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Visual industries news, insights from CGTrader marketplace, company announcements, and some inspiration for your upcoming 3D model. Find amazing stories from the community and beyond. How spaceship model end-up in VR experience, how challenge to model a sword and the win shape further modeling career and many more amazing stories can be found on this blog.

Nicole Ridgwell: from acting and music to animation and creating VR film

April 24th, 2017

Nicole Ridgwell: from acting and music to animation and creating VR film

Could you, please, briefly introduce yourself.

My name’s Nicole, I’m a CG character animator with a background in music. I just finished working on Raising a Rukus, a VR film at The Third Floor, that was released March 27. I've also animated at Penrose VR, Nickelodeon, and did both Disney and Pixar’s summer animation internships while I was a student at Academy of Art University. In my spare time I’ve been working on my own indie short films and TV shows, and playing music in my band.

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From modeling to game development: the story behind the Claw Hunter

April 18th, 2017

From modeling to game development: the story behind the Claw Hunter

“This island is revered by the tribes living on adjacent islands as a place where the heaven meets the earth - a forbidden ground. Some tribesmen are banished here for their crimes, some go here voluntarily to mine precious minerals and harvest rare plants. All must fight for their lives though as the island is populated by the dragons of the old times...”

These are the lines you read in the description of a new adventure game Claw Hunter, co-created by Jiri Adamec, or simply Adamec as known within CGTrader community. Having joined CGTrader in 2014, Jiri has brought some amazing work and expertise of developing photo realistic animal models to CGTrader community, and today he is sharing the story behind developing a video game.

In the game you can see Adamec’s own 3D models like Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Raptor, etc., which can also be found on his CGTrader profile.

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On the forefront of licensing branded content: CGTrader partners with renowned US designer Stephen Burks

February 24th, 2017

On the forefront of licensing branded content: CGTrader partners with renowned US designer Stephen Burks

Partnership with Stephen Burks marks a new stage for CGTrader in licensing branded 3D content

February 24 th CGTrader is officially launching a licensing-focused partnership with one of the stars in the US furniture design space Stephen Burks. Stephen Burks, who is running his own Stephen Burks Man Made design studio, received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in product design and beginning in 2015. As of January 2017, Stephen is designer-in-residence at the A/D/O.

Licensing digital content has never been easy in any medium – digital image sharing has stagnated till Creative Commons has been introduced, music and video content appearing online had its own challenges. The problematic of 3D models licensing is still not fully clear and is just taking first steps in ensuring IP rights. However, co-operating with designers like Stephen Burks we can proactively move towards democratization of CG market in which all creators from initial idea authors to creatives incorporating that work in their projects get acknowledged and share revenue.

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​30 of The Best Free 3D Models on CGTrader

July 21st, 2016

​30 of The Best Free 3D Models on CGTrader

You can't buy everything - and sometimes, you don't even need to! The great artists in our community often upload free models to give people a taste of their skill. We wanted to make a list of the best free models on CGTrader and we had a hard time doing it - you have uploaded so many free models! But we huffed and we puffed and we made this list of 30 best free 3D models!

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These Vietnamese 3D Print Designers Will Make You Wonder What It Would Be Like If God Was A Computer

April 24th, 2015

These Vietnamese 3D Print Designers Will Make You Wonder What It Would Be Like If God Was A Computer

Duc Tran was the driving force behind the foundation of 3D Print Design Studio FormByte. The team of Vietnamese 3D print designers has formed just last year, but their work has already gained a lot of traction and interest in the industry. Their unique, visually impeccable designs continue to conquer people's hearts and wallets, so we decided to chat with Duc about their best design practices and future plans. Some really deep philosophical thoughts are being shared in the interview, so put on your thinking hat. Just kidding. It's all fun.

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