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Artist Spotlight: shank3d

Monday, July 9th, 2012 by

Often inspired by fantasy, models from this month’s featured artist, shank3d, add elements of stylish whimsy to the TurboSquid catalog. We took some time to chat with this talented artist and 3D teacher to find out where he draws  his inspiration for model-making.


How did you get your start an artist?

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to create things; drawing and comic book creation were always my favorite activities, and as a child I created my own cartoons and games. After finishing school in 2005, I began to consider making art a career as well as my passion.


When did you start making 3D models?

I got my first computer in 1999, and since then I have dreamed of a bringing my paper sketches to life through computer graphics. I have always preferred 3D imagery over 2D, especially in the early days when 3D games were just coming out.

It was the only thing that I ever really wanted to learn. I  enrolled at a local art school in 2005 but found I could learn more from the Internet. Long before starting my classes, I practiced using 3ds Max (version 5 at that time) on my own, creating simple models and trying to get them to resemble real life objects. Over the years, I developed more technique and discipline.

I was offered a job teaching 3D design and animation, and I taught for 4 years. During that time I learned a lot about 3D graphics on my own by practicing and reading tutorials and forums as well as looking at other artists’ work.

What are the most important factors in making 3D models?

There are lots of factors, but personally, I consider appeal and perspective to be most important. If your model has a great edge flow but lacks visual appeal, it will not grab anyone’s attention. Great topology does not make a beautiful model; it’s the realism in it.

Some might question how you can make stylized characters or cartoonish models look real, but they forget that the visual appeal is always there. On the other hand, 3D models of real life objects are meant to be precise replicas so the idea of them making them at a realistic scale and proportion will always go a long way toward producing quality 3D models that are believable.

It doesn’t hurt to explore new techniques by watching other artists, studying the way they depict their art forms and sharing ideas.

What inspires your creations?

This is my favorite question. The inspiration could come from anywhere but in my case it comes from stories. I could be watching the Discovery Channel on television and suddenly I get the idea of a monkey trying desperately to get bananas off a tree or a bird that is afraid of flying. So I take the rough idea from my mind and start working on it.

I sometimes am inspired by fantasy. I like robotic models but I do not like to put too much realism into them. I also like to challenge myself by making something complex, which usually ends up with me learning something new.

Other sources of  inspiration come from upcoming world events and holidays, like Christmas or Diwali (an Indian festival). If you are in the 3D model industry, you should be on the lookout for such happenings.

Tell us about your experience with CheckMate certification.

I think the CheckMate standard is very beneficial to both artists and customers. Well-defined, quality models are always best to work with and CheckMate has certainly given me the path to know I am providing a quality item.

I have seen a significant increase in CheckMate model sales from my collection as compared to those that are not yet certified. Having inspectors to work closely with artists to get their models in top shape and to stand out from others is a very satisfying experience.

The whole process of defining standards for quality of 3D models is a must!

How long have you been selling your models at TurboSquid?

I have been a Turbosquid member since early 2008. I started out as a casual vendor until I started to see a strong potential in selling my models at the biggest online marketplace. I also spend time on Turbosquid forums, communicating with fellow artists and admiring their work. After my introduction into CheckMate program, I have grown my collection to have as many CheckMate models as I can.

Over the years, I have recommended that my students and colleagues visit Turbosquid. Not only does TurboSquid offer great models to buy, but it is the best place for newcomers to the industry to see what the current quality levels are in the market and to learn from other artists.

 Thanks again, shank3d! We wish you continued success with the CheckMate program and as a talented veteran of the  TurboSquid collective of artists.


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Artist Spotlight: Tora2097

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by

After we made an open call for models for the TurboSquid home page, we were thrilled by the range of renders received. It would have been easy to get swept up by detailed vehicles, lifelike characters, and even ferocious animals submitted for the top spot, but the leather swivel chair from artist Tora2097 won us over with its relaxing yet elegant detail.

The artist, Tora2097, definitely has an eye for the little things that make a difference. We could go as far as to say that using any of Tora2097’s models might elevate an architectural visualization from common to upscale.

