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If you're interested in launching a career in 3D computer graphics, you've come to the right place. This section will discuss both artistic and technical jobs in 3D, and the industries where 3D skills are most applicable. We provide a list of 3D studios, tips for developing your demo reel, and advice for landing a job in the industry.

Portfolio Building 101 - Introduction to Portfolio Building for CG & VFX
The first of a three part series on portfolio building for the 3D computer graphics, animation, games, and visual effects industry.

Portfolio Building 102 - How to Structure and Plan Your CG Portfolio
In the second entry in our three part series on portfolio building for the 3D computer graphics, we talk about planning your portfolio and approaching the process logically and analytically.

Portfolio Building 103 - What Should You Include in Your CG Portfolio?
In the third entry in our series on portfolio building for the 3D computer graphics industry, we focus on what you should include in your portfolio, using a job posting from Rhythm & Hues as a case study.

Portfolio Building 104 - Creating a Personal Design Playground
In the fourth and final entry in our series on portfolio building, we focus on the fine art of setting yourself apart from the competition by creating a cohesive design universe, or "playground" to work within.

Developing an Original IP – Why You Ought to Start Right Now
If you're smart, you'll start developing your own intellectual property as soon as possible. Here's why:

The Evolving Face of Networking in the Art World
An anecdotal tale that outlines how networking is drastically changing in the art world, and how to take advantage of the new avenues for connecting with peers and promoting your artwork.

Interview With CGTrader's Dalia Lasaite
An interview with Dalia Lasaite covering CGTrader's recent site relaunch, and their plans for the site's future.

3D Recap November 2012 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from November 2012.

When you go looking for a job in the CG industry, your demo reel is like a...
When you go looking for a job in the CG industry, your demo reel is like a first impression and first round interview all rolled into one. These six tips will show you how to put together a killer demo reel to help land you your dream job.

Going Indie in 3D Computer Graphics:
We discuss the merits of pursuing an independent short animation or game development project, and why we think the stars are aligning for indie developers.

3D Beyond Entertainment – Jobs in Computer Graphics Outside of Film & Games
We look at ten different job markets outside of entertainment where CG artists can look for work.

3D Recap February 2013 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from February 2013.

How To Successfully Fund Your Indie Game on Kickstarter
Running a successful Kickstarter campaign takes huge amount of pre-planning, and a well-balanced course of action for generating interest and publicity for your project. Here are some valuable tips for putting together a Kickstarter campaign that people will want to support.

3D Recap March 2012
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from March 2012—in case you missed anything.

The Top 10 Places to Sell Your 3D Models Online
The absolute 10 best places to sell your 3D models online. If you're looking to make money from 3D modeling, these markets have the highest traffic, the best royalties, and the best reputations. Good luck!

Best Cities to Start a Career in 3D - Part 1
A list containing 10 of the top places to start a career in computer graphics. From the obvious (Los Angeles) to the not so obvious (your bedroom), these are the places you want to be if you're looking for a career in 3D.

Best Cities to Start a Career in 3D - Part 2
A list containing 10 of the top places to start a career in computer graphics. From the obvious (Los Angeles) to the not so obvious (your bedroom), these are the places you want to be if you're looking for a career in 3D.

What Are the Best Schools for 3d Computer Animation?

A List of 3D Forums & Communities
We've compiled a list of suggestions for where to show your 3D artwork and become involved in the thriving 3D community that exists in forums, contests, and elsewhere around the web.

3D Recap December 2012 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from December 2012.

5 Reasons Become a Student Volunteer At Siggraph 2012
Siggraph is the world's largest computer graphics conference, and volunteering at the conference as a student is a fantastic way to build your resume and give you a first-hand look into the world of professional CG & visual effects. Here are five reasons you should apply today!

3D Contest List - Prominent CG Competitions
In addition to forums and community sites, there are a number of other options for showing your 3D artwork. We

3D Magazines, Workshops, Conferences, and Collaboration
One final list of options for showing your 3D artwork, from magazines, to workshops to modding.

