Eric Kilkenny aka jazzdalek has created an outstanding Wink-video tutorial series on 2D to 3D animation. In this series, he takes you through his character design process starting in Adobe Illustrator.
Characters were constructed in Adobe Illustrator because the Client also needed them for print. Then I imported all the curve data from illustrator into blender and pretty much all the work was done there. The final post processing was done in Discreet Flame. That's about it... 90% of the work was completed in Blender!
Once the character design is completed, he then imports the AI object into Blender. In Blender he gives the AI 2D objects a little bit of a 3D look.
Next is the transformation work through the use of character animation and camera movements where he creates that unique animated perspective style.
The tutorial series is based on the style of the TV commercials for Comcast that he did with studio LAIKA formerly the Will Vinton Studios. This is the studio that originated the California Raisins commercials.
The team consisted of:
Director: Aaron Sorenson
Producer: Sally Bently
Animation/Modeling: David Tin Nyo
Animation/Modeling: Eric Kilkenny
Eric does Freelance/Contract work for Laika and he's currently working on a personal 2D/3D style project:
The film is basically a one minute music video with music by a young girl from France called Miss Emma. The whole song is about how much she loves lemonade. I think she might be 8 or 10 years old... maybe older now? She sings in kind of a 60's Ye' Ye' girl style.
Some stills from his upcoming animation.
Something I look forward to watching!