A Comprehensive Guide to the Creation Process of 3D Character Modeling

By: Polymator InteractiveJune 22, 2023

If Environments are the backbone of the game, then Characters are the heart. Any game is incomplete and disastrous without proper character development and arc. Users identify themselves with the characters while playing the game and engage more with the gameplay because of them. Characters portraying real-life emotions garnered sympathy amongst users leading to mass attraction of the audience towards the game because of the creation of emotional attachment.

Hence, it is pivotal to pay meticulous attention to detail to create 3D Game Characters. In this blog, we will walk you through the basics and simplified process of creating 3D Characters for games. Also, we will guide you on how to make this process plain sailing with a 3D Modeling Company working with you to develop 3D Modeling Characters.

How does 3D Character Modeling work in Game Development?

3D Character Modeling is a manifold process where a 3D Artist applies different tools & software to create game characters. A character can be a person, animal, mythical creature, robot, or devil. Also, a character can be the main (primary) protagonist/antagonist a player controls during gameplay. And secondary characters who act as supporting or have an individual impact on the game with which the player interacts.

The 3D Character creation process begins with creating a primitive form of characters. E.g., 3D Artists can make a cube or square shape, modify it using different tools & software, and further develop (edit) it in other programs to give the 3D Model a visioned form.

How to decide on 3D Game Character styles?

Generally, 3D Character Artists create 3D human models for primary & secondary characters. And character’s styles are ascertained based on the setting & goals of the game. However, there is no clear definition of it, but we highlight it in five salient playable character styles: cartoonish, life-like, creative, blocky, and abstract.

E.g., a cartoonish style signifies drawn characters similar to cartoons; a creative style implies quirky character designs such as an alien with a human topology or a combination of human and animal (mythological creature).

Step-by-Step Process for Creation of 3D Modeling Character

The initial planning phase of any project is integral, and it is crucial to get conversant with 3D Character Modeling Workflow to ensure the entire process is carried out smoothly and meets the game’s vision & concept. The following is a beginner-friendly 3D Character Model creation steps.

3D Character Concept

Before starting character creation, you must comprehend their story and connection with other characters, environments, and game plots. And accordingly, visualize the character. We recommend gathering as many references as possible to understand how you will create it. Also, please pay attention to the detail of their background to make a perfectly unique character.

3D Character Blocking

You can commence 3D Model creation by combining primitive shapes into the desired form of your character. E.g., you can use numerous cubical & cylindrical shapes and connect them as different elements of your character model. It will give a concise idea of how your character will appear.

3D Character Sculpting

You will have a smooth model without characteristics, features, and traits during sculpting. A 3D Artist creates them through a sculpting process, like clay modeling. E.g., A Sphere is used for the character’s eyes and making chin & cheekbones; a long cylinder is used for making a finger.

Creation of 3D Character Topology

A game character topology is the surface structure to ascertain 3D Character model visual characteristics. E.g., it is employed to make minute details, such as mouth, nose, eyes, and hair. The correct topology is needed to animate individual parts of the 3D model.

Customarily 3D model topology is created using Polygonal Modeling. As Polygons have numerous corners, it is crucial to select a shape allowing effortless editing & animating of individual character parts.

3D Character Model Rigging & Skinning

Rigging is the creation of a character skeleton, which is essential to animate the skeleton/bones individually in the future, thereby making a 3D human model move. Usually, software used to model characters & other game assets has ready-made skeleton samples.

Post Rigging process comes with Skinning, which involves the creation of Bipedal characters to secure the skeleton & model surface. At this stage, the skeleton becomes the character’s part and can move.

3D Character Rendering

In this process, the 3D Game Artist designs a scene for a 3D model via computer graphics & converts it into a 2D image. 3D Artists fine-tune image lighting, frame texture, and camera direction. The images are primarily used for promotional (advertising) purposes).

3D Character Model Animation

It is the most critical step in 3D Character creation, as 3D Character Artists animate characters’ body movements and make facial expressions to give life to characters. At Polymator, we use advanced tools & technologies to manipulate individual body parts and while working on facial expressions, movements, and gestures.


After reading the blog, you would have fully comprehended how 3D Character Modeling work in the Game Development process, how to decide on 3D Character styles, and the step-by-step process of creating 3D modeling character.

By following all the tips & points we mentioned in the blog, you can create fascinating and visually appealing 3D Gaming Characters to connect users deeply with your gaming characters.

At Polymator, we provide comprehensive 3D Game Art services that include 3D Characters Modeling, 3D Animation, and 3D Environments Modeling. We have dexterous and highly creative 3D Game Artists for hire, proficient in designing & creating enthralling 3D Characters Models and other 3D Game Art.

Contact us for a consultation and quotation for your game 3D Character creation & modeling. And alternatively, please email us your game requirements at contact@polymator.com.


About Author: Polymator Interactive
KP is a veteran of the gaming industry with over 22+ years of experience in Mobile Games, 3D graphics and AR-VR Apps. As the founder and CEO, he is a driving force behind some of the industry's most innovative and cutting-edge projects.
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