130+ Resources For 3D Artists and Creators

Whether you're a 3D master or a 3D newbie, we're sure you can find some ideas for your digital toolbox in our collection of resources.

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Tutorials
  1. 3dtotal - books, resources and tutorials for 3D artists
  2. Udemy - lots of courses and tutorial priced as low as 9.99
  3. Lynda.com - LinkedIn company on e-learning, subscription-based.
  4. Pluralsight – one of the biggest technology learning platforms
  5. Gnomon – computer graphics education for careers in the entertainment industry.
  6. Zbrushguides - learning hub for 3D artists
  7. Texturing.xyz Good amount of tutorials on how to use their maps
  8. ZClassroom - Pixologic official site with a bunch of excellent ZBrush-related tutorials and tips
Events
9. ZBrush Summit 2019 - Free annual event by Zbrush creators in LA
10. SIGGRAPH - two of the world's largest, annual conferences on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques: LA + Asia.
11. Trojan Horse was a Unicorn - epic annual event for 2D and 3D artists
12. Animayo - international festival with smaller editions all around the world
13. E3 - large-scale event covering a wide range of gaming, VFX and art domains
14. BFX - The UK's largest visual effects, computer games & animation festival
15. FMX - Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media (Stuttgart)
16. SXSW - annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that happens mid-March in Austin, Texas
17. LightBox - California-based event, bringing together best artists from animation, live-action, illustration and gaming
18. Monsterpalooza - American multigenre convention focusing on horror, creatures and makeup work
19. IFCC - Croatia-based international digital art festival
20. IndustryWorkshops - one of the leading creative industry events, based in the UK
21. Playgrounds - conference and festival about concept art and design in animation, film and games
Artists and content creators
22. Marlon Nunez - 3D character artist, known for digital doubles and iconic pieces
23. CaptainDisilluision – a famous superhero debunking internet hoaxes.
24. Vitaly Bulgarov – concept designer, 3D artist and hard-surface modeller
25. Tor Frick – art director, concept designer and 3D generalist
26. David Revoy – a digital artist using 100% open-source
27. Ben Nicholas – senior concept artist, designer and photographer helping people to deal with depression by tweeting his journey
28. Kris Costa - kick-ass hyperrealism artist
29. Rafael Grassetti - Creates characters for games, toys and comics, and documents his process
Communities
30. CGSociety - Massive 3D art community, holds contests and workshops, regularly publishes production spotlights, and has a premium membership option
31. 3DTotal - the UK equivalent of CGSociety
32. ZbrushCentral - the major focus here is digital sculpting in Zbrush
33. Conceptart.org - ConceptArt is one of the premier forums on the web for artists who are interested in learning character, creature, and environment design. Not necessarily a 3D, but we all need the younger brother, right?
34. DeviantArt - a massive community for artists of every variety with hundreds of thousands of pieces of art uploaded every day
35. PARTcloud.net - Artwork showcases, 3D challenges and interviews with active members
36. Polycount - Polycount community focuses on game art
Images, textures, HDRIs, icons and photos
37. TextureHaven – high quality textures (8K, PBR) by Rob Tuytel. Licensed under Creative Commons 0.
38. HDRI Haven - High-quality HDRIs
39. HDRlabs - collection of HDRs from different fields
40. Poliigon – a huge library of textures, materials and HDR's.
41. Creative Market - icons, images, graphics, fonts and more. Free content every week.
42. Unsplash - a library of free beautiful photos
Texturing
43. Texturing.xyz - High-end content library for 3D artists
44. Textures.com - Up to 15 free textures daily
45. Texturer.com - large variety of textures for artists and architects
46. CC0 Textures – public domain PBR textures
47. Texture Ninja – public domain textures
48. Materialize – a stand-alone tool for creating materials for use in games from images.
49. PixaFlux – PBR texture composer, visual scripting of image operations.
50. ArmorPaint – a stand-alone software designed for physically-based texture painting.
51. Substance 3D – 3D material creation tool, defacto the standard in the 3d graphics industry for PBR texturing.
3D assets
52. yobi3d – a robust 3D model search engine with the Search by Image and Search by 3D Model functionality.
53. CGtrader - 3D Models for VR / AR and CG projects
54. Turbosquid - Buy 3D models for your project
55. Free3d - 3D Models for Free
56. Archive3d - Download Free 3D Objects
57. Cadnav - Free 3D and cad models
Typography
58. Google Fonts – an extensive catalogue of open source designer web fonts.
59. Fontsquirrel – as they describe themselves, Free Font Utopia. High quality free fonts licensed for commercial use.

