Artists’ Monthly || January 2013
It seems almost impossible to find a story related to the world of competitive cycling these days that isn’t drenched in shamefulness or suspicion. Thankfully, the modeling industry is seldom susceptible to such scandal. The beautiful render that now graces our front page features a spectacular model of a racing cyclist as he rides an equally impressive road bike 3D model—the handy work of TurboSquid artist dmk76. Both models share the Checkmate Pro Certified badge, as does 1/3 of the artist’s catalog.
Read how dmk76 took his love of childhood art and evolved it into a successful career in 3D artistry.
In case you’ve missed it, the search result pages on TurboSquid recently got a lot more interactive. The introduction of ”Quick Preview” earlier this week allows site visitors the ability to quickly view multiple images of a single product within search results before visiting the product page.
After analyzing loads of data, we came to the conclusion that customers really want to get into the site, find what they need and get out as quickly as possible. This is the first in a number of changes that are in the works which center around shortening the customer journey, while not limiting exposure to as many relevant models as possible.
Every few weeks, the team at TurboSquid comes together to push out some new exciting (and hopefully helpful) features to the site. While many times we spend weeks discussing, designing, and debating exactly how something will be implemented, it’s all worth it when we finally get to show it off.
Check Out Our New Checkout
The complete redesign of the shopping cart was long overdue, but there is a lot of functionality to consider when making major changes to an area of the site that is relied on heavily by so many.
Here’s a quick tour of a few of the new features:
While space has been deemed the final frontier (special thanks to the creators of “Star Trek” for that one), for 3D artist Radoxist, his Astronaut Spacesuit model represents the beginning of his journey as a CheckMate Pro certified artist on TurboSquid. Mind you, Radoxist is no stranger to the CheckMate standard. Of his over 100 models, a number of those have made it through to become CheckMate Lite certified, but the featured model for the month of November will likely not be his last stab at Pro. We got to know a little bit about this talented artist, how he started his career in 3D modeling, his favorite creations and current works.
When did you start 3D modeling?
About 13 years ago I had a really long summer after the school year. 3ds max 5 somehow got into my hands and it was love at first sight. You can see some of my earliest works in this Facebook album, and I must say I feel quite nostalgic looking at them. They are so funny! Then 3 years ago I started my professional carrier at my own Radoxist studio.
Where do you find inspiration for your 3D models?
Everyday life around me, but sometimes I really have to think hard to come up with something interesting for me. I love my most recent model, the astronaut suit. But if I have to choose something close to my heart, it would probably be my snowmen. They are the same object, but at the same time they are so different.
What’s most important to you when making 3D models?
I am always quite tough on myself, so I think the quality always matters to me the most. Also, when making a new model, the model has be different enough from other models online in order to interest me.
Tell us about your experience with TurboSquid and CheckMate.
I’ve had only a good experiences with TurboSquid, so I would recommend it to anyone thinking about joining the community. But if you want to be successful, you have to always offer something special compared to the other artists. Checkmate is a very good idea overall, but sometimes it is quite time-consuming to get the model to CheckMate Pro. I think my astronaut suit was the most suitable for CheckMate Pro of all my models.
What are you working on currently?
I have a challenging personal project that I have set up. It will be a huge reconstruction of an old painting (Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault) but with new techniques of 3D graphics, retouching and photo-shooting. We are on our way to get around $10,000 for this project, so wish us luck !
The subject matter of this month’s model also struck a chord with a number of the TurboSquid team; as it inspired us, click here to enjoy our space-inspired playlist.
Want to see your CheckMate Pro Certified Model featured on the TurboSquid Home Page? Click here to learn how to submit your model for consideration .