CGSociety describes itself as a “networking platform for professional digital artists”.
To this end the front page is mostly dedicated to thumbnails of other artist’s recent work. And there’s plenty to browse through.
The quality of the work on this site can be truly breath taking. From the hyper realism of some renders to the cartoon charm of more stylized examples.
After the gallery pages there’s also a news section. This section is very good for keeping up with news in the games and entertainment industries as well as other 3D related news.
The workshop section is full of courses to help you learn and improve your 3D workflow.
Offering topics that range from more traditional art forms to 3D character and environment design work. These courses all tend to lean on the more expensive side although finance options are available if you’re serious about learning.
One of the most useful sections of the CGSociety website is the forums, colloquially named CGTalk.
It has to be one of the most heavily populated CG-related forums on the web which can be great for asking advice, getting feedback, or just browsing to see if you can help out others and maybe gather some inspiration.
Here’s an interesting site full of useful resources on CG art.
It has a news section which is updated daily with the biggest stories in the CG space, as well as coverage for larger news stories and events.
There are also links to some free tutorials for various 3D software and useful resources to use in your projects such as textures and free models. They even offer links to some premium workshops you can take online.
While there are no community forums here they do have a section dedicated to “eye candy” where they show some impressive CG renders to help you get some nifty ideas.
CGTrader is a fantastic site where you can buy and sell 3D models.
It has an extensive library which can be beneficial to almost any project. There is even a freelance section where you can commission someone to model for you, or apply to make assets for someone else.
This site has a very large community section to boot. This includes useful features such as user blogs, competitions, free tutorials, and community challenges.
There is a forum on CGtrader as well which can be very useful for asking about specific techniques.
It’s another useful place to add to your bookmarks if you’re trying to find a solution to a problem, or just want to have a look at what others have to say.
3Dtotal is a great website for finding 3D resources.
Founded in 1999, it offers tutorials to the world of 3D artists along with interviews and news about happenings in the CG space.
It has a large gallery full of impressive pieces from around the web. This should help find some inspiration to drive you into new innovative projects.
The thing that makes 3Dtotal unique on this list is they also publish books.
From tutorials on 3D or 2D art, to printed gallery books or anatomical references, they have a large variety to choose from.
They also sell other resources like anatomical figurines or texture packs. There’s a ton for sale under their brand so if you’re just getting into the 3D world definitely check them out.
Author: Thomas Denham
Thomas is a 3D creative working with both high and low poly modelling for still renders or real time engines. He is currently working freelance after spending 4 years at a multi-national VR company. To see Thomas' work and learn more, feel free to look at his personal site.