Bonus: A great blog post from Website Planet with a selection of free fonts
Blender community
60. Blender Network – Blender Foundation's official partnership program, an online directory and social network for Blender professionals.
61. Aidy Burrows – CG artist, veteran game developer
62. James B. Candy – 3D scanner and film maker at Classy Dog Films.
63. Bill Barber – tutorial maker, runs BlenderBrit website.
64. Leonardo Braz – 3D artist with a huge potential.
65. Grant Wilk – 3D generalist, creator of Remington Graphics.
66. Troy Sobotka – acolyte of moving pixels, an expert of color science.
67. Paul Chambers – professional CG generalist, runs a blog.
68. Mason Menzies – environment 3D artist
69. Rachel Frick – a super stylish CG artist
70. James O'Brien (Vadim Ignatiev) – CG artist. Check his car and city renders!
71. YanSculpts (Yanal Sosak) – a passionate hard working character artist.
72. Penfinity – Blender tutorials and amazing hard-surface modeling expertise by Wesley Vanitou.
73. Lawrence Jaeger – 3D & motion Designer
74. Jim Morren – 3D character artist and asset creator.
75. Sean Kennedy – professional VFX artist, runs OpenVisualFX blog with tips and training for free & open-source VFX software.
76. Daniel Martinez Lara – the director of award-winning animated shorts, artist, developer of Grease Pencil
77. Daniel Bystedt – Blender artist, senior character artist at Goodbye Kansas Studios.
78. Jerry Perkins (masterxeon1001) – creator of HardOps and other add-ons for Blender, member of TeamC.
79. MACHIN3 – creates modeling add-ons and 3D assets.
Free and Paid Blender add-ons
80. Animation Nodes – Free: a node-based parametric modeling and visual scripting system designed for motion graphics in Blender. How cool is that.
81. Sverchok – Free: a powerful parametric modeling toolset for Blender, featuring >150 nodes for creating and manipulating geometry.
82. FLIP Fluids – a paid liquid simulation add-on for Blender, based on a modern FLIP-based fluid solver.
Alternative game engines
83. Godot – free and open source game engine, being developed at a high rate. The Blender of game engines.
84. Armory – an open-source 3D game engine with full Blender integration.
3D content publishing platforms
85. Sketchfab – the biggest 3D content publishing community, aimed at turning 3D into a mainstream media format. Sketchfab is a marketplace as well as a hub for Creative Commons content.
86. Artstation - the leading showcase platform for games, film, media & entertainment artists
Marketplaces to Sell Your 3D Models
87. Turbosquid - Friendly marketplace
88. Sketchfab - a community and a marketplace
89. CG Trader - Earn up to 80% royalties
90. Shapeways - open your 3D model shop
91. Daz3D - software and marketplace
92. SketchUp 3D warehouse - A 3D file repository and marketplace
Print services
93. Printful – on-demand online printing and shipping, can be paired with Gumroad for semi-automatic orders.
Website creation apps
94. SquareSpace – a paid website authoring, marketing and analytics platform.
95. Wix - create your website in a few clicks
Image editing apps
96. Canva – create designs and documents in your browser, drag-n-drop style.
97. 8Bit Photo Lab – a photo filtering app capable of simulating the '8-bit' look of various computers and consoles from the 80s and 90s.
Free 3D software
98. SculptGL – a digital sculpting web app with sources available on Github. Features dynamic topology, remeshing, matcaps, you name it.
99. MagicaVoxel – a free lightweight 8-bit voxel art editor and interactive path tracing renderer.
Collaboration and productivity
100. Perforce – collaboration tools that are compatible with Unreal Engine among other things.
101. Dropbox - An all-purpose cloud storage tool with a desktop app
102. Online 3D Viewer - A basic free tool to view and inspect 3D models.
103. Google Docs – online editing, sharing, and collaborating on documents
104. Trello - organize images and links into visual kanban boards
105. iMeshup - 3D game repository and online viewer
Freelancing
106. Upwork - General freelance jobs
107. Guru - another general board with good volume
108. People Per Hour - job board primarily used by small businesses
109. Freelancer.com - One of the oldest freelance job sites
110. Fiverr - Good for micro-gigs and for getting started
Careers and advice
111. Indeed - Best if you're looking for a job in the UK/Europe
112. Glassdoor - great for salary information and insiders' information on employers
Portfolio tips and tools
113. This article on Patreon - What does junior-level art actually look like
114. P3d.in - An online portfolio tool for 3D artists
115. GrabCAD - Online 3D printing modelling community and portfolio space.
Books
116. Anatomy of facial expression - Must-read for all artists that work with human faces. A lot of examples of different facial expressions.
117. Art Fundamentals: Color, Light, Composition, Anatomy, Perspective, and Depth - Art Fundamentals addresses key basic subjects such as color and light, composition, perspective and depth, anatomy, and portraying emotions
118. Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney – A meticulous study of color and light in paintings.
119. James Elkins: How to Use Your Eyes – A book that gives you a glimpse into the inner workings of our visual system.
120. Portrait Sculpting – Anatomy & Expressions in clay – Philippe & Charisse Faraut - modeling the human face in water-based clay featuring more than 100 new sculptures
121. Beginner's Guide to Zbrush - all Zbrush fundamentals in one place, published by 3D Total
122. ZBrush – Digital Sculpturing Human Anatomy - This full-colour, illustrated guide teaches you the basics of human anatomy, so you can create captivating human figures that really come to life on screen
Podcasts
123. Character art podcast - created by Jon Troy Nickel and Galvin Goulden
124. Art Cafe - a podcast with a focus on concept art
125. The collective podcast - covers a variety of digital art trends, created by Ash Thorp
126. Allan McKay podcast - a creative and career-related podcast focused on artists in Design, Film, Visual Effects and Video Games.
127. GameDevUnchained - Game development podcast
YouTube channels
128. The New Boston - tutorial series for 3ds Max, UDK, Adobe Premier, & After Effects, but beyond that there are also lessons on GUI programming, Python, Android/iPhone development, HTML5, and every variation of C, C#, C++, Objective C, and even basic algebra.
129. The World of Level Design - Their videos are focused on UDK, CryEngine, level design, modeling, and asset production in Maya
130. FZD School of Design - Led by the masterful Feng Zhu, the channel is actually focused more on concept art, design, and digital painting than 3D production
131. AcrezHD - It's a cool channel for the motion graphics crowd, made even cooler by the fact that some of their training just can't be found anywhere else on YouTube
132. Zbro Z - There are videos on both organic and hard surface sculpting, texturing, anatomy, and design, but it's not so much an instructional channel as it is a showcase of one person's dedication to improvement.
133. ZBrush 4 Tutorials - The playlist contains over 90 different Z4 tutorials and links out to a few more channels that are definitely worth your subscription.
Misc
134. NormalMapOnline – an online normal map generator.
135. terrain.party – the easy way to extract real-world height maps.
SEPTEMBER, 9 / 2019

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