Make Working 3D Models Quickly With Autodesk’s Free Character Generator

By Eugene . March 8, 2014 . 2:01pm

Aspiring indies have a tough time when it comes to creating content. A lot of it has to be learned from scratch, or else outsourced to people (who may or may not charge you for their services). If you’re of a mind, though, Autodesk have created a new application called Autodesk: Character Generator that aims to ease the process of getting a character model up-and-running for testing quickly.


It’s also kinda for those folks who spend inordinate amounts of time in the character generator for games like Skyrim or Guild Wars 2 before even getting into the game proper.


I gave it a quick spin, creating my own little Terror From Siliconera and was surprised by how easy and painless it really was. With just a few clicks, touching up here, sliding a ruler there, I had something that looked appropriately oddball and totally of my own making. Once you’re signed in, most of the interface is drag’n’drop or sliders and selectors. The generator then updates a preview image on the left as you go.




The generator comes in both free and premium versions. It’s worth noting though that the free version gives you access to nearly all the styles, costumes and other knick-knacks to carve out your own preferred character, tailored to your liking. Users can then tweak this model with additional changes such as hair or clothes.

Once done, you can choose a “rig,” or wireframes that tell a computer how to animate a figure, before exporting it to other gaming developer staples such as Maya. While the free version doesn’t let you export medium and high-quality versions (Premium members have to use Autodesk’s cloud credits, and quick math runs that each generated medium or high-quality render will be US$5 a pop), it does do lo-res renders for free.

That’s perfect for those who just want to tinker around and perhaps learn a little more about how 3D models work, or indie devs hungry to utilize Autodesk tech to come up with working proofs for their games. Premium also gives you access to facial blend shapes and bone rigs, if you don’t want your model having flappy jaw syndrome.


Autodesk: Character Generator is available to try out here.

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  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    Interesting. I’ve been working on character designs through drawn tests, but I need a three dimensional view to truly understand character motion and movement limitations.

  • D-Omen

    I use AutoCAD and various other Autodesk products, this is great news! :D

  • David García Abril

    Tell me they have a plug-in for anime style characters and I’m sold!

    • Godman

      THIS^^^ DO WANT!

  • Raltrios

    Excellent. I was just looking into what I needed to do to get into a Digital Media Design course for college, and this would most likely be incredibly handy.

  • Cazar

    Those are some homely mugs.

  • Godman

    My whole life I’ve been waiting for a software surrounding only creating characters. While not the ideal one (I wished it had different art styles) beggars can’t be choosers. Downloading right away

  • Jonathan Tse

    this is really great, especially the rigging! animating is gonna be a lot more fun with this.

  • Mimi

    “It’s also kinda for those folks who spend inordinate amounts of time in the character generator for games like Skyrim or Guild Wars 2 before even getting into the game proper.”

  • Sergio Briceño

    I’m one of the folks that spends inordinate amounts of time on the PSO2 character creator. And that in on a weekly basis.

  • Genius!

  • Göran Isacson

    Always cool to see more game creation tools released for free: makes you wonder what will come of people getting their hands on creative tools without financial barriers in place.

  • raeldor

    This is great! I might give it a try see if I can get one of the characters into Unity.

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