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Artists’ Monthly | November 2012

Monday, November 19th, 2012 by

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Artists’ Monthly || November 2012    
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Is Your Model Meme-Worthy?

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Model Memes
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If you’re a fan of our Facebook page or you’ve been keeping up with our blog posts, our recent fascination with memes is obvious. It all started with the addition of (what we considered to be) humorous quips related to customers and artists of 3D models added to the extremely popular “Y U No Guy” meme.

But that was only the beginning of the big dream when it comes to memes. Visual content is the rising star of the Internet. While text and written content is still important, images are easy to share online.

Now all we need is you! Help us find images of models worthy of Internet stardom.  Here’s what to do:

Found an image but can’t find the words? No problem, just send us the link to the image and we’ll have the staff work on a caption.

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Featured Model of the Month

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Featured 3D Model by Radoxist

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“Oh my God, it’s full of stars!”  This month’s featured model, an Astronaut Suit by 3D artist Radoxist, is sure to excite sci-fi and space fans alike, as the artist proves that he really does have the right stuff when it comes to modeling.

Groove to our space-inspired playlist while you meet the man behind the model in our latest Artist Spotlight interview.

Think your CheckMate Pro model has what it takes to be the next Featured Model on our home page? Click here for details.

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Artist Newsletter – September 2012

Friday, September 28th, 2012 by

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Artists’ Monthly || September 2012  
 

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CheckMate Publishing Pricing Changes

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CheckMate Publishing Pricing Changes
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Not so long ago, if an artist wanted to publish and offer a CheckMate Pro model a price other than $149, there was a somewhat tedious process to request this change.

Well, no more! Because of your feedback, we’ve added options as part of the the publishing process allowing the model to carry the price as soon as the model has been CheckMate Certified.

Read more about this change and let us know what you think. 

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Featured Model of the Month

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Featured 3D Model by RaaYaar

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Games may be to blame for RaaYaar’s start as a 3D modeler. It all started when the maker of this month’s breathtaking desert mountain model was bored by simply playing videos games, so he turned to dissecting them for fun. In search of a more creative outlet, he was drawn to 3D modeling. We’re glad that this path ultimately led him to TurboSquid, where his inspired 3D creations are on display for all to see.

Click here to learn more about RaaYaar.

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Helpful How-To Videos

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Helpful How-To Videos for 3D Modelers

We know that the road to CheckMate Certification can sometimes be tricky, so we’re here to help. We’re creating video tutorials to help artists tackle the hang-ups that arise when working through the CheckMate spec.

Whether it’s making a wireframe thumbnail using Scanline or mental ray in 3ds Max or finding a fix for  overlapping faces in 3ds Max, these short how-to’s are designed to get you closer to passing CheckMate.

View our full library of video tutorials. 

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Artists’ Monthly | July 2012

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 by

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Artists’ Monthly || July 2012 

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It Pays to Be a CheckMate Artist

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Stats Show It Pays to be a CheckMate Artist
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June was a great month for CheckMate models, which accounted for just over 16% of 3D models sold at TurboSquid. When you consider that less than 3% of our 3D model catalog is CheckMate Certified, it’s clear that CheckMate models have an advantage when it comes to sales.  Click here for the detailed breakdown.

Related News: Read the Recently Updated CheckMate Spec 

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Olympic Inspired Models

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Olympic Inspired Models

As the world braces for the start of the Olympic games in London, we thought it the perfect time to showcase a few medal-worthy models. We’ve even sprinkled in a few of the sites sure to be seen by both athletes and attendees while exploring London.

Let the games begin!

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Artists’ Monthly | June 2012

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 by

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Artists’ Monthly || June 2012  
        
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CheckMate Advisory Board Meets to 
Define 3D Modeling Standards

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CheckMate Advisory Board Convenes
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TurboSquid is excited to have top VFX Professionals from such established companies as Weta Digital, CNN, and Electronic Arts as part of the CheckMate Advisory Board. This group of CG heavy hitters recently came together to discuss how to continue to evolve the only industry standard for 3D models.

See the full list of board members and what they had to say about Checkmate.

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June’s Featured Model

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Featured 3D Model by Tora2097

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One might say that selecting this month’s featured model was influenced by our subconscious. Could it be the sense of calm that the serene setting gives us or the overall relaxed tone that surrounds this elegant model?

Whatever the reason, the detailed construction of this upscale leather swivel chair model by artist Tora2097 is worth a closer look. We took a few minutes to get to know Tora2097, the talented artist with a flair for archviz accents.

Click here to to read our Q&A with 3D artist Tora2097.

