3D Animator

20 Best 3D Animator

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Sherry Batra

Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

Designing In IRL, URL & AR 👩🏼‍🎨

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Marisa Chentakul

Seattle, WA, USA

Growing and designing startups

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Yunus Gezginci

Bursa, Turkey

Creating 3D Magic ✨

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Kat Manalese

Metro Manila, Philippines

3d designer + content creator 🧸

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Oleksii Kaiukov


UX/UI & Web Design for your Business✱Framer Expert

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Jose Martinez Castro

Delft, Netherlands

Designer working with future-driven brands

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Cinzia Nicoletti

33100 Udine, Province of Udine, Italy

Technologically advanced solutions made with 💖

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Mihai Tigleanu

Bucharest, Romania

Illustrator, animator and communication designer

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Eugene Upston

United States

Specialized 3D Designer & Web Developer

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Quinton Butler

Dallas, TX, USA

Branding Interactive Web Designs - Framer & Spline

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Paritosh Paghdal


Artist Approaching Clients Needs

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Huzama Khalid

Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Passionate 3D artist creating high-quality visuals

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James Agudah

Leicester, UK

Expert in all things design & animation.

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Marc Marriott


Creator focused on Video and Animation

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Axel Oliva


Graphic Designer | Video Editor | 3D Artist

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Kir Kovalski


Mobile UI/UX designer, Spline.Design Expert

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Matthew Morrison

Chicago, IL, USA

Full-service Design that Converts 🎨

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Jordan McBarnett

Tampa, FL, USA

Transforming Concepts into Reality

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Austin Allen

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Transforming Vision to Art

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Facundo Bilotto


Product Designer, Framer Expert, 3D Designer

Common projects for 3D Animators

Creating animated characters for video games or films.

Designing 3D models for architectural visualizations or product designs.

Developing animations for advertising or marketing campaigns.

Creating visual effects for movies or TV shows.

Designing 3D animations for educational or training materials.

Creating animated sequences for virtual reality experiences.

Tips for working with and hiring 3D Animators

Define your project requirements

Before hiring a 3D animator, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of your project. This includes the type of animation you need, the style, the complexity, and the deadline. Having a well-defined project will enable the animator to provide accurate quotes and timelines.

Check portfolios

Review the 3D animator's portfolio on Contra to assess their style, creativity, and quality of work. Make sure their previous projects align with what you envision for your own project.

Verify technical skills

3D animation requires proficiency in a range of software and tools. Ensure the animator is proficient in the necessary software, such as Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, or Blender.

Maintain good communication

Good communication is key to the success of your project. Make sure to provide clear instructions and feedback. Regular updates on the project's progress can help avoid any misunderstandings. All communication should be done through Contra to ensure a smooth process.

How to hire 3D Animators

Define your needs

Start by defining the scope of your project, including the type of animation, style, complexity, and timeline. This will help you communicate your needs to potential animators and will help them provide accurate quotes.

Post a detailed job

Post a job on Contra with all the details of your project. Include information about the project, the skills required, the timeline, and your budget. This will attract animators who are a good fit for your project.

Review applications

Review the applications and portfolios of potential animators. Look at their past work to assess their style, creativity, and quality. Also, check their reviews to see what past clients have said about their work.

Conduct interviews

Interview potential candidates to gauge their understanding of your project and their ability to deliver. Ask about their process, their experience with similar projects, and how they handle revisions and feedback.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right animator, make an offer through Contra. Clearly define the project scope, payment terms, and timeline in the contract to avoid any misunderstandings later on.

3 questions to ask when interviewing 3D Animators

1. Can you describe a project where you faced a significant challenge and how you overcame it?

2. Which 3D animation software are you most proficient in, and why do you prefer using it?

3. Can you explain your process for creating a 3D animation from concept to completion?

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Frequently asked

A freelance 3D animator creates animations in a three-dimensional digital environment. They can create characters, objects, and environments, and add realistic movements and expressions to these elements. Their work is often used in video games, films, advertisements, and more.

A freelance 3D animator creates animations in a three-dimensional digital environment. They can create characters, objects, and environments, and add realistic movements and expressions to these elements. Their work is often used in video games, films, advertisements, and more.

Hiring a 3D animator on Contra gives you access to top talent from around the world. You can review portfolios, communicate directly with the animators, and handle payments all within the platform. Plus, Contra's commission-free policy ensures that the animators receive the full payment for their work.

3D animation is the process of creating moving images in a three-dimensional digital environment. This is achieved using specialized software and involves creating 3D models of characters or objects and then animating them to move and behave in realistic ways.

To hire a 3D animator on Contra, you can post a job detailing your project requirements. Animators who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of 3D animators and invite those you are interested in to apply for your job.

3D animation is commonly used in a variety of fields such as film and television, video games, advertising, and architecture. It's used to create lifelike characters, realistic scenes, product models, architectural visualizations, and more.

The cost of hiring a 3D animator on Contra can range from $17 to $30 per hour, depending on the complexity of the project, the animator's experience, and the project duration.

3D animators use a variety of software depending on their specialization and the requirements of the project. Some of the most popular software used include Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, and Blender. They may also use software like ZBrush for sculpting, and Houdini for procedural animation.

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