Other Learning Resources

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Links to other 3D graphics sites and resources.

Basic 3D Graphics Discussion

  • CGDigg - Digg, for CG (Computer Graphics) related information, vote on your favourite story or submit info you've found.
  • CGsociety - Full service digital art portal. The site includes a forum and wiki, artists portfolios etc.
  • 3dTotal, Graphics Portal - Full service, UK based, 3d art portal. Network includes forum, store, gallery etc.
  • Polycount, Videogame Art Resource and Community - Basic 3d modeling forum.
  • Highend 3D - News and forum focused on Maya, 3dsmax, Renderman, ZBrush, Shake and XSI.
  • The Dream Team 3d - French Graphics portal and forum with some English content
  • Subdivision Modeling - Basic forum focused on Subdivided Modeling
  • Nurbs and Polys - Basic forum focused on Nurbs and Polygonal Modeling
  • CG Hub Social network, portal and forum for 2D and 3D CG Art and Entertainment
  • VfCast - video forum displaying 3D content
  • Spin Quad 3D - modeling and animation forum
  • CG Land - key Korean portal. Most content in Korean

Reference Image Sites

  • Fineart.sk - Free Human anatomy reference images
  • The Blue Prints.com - lost of hard surface images for trucks, planes, motorcycles etc.
  • 3d.sk - paid but royalty free human anatomy reference images
  • 3D Reference - Site that links out to other with reference images, objects, etc.
  • Character Designs - Free photo sets of models in various poses
  • Motor Cities - Images of nearly every car ever produced.

3D Wikis

  • CG Talk Wiki - content about studios, games, software packages etc.
  • Blender on WikiBooks - 3D Modeling tutorials that cover various topics for beginning and advanced users.

Sculpture and Drawing

Models and Textures

Application Specific Forums

Tutorial Websites

Computer Animation Studios

Free Renderers

  • Aqsis Renderer - Open source RenderMan-compliant 3D rendering solution, available for Windows, Linux, MacOS X and others (cross-platform).
  • Indigo Renderer - Freeware physically-based unbiased render engine.
  • Kearkythea - Freeware physically-based unbiased render engine with an interface! Supports photon mapping, MLT, additional render methods and accepts OBJ files (rotate 90 degrees around X-axis before export).
  • Bricks'n'Tiles - Free program for generating realistic brick and tile surfaces in renderers. Commercial use requires purchase.
  • trueSpace7 - Free modeler and renderer that includes tutorials.
  • Yafray - Open Source Renderer
  • Panal - Program distributes renders over various computers
  • Sunflow - Open Source free renderer, specifically for photo realism

Other Sites of Interest