Life in 3D

Resources for artists living life in 3D: breakdowns, tutorials, interviews, and more

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  • Unity
  • VR

24 seriously awesome animated characters

From space explorers and chillbots to monsters under the bed, enjoy these seriously awesome animated creatures made by our equally awesome AREA 3D artists.

Two quick ways to a job in VFX (and their pros and cons)

There are two quick ways to get a job in the VFX industry. James Stone of Cinesite shares the pros and cons of being a junior VS a runner.

Transform Elements in 3ds Max

Learn how to use the Data Channel Modifier to transform elements in 3ds Max.

Furry and fuzzy 3D animals: A color palette

Check out five 3D furry animals skillfully conceived by five uber-talented members of our AREA community.

Because Shark Week: VFX Breakdown from "The Shallows"

Watch this JAWSome breakdown of the villainous photoreal shark from "The Shallows." VFX by Swedish VFX studio, Important Looking Pirates.

Because Shark Week: 13 sea creatures and aquatic scenes

In celebration of Shark Week, we've netted 13 sea creatures and aquatic scenes for you to sink your 3D-lovin' teeth into. Enjoy! 

Launching a career with a 3D internship

School alone is hardly enough to land you that dream VFX job – but how will you gain experience without a job? The answer: Land a 3D internship.

Because Shark Week: 5 downloads for a 3D underwater scene

5 free downloads for a shark week scene: Get a Shark Base Mesh, Turtle Base Mesh, Pebbles Stamp, Scales Stamp, and Water Droplet Texture.

Geek out: 19 fan art pieces to get inspired by

Ready to geek out? From Disney to the Zodiac Killer, here are 19 fan art pieces made in 3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, and rendered with Arnold.

Tips to confidently share your 3D work online

3D artists Mao Lin Liao and Gwen Frey discuss the pros and cons and best practices when sharing your work online – and with confidence.