If I were looking for a Japanese manga artist, I would use the Japanese characters for the word "mangaka." I need the Japanese word and characters for a word that means "3D character artist" or "3D character modeller."

Do the Japanese have a specific term for this, like mangaka is for 2D art? Or do they just use the same words except in Japanese?

I'm trying to find a Japanese 3D character modeller. My own Japanese is actually very fluent, I just need to know if there is a specific term for it or some other way to help me find one. Thanks in advance!

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The translations are 3Dキャラクターアーティスト and 3Dキャラクターモデラー, respectively. 3D is usually pronounced スリーディー.

Unlike 漫画家, there are no common kanji Japanese words for these. Here's why: Why is a blackboard called 黒板, but a whiteboard is not called 白板?

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    Sculptors use the word 塑造 for (clay) modelling, but as far as I know, it's never used in 3DCG contexts.
    – naruto
    Aug 1, 2019 at 23:47

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