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Models of Quality:

3D Expert Top Rated Models for May

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Top 3D Expert Rated Models for May

Over the past few weeks, artists and 3D industry press have been promoting and playing 3D Expert. Over 2,000 players have cast nearly 350,000 votes. Players rate model quality on a 1 to 10 scale. Click here to see the models that made it to the top of the charts for the month of May.

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Artists’ Monthly || May 2012

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by

 


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Artists’ Monthly || May 2012    
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Are You a 3D Expert?

New game puts artists’ eye for quality to the test

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Play 3D Expert - The Render Rating Game by TurboSquid
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Who better to rate models than by the artists skilled to create them? That’s exactly what we thought when it came down to creating a game that would provide accurate ratings that will ultimately improve the search results on TurboSquid.com.

We’ve been quietly building and testing a game that lets you, the artist, determine the quality of models in our ever growing online catalog.

A small group of artist have been beta testing the game and their response has been phenomenal, describing the game as “highly addictive”. Check out what our test group of players have been saying about 3D Expert (formerly known as 3D Critic).

Ready to test your skills?
Click here to start playing 3D Expert NOW!

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Monthly Featured Models

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Featured 3D Models by Vespa and Jamie Hamel Smith

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This month, we decided to allow two featured models to share the spotlight atop our home page.

We were wowed by Jamie Hamel Smith’s sleekly styled Yamaha R6 motorcycle model, but then we thought, “what good is a bike without someone to ride it?” – so we paired it with an equally impressive, complementary creation, Vespa’s street biker model.  We can almost hear this duo screaming past us on the track.

With two models, that also gave us twice the time with each of these talented Checkmate Pro Certified artists; click their names to read more about Jamie Hamel Smith and Vespa.

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Did You Know…

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In Search of Inspiration

There are free sources for data that can help provide you with insight into what people are searching. This information can provide you with trends, patterns and possibly the next “big thing” when it comes to purchases on the horizon. With a keen eye on current events, a little search data and the trusty SquidGuild artist reports, you may have found the inspiration for your next 3D creation. Read more on how data can drive your designs.

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Artists’ Monthly – March 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by
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Artists’ Monthly || March 2012    

In this issue

Building a SquidGuild Bridge
Monthly Featured Model
Did You Know…
Benefits of Being the Best

Other news

Takeaways from GDC 2012

For those who missed the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco this year, a few Squids made their way to the expo floor earlier this month. Check out their top takeaways from what has become a Mecca of geekdom for gamers worldwide. Top picks included Autodesk’s newly announced “Hyperspace Madness” and Mindwave, a kit that boasts the ability to translate mental reaction into visible actions, by Neurosky.

Click here to read the full blog post complete with pictures, video, and links to these amazing new products.

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Building a SquidGuild Bridge

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Bridge model by 3D Graphics

In recent months, artists have been clamoring to get into the SquidGuild. With many of them bound by outside agreements, it seemed they may never have the chance, until now.

TurboSquid is excited to announce the SquidGuild Bridge, allowing previously ineligible artists the ability to have their models showcased on TurboSquid.com, as well as submitted for consideration to become CheckMate certified.

SquidGuild Bridge was designed to give these artists a gateway to becoming full-fledged members of the SquidGuild, while also expanding the variety and size of the CheckMate models catalog.We invite existing SquidGuild members to share their thoughts on this new program, as well as the program details with those artists you believe would be interested in participating.

Click here for complete program details.

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Monthly Featured Model

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Featured 3D Model by HD_Ready

For the month of March, our home page is showcasing this stunning CheckMate Pro model of an LCAC U.S. Navy hovercraft. We spent some time chatting with the artist, HD_Ready, to find out what inspires his digital creations. Click here to read the entire interview.

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Benefits of Being the Best

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TurboSquid Script Contest - Megaphone model by RenderStuff
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As our CheckMate Tools Contest nears the deadline for submissions, remember this – winning isn’t just about snagging a hefty cash prize, it’s also about bragging rights. Money is great, but being heralded as the top scripter in the land (at least by us) certainly ups the ante.

So tighten up your script and get it in by March 31st. The scripts-in-progress that we’ve gotten a sneak peak of have been very impressive, therefore we suggest bringing your “A” game to this competition.

Haven’t started scripting yet? That’s ok, there’s still time to get one ready. Click here for the full list of script features, contest details, and prizes.

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Did You Know…

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Want more specific data? All of the statistics provided are available to artists with works published on TurboSquid.com.

Simply login to your Account Dashboard, then scroll to the bottom of the page to the “What’s Selling on TurboSquid?” area. Reports available include Top Site Searches, Sales Reports (by category, keyword and file format), as well as Publishing Reports.

Use this valuable information to inspire your next digital creation while meeting the demands of customers.


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