Our 3D Model Inspectors see a lot of models, day in and day out. While many of the models pass their inspections, sometimes a model really stands out, and our Inspector Team is thrilled to share it with the world.
For this roundup, we’re taking a look back at the Inspector Picks for the month of June and sharing some ideas from the Inspectors themselves about what makes a great model.
This stage model by MS_RAY was practically made for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Says Inspector Logan, “Everything is organized and easy to control– the video walls are easy to replace with your own images or video. The geometry is clean and can be either a day or night scene.”
Another pick from Inspector Logan, this anatomical model by Scyrus is practical and stylish, but its real charm lies in its creative turntables. Logan adds, ”It’s incredibly realistic– each bone and muscle is named correctly according to its Latin medical term.”
From TurboSquid artist Arte 3D, this incredible 2014 Corvette Stingray floored Inspector Mark, who had this to say: ”The level of detail on this car is amazing. Every detail, down to the tire treads, is modeled and has detailed textures. The level of detail, paired with the clean UVs and good geometry, makes this an extremely well made model.”
Congratulations to the artists who managed to catch our discerning Inspectors’ eyes. Stay tuned to find out what other models make the cut!
This month’s featured model of a blue Breitling Emergency watch is a gorgeous piece of work, both realistic and highly detailed. We were very happy to have a chat with the artist, Milos Jakubec, who modeled this exquisite timepiece out of his desire to own one for himself. Find out what else drives Milos to great heights in our newest Featured Artist interview!
How long have you been an artist?
I started working with 3ds Max in August 2006, so this will be my seventh year with 3ds Max. And, of course, when I was child, I drew many pictures. (more…)
Ready to meet another Squid from the New Orleans Squidshack? Virginia Larkins, better known as Ginger, talked to us this week about her many interests, including her fund raising endeavors for the New Orleans Children’s Hospital.
What did you do before coming to TurboSquid?
Well, back in Austin, I fostered dogs for Austin Pets Alive! I love dogs and having an extra pup around for my dog Gabby to play with was fantastic! It’s really rewarding work, even though you have to say goodbye to a dog you’ve cared for.
I have also registered for a charity called Extra-Life. You watch me play video games for 24 hours, over a live stream, to raise money for New Orleans Children’s Hospital. This doesn’t go down till November 2nd, but you can donate your money here.
And now that you’re at TurboSquid, what do you do as a QA Analyst?
I write test plans, run automation (sometimes), check to see if issues reoccur, and generally try to break websites. The breaking things part of my job really rocks.
What is your favorite thing about working at TurboSquid?
Free food when we’re trying to release something in a crunch. I also love the cereal bar and the fact that new stuffed toys appear on my desk. Currently, there is a Dalek, a kitty, a farting Jarjar Binks, and a Companion Cube on my desk. I have the best stuffed toy fairy!
Nice! Before we go, what’s something your fellow co-workers don’t know about you yet?
I guess one thing people might not know about me is that I love archery. I’m not particularly great at it, but its one of those relaxing things I do on the weekend. My father would always set up a make shift archery range in our backyard for me and my sister.
We’re excited about Ginger playing for this year’s Extra Life gaming marathon! To find out more about this charity, which benefits local children’s hospitals across the country, check out Ginger’s donation page.
It’s time to meet another Squid from TurboSquid HQ, and this week, we’re talking to Kevin Alimia, who was recently promoted to Assistant Technical Artist. Having previously worked in Member Services, Kevin utilizes his 3D modeling knowledge to help the artists meet a very high set of standards. Read more about Kevin below:
To start off, tell us a little about yourself! When you’re not at TS, what do you like to do?
Outside of work I do various things. I go out with friends, drinking. I like to go to the movies, I read, I draw/paint, I stay home and have movie days. In warmer days I like to just be outside walking around or go to the park. I also love to cook and bake, especially during the holidays!
What about when you’re at work? What does your day look like?
Typically, I come in early and work on personal projects. Once the official work day starts, I spend my time working on Custom 3D projects for various clients. That typically entails technical checks to be sure models meet certain standards and required points. When I have a little “free” time I work on improving my skills and speed. (more…)
TurboSquid has a wealth of simpler models that customers love to buy: ordinary forks and spoons, hairbrushes and combs, cups and saucers.
Until now, artists who create these models were reluctant to put them in our CheckMate Certification program because of the price floors of $39 for Lite and $49 for Pro. For this reason, we’re now allowing prices of $19 for CheckMate Lite, and $29 for CheckMate Pro. These price floors apply only to simple or plain models of certain types such as silverware and fruit, the kinds of models that can’t reasonably be priced at $39 or $49.
We’re glad that artists who create these models will now be able to join CheckMate, and reap its benefits of higher sales and happy customers.
How to set a price as $19 or $29
As with previous price floor changes, you can’t use the new pricing right in the Publisher–you need to get an inspector review before the price can be changed. This will ensure that prices remain appropriate and competitive at TurboSquid.
Publish your model and submit it for certification at one of the price tiers allowed in the Publisher ($39 for Lite, $49 for Pro).
After your model passes certification, open a support ticket with the subject “CheckMate Price Change Request”. Include the Product ID for the product you would like changed, and to what price.
Based on comparison with similar models on the TurboSquid site, an inspector will review your request and change the price if appropriate.
Price change requests are processed once a week, so please allow our inspectors time to review your request.
In this week’s Meet the Squids, we talk to Kate Voisin, our marketing team’s graphic designer. Kate is a Louisiana native, growing up just outside of New Orleans, the city she has called home for almost a decade. Read on to find out about the many hats she gets to wear at the office, and why she suspects that TurboSquid may, in fact, be a cult (but in a good way).
What does a day at TurboSquid typically look like for you?
My days at TS vary. On the marketing side, I write newsletters, handle our socialmedia accounts, and help to make sure our site shows up in search correctly.
On the design side, I make infographics and ads, help to pretty up the website, and Photoshop Nic Cage’s face onto our manager’s pictures sometimes.
Basically, it’s my job to make sure TurboSquid is always reachable, approachable, and visually appealing.
What’s your favorite thing about working at TurboSquid?
Can I have three things?
1. I get to make fun, engaging content for a fun, engaging company, that’s seen by lots of people– it’s kind of what every graphic designer wants to do.
2. I have total access to the massive 3D model catalog, so getting to use the models in my design work is a real luxury. I could seriously spend hours perusing the catalog. (And sometimes I do! For work.)
3. My third favorite thing about TurboSquid is every single thing about TurboSquid. I know this is a total cheater answer, like asking for infinite wishes on your third wish, but whatever. I’ve worked in New Orleans for a long time, and the TS office is easily the most positive, employee-friendly workplace I’ve ever encountered. When I started, I was pretty sure I’d joined a cult, because about 5 people told me within the first week that it was the best job they’d ever had… and if it IS a cult, I’m completely happy to drink the kool-aid / eat the cereal / wear the tentacles. I love it here. (more…)