Posts Tagged ‘Artist Spotlight’

Artist Spotlight: FraP

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 by

Our new homepage image features a classic Nikon camera 3D model by CheckMate artist FraP. FraP has been publishing his 3D models on  TurboSquid since 2004. I had the pleasure of meeting this talented artist in Rome, Italy, where I asked him a few questions about his work as an artist.

FraP CheckMate 3D models

Artist FraP

Q: How long have you been an artist?

I’ve been a 3D artist since 1998. Before that I made drawings and sculptures. Then I saw a video game made with 3ds Max, Tomb Raider II, and I decided right then that I had to learn the program. Now it’s my passion.

Q: What’s most important when making 3D models?

First of all, have good visual references, and pay close attention to proportion, detail, and topology. I always use a large reference image as the background, and I put images next to the model to take measurements and compare.

Q: How do you decide what to model?

I usually make what I like. If I see something that interests me strongly, I want to make it in 3D. Sometimes I also consider what customers might want, but usually I make what I like.

Q: What has been your experience with CheckMate?

Really good, because the inspectors are always available to solve any problem, in particular James Capps. Whenever I have a problem, he’s always there, and always helps me.

Thank you, FraP! We look forward to even more of your amazing 3D creations. Click here to view all of the digital artistry that FraP has made available through the TurboSquid catalog.

Artist Spotlight: QLEE

Monday, January 16th, 2012 by

We’ve just updated our homepage image to show a fabulous VW Beetle 3D model by TurboSquid artist QLEE. This prolific artist has a wide variety of content at TurboSquid, over 1600 models in all, with more than 100 in our CheckMate certification program. QLEE’s work, particularly his vehicle and machinery models, have been featured numerous times in books and magazines on 3D modeling. Here, we ask him to take a few minutes from his busy modeling schedule to answer a few questions.


Q: How did you get into 3D art?

My adventure with 3D started a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, with plastic models of TIE fighters from Star Wars. In the breaks between 3D games and college parties, I started to create my first simple 3D models just for fun. I had no idea at that time that it could became serious! After eight years as a freelance 3D modeler, I still have a lot to learn (new software, new techniques ). But I love this job, and I’m always excited when I’m starting a new project.

Q: Tell us about your 3D models.

I specialize in architecture, vehicles, industrial and technical structures. I’m also interested in mechanical stuff, especially old-time machines. I make 3D models for clients around the world and also especially for TurboSquid, which gives me a lot of creative freedom. I can make my own decisions about what to model while TurboSquid takes care of the customers. It’s a great deal.

Q: What has been your experience with CheckMate? Has it been worth the effort?

CheckMate really works for me. In the beginning it took a lot of time for me to prepare models that meet all the specifications. But now it’s my new standard for all my models, both for TurboSquid and my freelance customers. It’s really worth it to spend the time to double check your models, as it really saves the customer time. And CheckMate models are selling well, even when the prices are above market average!

Thanks, QLEE!

Artist Spotlight: C4DmodelSHOP

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by

Our new homepage features a festive snow globe made by TurboSquid artist C4DmodelSHOP. We caught up with this versatile artist in France, where he lives and works as a CINEMA4D artist, to ask him a few questions about his work.

c4dmodelshop 3D models

Q: When did you start 3D modeling?

Fifteen years ago I was studying architecture, and I got interested in using 3D software to help me draw perspectives. I used Amapi and Ray Dream Designer for a while, then moved toward CINEMA4D. I think it provides a very intuitive interface.

Now, I’m a full-time freelancer doing 3D illustrations for advertising agencies in France. My work is my passion. Lately I’ve been getting into organic modeling, which is a new step for me.

Q: Tell us about the snow globe.

I decided to make the snow globe 3D model specifically for Turbosquid. The only references for this project were my childhood memories and my imagination.  My intention was to translate the magic of Christmas.

Q: We see that you have many different types of 3D models. How do you decide what to make?

I have really no rules about my choices. That’s what I like about starting a new 3D model: I am free with my choice. It’s just according to my moods and desires. Sometimes I start a 3D model and later, I’ve had enough of working on it. So the best that I can do is to stop working on it and move to another project, then go back to it later. In fact, my motto is: do what pleases me when I want.

Q: Tell us about your experience with CheckMate.

CheckMate is represented by very professional people. I am convinced that CheckMate is a very good thing for 3D artists. It helps boost sales, but it also highlights our work as 3D artists. These days, when I start a new 3D model I have CheckMate in the back of my mind. My objective is to provide quality in 3D modeling, and CheckMate corresponds to my objective.

snowglobe CheckMate 3D models

Thank you! We’re looking forward to seeing more of your fine work soon.


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