Life in 3D

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

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13 horror inspired 3D environments you’ll be glad aren’t real

3D horror galore! Take a look at the creepy creations 3D artists are creating with Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, Arnold, and Mudbox.

Download 14 free wood textures for your 3D project

Want gnarled and worm infested? Redwood or mahogany? Maybe some pine wood panels or oaks floors? Download all these free textures and more.

My 3D internship at Framestore

Looking to gain some experience in 3D with an internship? We chatted with 3D animation grad, Keegan McDougall, about his journey as a Framestore Launchpad intern (and the many perks that come with it).

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.

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.

Because Shark Week: Inside that VFX shark shot in "Kon-Tiki"

A concise walkthrough of the steps the VFX team at Important Looking Pirates took to achieve that shark shot in feature film, "Kon-Tiki."

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.