June 13th, 2017
Knowing CGTrader community, its eagerness to participate in various competitions (our recent PBR challenge received 824 entries - isn’t this a great achievement?) and openness to sharing the expertise with fellow designers, we are now inviting those whose profile stem beyond modelling to join animago AWARDS & CONFERENCE. The event is celebrating its 21th edition, so this seems to be a good platform to share your digital artworks whether it is 3D animation, visual effects, visualization and digital art. Everyone around the globe is invited to join free of charge before June 19th on animago website.
January 25th, 2017
We often talk about globalisation, but there is likely no other industry that is so united and global as computer graphics. With technical knowledge accessible online and the digital nature of 3D artwork, there is no surprise that any creative person in any corner of the world can get recognized and rise to the stars. At the same time, there are traditions and strong designer communities demonstrating consistent development over the years.
This year has been quite eventful for the 3D artist. From creative models for games to models being designed for augmented reality, the market has expanded exponentially. The most recent data from CGTrader unveils that 3D designers came from 128 countries to CGTrader in 2016. On the other end - customers purchasing 3D assets represented 113 countries in 2016. This is not the whole world, but CGTrader team will definitely try to get Vatican City engaged in 2017. And before that, let’s look at what countries were the most active last year... and by the most active we mean uploaded the most models to CGTrader.
In 2016, Ukrainian designers were leading the rank on CGTrader closely followed by 3D modelers from Russia. Ukraine and Russia has always been known for strong CG and game developers communities with a number of annual CG events taking place (there is even kind of a brand “CG Event” with its great low poly chilli-pepper as a logo and series of events across countries). There were also a number of US designers joining and contributing to the platform, which has long tradition, HUGE and well integrated CG market.
March 14th, 2016
It is my great honor to announce the CGTrader Awards for 2015. You have worked so hard for the whole year, designing and uploading your models. It’s time for you to shine in the spotlight. We have selected the five best designers and models in several categories. All the selections have been uploaded between January 1st and December 31st, 2015. Our final judgement - and it wasn’t an easy one - was based on uniqueness, originality and popularity. We are also announcing best community member and best partner website!
March 14th, 2016
This second part of the awards celebrates the best free models that you uploaded over the year. The categories are the same, but this time, you can download them and see them for yourself! Remember: research shows that free models actually increase sales. Plus, you look cooler: "oooh, look at me, I modeled too much stuff, guess some of it will have to be free." People love that! So without further ado, here are the best free models from the year 2015.
March 5th, 2014
The ceremony of Academy Awards passed, but, once again, Leonardo DiCaprio did not get an Oscar. The only thing he got was a huge amount of memes related to his frustrating experience of becoming a runner-up in the category of Best Actor. A lot of his fans got disappointed as it was expected that this year will be the time for Leo to be awarded after four times being nominated.
CGTrader team decided: if Leo does not get an Oscar, then Oscar obviously should get Leo. A 3D printed one. Our designers' community come up with the ideas for Oscar figurines to reflect Leo and his performance in the movie "Wolf of Wall Street". We have picked the best figurines and we want to share it with you!