We took the time to find out how this talented artist got started in the modeling industry, and his experiences with CheckMate Certification.


Want Your 3D Model Featured on TurboSquid? Well, Here’s Your Chance!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by

Time and again, artists that have been featured on the TurboSquid home page have said that it’s an honor for their model to be chosen. So, we’ve decided to make this honor more attainable to all of our artists! This is our public call for TurboSquid artists to submit their models for consideration as our featured home page model.

Where do you start?  Here are a few guidelines to consider before submitting:

  • Model submitted MUST be CheckMate Pro Certified
  • Submission should not depict any vulgar imagery (such as nudity or extreme violence)
  • Multiple submissions by any individual artists are permitted
  • Multiple models (by the same artist, or by two artists who have agreed to work together) are permitted for use in the photo, so long as the central model (the focus of the entire image) is CheckMate Pro Certified
  • Upon selection, the artist of the featured model must provide answers to interview-style questions within 7 days, for promotional use by TurboSquid

If you have one or more models that you feel would be worthy of the top spot on TurboSquid, your next steps are:

  1. Download the Template (.psd)
    – Add the best view of your model, working within the confines of the existing layers
    – Layers are not to be moved or edited. Be sure to save your work in layers, as a PSD file
    – Be sure to make the most of the space provided between content
  2. Submit Your Rendering
    – Once you have created the perfect setting around your model, email the file (.PSD with layers enabled) to TurboSquid for consideration
    – Be sure to include the link to the product page of the model on
    – You will receive an email response upon receipt of the file
  3. Sit, Wait, and Be Ready to Respond
    – Questions may arise, you may be chosen, or there may be issues with your file; whatever the case may be, please be responsive if we make an attempt to contact you regarding your submission

* All submissions will be considered for the current month and kept in the running for subsequent months.

Check out some of our past features for inspiration!


Yamaha R6 motorcycle model by Jamie Hamel Smith and Street Biker model by Vespa
were combined to create the following featured image:


Artist C4DmodelSHOP added a touch of holiday cheer to our home page with this 3D Snowglobe model:


This ferocious 3D lion model was our first featured model by Massimo Righi:


Artist dmk76 took us on a tour of the mountains with this bike and rider:



ms_Dessi rendered her model of coffee and croissants with a beautiful setting:



And Andor Kollar gave us a memorable portrait with this realistic male model:



Be creative, be dynamic, and make your model look its absolute best! With such a huge space for a spotlight on the updated home page, we want something that will make customers fall in love with 3D.

Good luck, and happy rendering! 


Artist Spotlight: Jamie Hamel Smith

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 by

For April, the TurboSquid home page is featuring not one, but two CheckMate Pro models, a combination of complementary assets including a sexy and super fast looking Yamaha R6 motorcycle 3D model by Jamie Hamel Smith, with an equally stylish rider by 3D artist Vespa.

We got to chat with the man behind the motorcycle on how he got his start in the modeling field, where he finds his inspiration and how he got so good at making motorcycles.


Artist Spotlight: Vespa

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 by

You may have noticed that we have not one, but two CheckMate Pro models sharing the spot atop our home page this month. Vespa’s sleek cyclist looked lost without an equally impressive bike. So we started “shopping” the TurboSquid model catalog for just the right ride; the decision – a top of line Yamaha R6 superbike, created by 3D modeler Jamie Hamel Smith.

We chatted with Vespa (whose real name is Zdenek Vespalec) about the tools, textures and overall inspiration that drove him to create this stunning streetbiker. (more…)

Artist Spotlight: HD_Ready

Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by

We were so impressed with the hovercraft 3D model made by TurboSquid artist HD_Ready that we just had to put it on our homepage. With its many accurate details and realistic textures, this model is a welcome addition to our expanding CheckMate Pro catalog.

We asked HD_Ready a few questions about the hovercraft model, his work, and his experiences with CheckMate Certification.

HD_Ready 3D models


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