feature: toronto-based visual artist blckgold turns 2d sketches into movie-ready 3d models

May 11, 2016

blckgold (aka Simon ‘Sy’ Blake) is an outrageously talented illustrator/animator/3D and 2D designer based in Toronto, who is killing every creative avenue he specializes in. But today I want to highlight his impressive 3D character models of artist and collaborator Gyimah Gariba’s 2D illustrations. His miniature renderings are so well executed and crafted, they’re basically feature film ready. These original characters exude uncanny personality thanks to Gariba’s original imagery and Blckgold’s supreme attention to the details, like the hyper-realistic textures of the clothing and hair. To complete these projects, Blckgold uses Adobe Suite and a combination of Zbrush, Modo, and Keyshot. Check out some of my favorite characters down below and follow Blckgold and Gariba on Instagram.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at