work in the armor plates and skin are amazing given that the artist views this as a work in progress.

Smoking Creature

Smoking Creature

I don’t what’s more frightening, the hideous character or the amazing amount of realism he possesses.

Kai

Kai

This is Kai, Nariko’s dedicated friend (from Heavenly Sword). Created using Poser, Vue and Photoshop.

Shadow Conscious

Shadow Conscious

Absolutely incredible detail, the artist really captured the emptiness in her eyes and created a character deep in thought.

Female Vampire

Female Vampire

Inspired by the vampire film 30 Days of Nights, this female vampire looks really realistic and deliciously evil.

Arwen

Arwen

Created using Cinema 4D, Poser, Vue and Photoshop with an obscene render time, Arwen is a pearlescent beauty.

Fries With That

Fries With That

Fantastic modelling, texturing and shading make this utterly realistic, you will think it’s a photograph. An amazing achievement in 3D realism.

Suspicious Minds

Suspicious Minds

An incredibly striking, beautiful, realistic and moving portrait with an interesting story behind it.

The Worlds Enemy

The Worlds Enemy

A superb model of Sephiroth from Final Fantasy with the rendering taking 3 hours and the post production taking 6 hours.

Chris In 3D

Chris In 3D

An absolutely stunning combination of Poser and Photoshop work. Do yourself a favor and check out this render’s immaculate details.

Cyborg Head 01

Cyborg Head 01

The level of detail is nothing short of amazing, enhanced by the textures and lightning that give this 3D render superb qualities.

Ethereal

Ethereal

Artwork based on the W40k universe, it’s an Ethereal from the TAU empire, taking 2 days to complete using Cinema 4D, ZBrush, VRay and Photoshop.

Knight of the Temple

Knight of the Temple

A lone knight of the Temple, standing guard. The chainmail and stone are particularly brilliant in detail and texture.

Grandma

Grandma

Just awesome detail, amazing textures, superb blending and the befuddling expression on the woman’s face make this a wonderful piece of work.

48 Comments

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    BEREKET ABERA (1 Point) November 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    WOW IT’S amazing creative works!!!!!!!!!
    i donot know that how can i xpress this cretivity

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    Sampei Mihira (1 Point) October 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Astonishing ! Very impressive. Many thanks, for sharing

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    Woww fantastic:) , I immediately added to my archive

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    Abhimanyu (1 Point) September 30, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I got no words.
    I especially liked the Jack Sparrow and the Beautiful Vanadisa one.
    Thanks.!!

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    Julietta Padmadjati (1 Point) September 27, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Very brilliant…Thank you for sharing it!

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    Gilsandro (1 Point) September 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    i too much work with photoshop, but i’ve big problem
    like im nit speech very well english and this dificult me learn photoshop.
    i from mozambique an i speech portuguese.

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    Sara Boyd (2 Points) August 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Wonderful compilation! Thank you for sharing it!

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    Leandro July (1 Point) June 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I’m Excellent article.I decide to put it to use one of these for you days.Thank this.To sharing your success!

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    HERVOUET (1 Point) June 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Amazing ! really magnificent.

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    Web Design (1 Point) April 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    WOW!!! amazing thanks for sharnig!!!! :) !:

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    extremely realistic !!
    Great work :D

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing133

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing126

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing121

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    ฟังเพลง (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    wow Great article, thanks!

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) January 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    aGreat article. Thank you.

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) January 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Great article. thank you.

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    Mr. hættetrøje (1 Point) January 20, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Wow, this is awesooooomeee! Very cool indeed. Thank you ;-)

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    just perfect selection and enjoyed reading it. thanks

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    really a JAW DROPPING collection of characters

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    rainner (1 Point) November 4, 2009 at 2:34 am

    the christ is fantastic… its perfect.. really…. really realistic…

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    Excellent work..
    really mind blowing 3D arts ..

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    Tutorial Lounge (1 Point) November 2, 2009 at 10:40 am

    i never seen before, really awesome graphics.

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    web design lexington (1 Point) November 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I’m really in awe. As a designer myself, I find these sooo professional and sooo brilliantly done. Fantastic.

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    Never ever use the term “jaw-dropping” again -____-

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    Azizuan Aziz (1 Point) October 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    It’s very very cool. Looks real to me. By the way, I like Bobby The Little Octopus the most.

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    Cucu Tudor Ionel (1 Point) October 31, 2009 at 9:36 am

    awesome renders..incredible :|

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    first one is perfect and very well made.

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    salstabler (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Captain jack sparrow looks the most realistic, Amazing!

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    No Goody 2 Shoes (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    These are awesome!

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    Andres Felipe Rendon Hernandez (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    That’s Johnny Depp don’t lie to me, nah, just kidding, awsome renders, i must now learn how to design in 3D render programs, would be nice to see cinema 4D tutorials around here, don’t you think?

    Greetings, from Colombia

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    Ray Linder (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Chris scares me. I can imagine if games actually rendered that well, a remake of a Freddy, Micheal, or Jason would be the game of a lifetime, literally…

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    Jordy666sic (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Too awesome.. I saw an other roundup with 40 best 3D Characters.. “you want fries with that” was and still is my top favorite!

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    Muhteşem. 3 boyutlu karakterlerde resmen dünyaca çağ atladık.
    Thank you.

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    Ben l Awesome Wallpapers (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    These are amazing images. Amazing detail on all of them. I especially like the Knight Of The Temple and Cyborg head paintings. Thanks!

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    These are extremely realistic characters. I like the Bobby octopus, his expression is really funny.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Nikki Jeske (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Jaw Dropping is right! Holy crap!

    Thanks for sharing. These are amazing.

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    Grace Smith (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I know it is hard to believe but yes they are all 3D creations, usually created with either Cinema 4D or Poser.

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    InternetHow Blog (1 Point) October 29, 2009 at 9:19 am

    are they all 3D drawings? Some of them looks real images

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