Chibi Sprite Rendering

  • January 19, 2013
  • Blender 2.6x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: vidjogamer
  • License: CC-BY-SA
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The blend contains a chibi girl I modeled for testing my 3D to 2D sprite rendering techniques for 2D video game asset production.

Non-photo realistic rendering presents a unique set of challenges compared to photo realistic rendering. Rendering at extremely low resolutions only complicates the process. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of reference material for these less popular styles of rendering. It is my hope that by sharing this you can learn from my techniques and more people become interested in non-photorealistic rendering!

Rendered with Freestyle and Cycles. You will need a Freestyle build for this to render properly.


  • inuyasha987 profile picture

    why blender keeps crashing after loading this blend?

    Edited January 19, 2013
  • vidjogamer profile picture

    You need to download a blender build with freestyle. Go to and search freestyle.

    Edited January 19, 2013
  • joshmnky profile picture

    "Rendered with Freestyle and Cycles. You will need a Freestyle build for this to render properly"

    This must be it, happened to me too. Crash on click.

    Edited January 19, 2013
  • vidjogamer profile picture

    I just tested on a non freestyle version. It was revision 52859 on win7 x64. It doesnt crash for me. Do you know what revision you were using?

    Written January 21, 2013
  • inuyasha987 profile picture

    I've downloaded blender 2.5 and it's all ok

    Edited January 22, 2013
  • xanahl profile picture

    This is amazing.

    Written January 20, 2013
  • vidjogamer profile picture

    I think I'm going to make a non-freestyle version to make it easier on everyone.

    Written January 20, 2013
  • basspenguin profile picture

    Or wait a bit since Freestyle should official in Blender 2.67 :). Either way.

    Edited January 20, 2013
  • dokuro profile picture

    just append the model to one of your existing blends, you won't get the colors tho

    Edited January 22, 2013
  • vidjogamer profile picture

    Does it crash for you too? What revision are you using? What OS are you on?

    Written January 23, 2013
  • ted profile picture

    I know It's asking for a lot, I'd love it if you made a youtube video tutorial... I'm trying to understand how you've rendered this, but am new to blender and 3d models...

    Written April 28, 2013
  • arcnor profile picture

    For anyone not getting a nice stroked version when rendering, I had to disable "Sky" on the FreestyleScene Renderlayer. I still don't get the same lighting (Chibi's hair is darker than embedded version) but it's better than before. Maybe someone has the ultimate fix :)

    Written May 02, 2013
  • boringuser profile picture

    This is fantastic work, thank you for sharing. I'm also very interested in a 2D asset creation pipeline that uses 3D rendering, and it's very hard to find information on the subject or other folks who are doing it.

    If you could share any other information you have on the subject, resources, etc, that would be great.

    Written May 26, 2013
  • nyckevinwong profile picture

    I also noticed that the specific detail of this 3d model. for example, her eyes.

    can you make a youtube tutorial for this? Your technique is absolutely amazing.

    Written January 11, 2016
  • nyckevinwong profile picture

    How about you make a written tutorial and this might lead someone else to make a youtube tutorial for this. :)

    Written January 11, 2016
  • N3stor profile picture

    Looks great but in the latest versions the freestyle ink layer seems to be covered by the rest of the render, it flashes briefly before the end of the render and then disappears

    I'm trying to dl a 2.65 freestyle from graphicall but I'm having some trouble, but perhaps it's a simple fix to update it to the latest blender version... :)

    Written March 11, 2016
  • Heinrichson profile picture

    For those not getting the desired effect, try the following: - Select the second scene (FreestyleScene) - Go to "Render Layers" - Deactivate "Sky" under "Include:"

    It seems that the gray background is multiplied into the picture which results in a darker render lacking some of the crisp lines.

    Written May 29, 2016
  • SexydXckman profile picture

    Can you make a Tut.

    Written June 06, 2017
  • jdrcreatives profile picture

    I know this is a very old thread, but does anyone know how to export this with a transparent background?

    Written July 30, 2018