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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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A little bit louder, please! | June 2012

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by


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Calling All 3D Artists: Tell Us What You Think

Which new features will make it easier to find the 3D models you need, when you need them? Your votes will help shape
the next evolution at TurboSquid.

Vote for new features, and even add your own to the list!




Play 3D Expert - The Model Rating Game by TurboSquid

Are you a 3D model connoisseur? We’ve got the game for you.

3D Expert flips through TurboSquid models while you rate them on a scale of 1 to 10, awarding points for accuracy and speed. The game collected over 350,000 ratings during the beta. Now that we’ve launched, how will you stack up?


CG Industry Heavy Hitters Convene, Define 3D Modeling Standards

TurboSquid recently assembled the CheckMate Advisory Board to guide the future of the CheckMate 3D modeling standard. The board consists of top VFX professionals working with Bent Image Lab, Blur Studio, CNN, Electronic Arts, Encore Hollywood, NeoScape, The Mill and Weta Digital.CheckMate Advisory Board Announced


Leather Swivel Chair 3D Model by Tora2097

Featured Model for June

One might say that selecting this month’s featured model was influenced by our desire for serenity. Could it be the relaxed tone of this rendering that drew us in? 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, a talented artist with a flair for detail.

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


Featured CheckMate Pro Models

Featured CheckMate Lite Models

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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Models, Movies and Metal Music | April 2012

Friday, April 13th, 2012 by

 

Lights, Camera, 3D Models?
Model Sightings Tend to Make TurboSquid Star Struck

We’re excited and enjoy shining the spotlight on artists’ whose models are used in movie and television productions, making it beyond the cutting room floor. The use of 3D models in the entertainment industry has even resulted in TurboSquid getting our own IMDb page. Read more on the latest sightings in a number of popular U.S. television shows. Be sure to share models that are starring in your productions and projects.

Featured CheckMate Pro Models

 

Featured CheckMate Lite Models

 

Fresh from the Blog

Models by 3D Artists Jamie Hanel Smith and Vespa
Featured Models for April by Jamie Hamel Smith and Vespa

We were wowed by Jamie Hamel Smith’s sleekly styled motorcycle model, then we thought, “what good is a bike without someone to ride it?”; so we paired a model of a biker created by artist Vespa to complete the visual. So for April we get the chance to talk up not one, but two Checkmate Pro models. The sleek speed bike by CG artist Jamie Hamel Smith seemed the perfect complement to Vespa’s rider. We can almost hear this bike screaming past us on the track.

Click here to read more about these talented artists.

 

Hammer Metal Magazine Chooses 3D Models for Awards Promo
When Metal and Models Collide in a Mega Music Publisher Promo

As a result of our own research (as conducted using a “not so scientific” poll of 3D artistson on Facebook), the many flavors of metal music are the jam of choice when making models. So it came as no surprise that the folks at Hammer Magazine used a slew of models when creating the promo video for this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

Watch the video then cast your vote for the band you feel has rocked the hardest this year.

 


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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.


Finding Balance, Building Bridges | March 2012

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by
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Finding The Balance Between Quality and Quantity
Our quest to bring both to customers, artists, and the industry

 

Every industry struggles with the valuation of quality versus
quantity. While there are distinct benefits to both, at some point you must strive to provide balance between the two.

For nearly 12 years, TurboSquid has been building toward being the biggest, now reaching the point where we can bill ours as the largest marketplace for 3D models. While offering the lion’s share of models on the web is an attractive selling point, being the biggest isn’t always equated with quality.

In our quest to be the best, we continue to initiate programs that are to the benefit of both customers and artists. Here’s a recap of a few of these initiatives:

  • SquidGuild Bridge (NEW)
    Program launched as an answer to many requests by talented yet ineligible 3D artists to sell their models at TurboSquid, leading to more quality models for you to choose from. 

  • CheckMate Product Certification
    Industry standard created to ensure quality in 3D models, making them easier to work with – ultimately saving you production time (read as “money”).

  • Top Notch Support
    When it comes to support, out job is never done: we’re available 24/7, 365 days a year. But still we feel there is always more we could be doing. We continue to evolve how we attend to your needs. Whether you choose talk to one of our reps via phone, online chat, or by opening a support ticket, we encourage you to rely on us before or after your purchase is made.   

So as we inch closer to our twelfth anniversary, we thank our longtime customers as well as newbies to the TurboSquid family. We’ll keep pushing toward greatness; provided that you keep coming back for more models.

Featured CheckMate Pro Models

Models identified as CheckMate Pro have been inspected against a 44-point checklist, have flawless quad-based topology, real-world scale, offer customers a beautiful HD previews and are plug-and-play ready to put into your production pipeline. Click here to learn more.











Featured CheckMate Lite Models

CheckMate Lite are also high quality models that have been hand-checked. They are ready for use,
providing assets that open and render without error. Detailed preview images show you exactly what you are buying. 
Click here to learn more.











Fresh from the Blog


3D Model by HD_Ready
Q&A with Featured Artist for March – HD_Ready

For the month of March, TurboSquid features a well-crafted, CheckMate certified 3D model of an LCAC US Navy hovercraft by artist HD_Ready, that looks ready for real-life battle. We took the time to chat with talented artist on what inspires him. Read More


TS Models in Discovery Channel YouTube Promo
Use of 3D Models in Top YouTube Promo Going Swimmingly Well

Four creatures from the TurboSquid model catalog star in the Discovery Network’s recent online video promotions for Shark Week and River Monsters. Read More…

 

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