8 Incredible 3D Tutorials
A guide to the best 3D training so far in 2011, including tutorials from Digital Tutors, Eat 3D, Gnomon Workshop, and a few freebies.

CG Roundup February 2012
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from February 2012—in case you missed anything.

List of 3D Software - Full 3D Suites
A list of all the major 3D software applications in use by today's top production studios. The list is organized into categories according to the strengths of each piece of software.

Choosing a School for 3D
Choosing the right degree program can be instrumental in your success as an aspiring 3D artist. Here are some of the things you should consider before taking out those loans.

List of Animation and Visual Effects Studios
A focused list containing most of the top tier animation studios and visual effects houses.

Getting Started in 3D Modeling and Animation
The wide world of 3d computer graphics has dozens of different outlets, so jumping into the learning process haphazardly can ultimately lead to uncertainty and frustration. Follow our three quick steps and you'll have a better idea of where you'd like to go with 3D and how to get there.

3D Recap October 2012 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from October 2012.

The Under-Appreciated Art of Lighting in 3D
A discussion on the under-appreciated art of good CG lighting, and some advice to spruce up your images and set yourself apart.

3D Recap January 2013 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from January 2012.

40+ CG Profiles You Should Be Following on Twitter
Twitter has become an information firehose, and most major brands and high profile public figures are on board. Here are 40+ industry profiles to help you stay on top of the latest news in the 3D computer graphics industry!

Supplemental Skills for Success in 3D - Part 1
A list of twelve non-3D skills that can supplement a 3D curriculum, and help make you a better artist. From life-drawing, to computer science, to acting—these are the things you should be doing when you're not making 3D.

3D Recap March 2013 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from March 2013.

Supplemental Skills for Success in 3D - Part 2
A list of twelve non-3D skills that can supplement a 3D curriculum, and help make you a better artist. From life-drawing, to computer science, to acting—these are the things you should be doing when you're not making 3D.

15 Free ZBrush Tutorials to Help You Level Up
A selection of 15 free ZBrush tutorials from around the web to help you take your digital sculpting skills to the next level.

Best Online 3D Training Subscriptions & CG Tutorial Sites
Ten incredible sources for online training in 3D computer graphics. These are the absolute best places to go for self-paced instruction in 3d modeling, animation, visual effects, and game development.

Five Reasons You Need to Learn ZBrush (Now!)
ZBrush is on the absolute cutting edge of innovation in the computer graphics industry. Here are five reasons why now is a better time than ever before to learn Pixologic's game-changing software.

Where To Sell Your 3D Models - Which Marketplace is Best?
An analysis of the ten largest markets for selling 3D models online. We work through the numbers and show you which 3D marketplace will be most worth your time and effort if you want to successfully drive sales and turn a profit.

5 Essential Strategies for Selling Your 3D Models Online
Now that you know which marketplaces you should be selling at, we take you through

Freelancing 101 - Cultivating A Web Presence in 3D Computer Graphics
We explore the long list of opportunities for a budding artist to establish and solidify a web presence around the sites and online communities supporting the CG industry.

Studio Spotlight - Double Negative
A studio profile for Blur Studio—an effects house based in Venice, CA that focuses on animation, VFX, design, and game cinematics & trailers.

3D Recap June 2012 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from May 2012.

Maya Tutorial Series - Modeling a Greek Column

How to Learn Digital Figure Sculpture in Zbrush or Mudbox
If you're interested in becoming a character artist, at some point you'll probably ask the question—what's the best way to learn anatomy? Here are five tips for the 3D artist.

5 Common Pitfalls of Beginning Modelers
In this article we explore a small handful of issues that beginners to 3D modeling often struggle with, and offer suggestions for avoiding the traps.

3D Recap July 2012 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from July 2012.

3D Recap August 2012 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from August 2012.

3D Recap September 2012 - The Month's Top CG Artwork and Industry News
A summary of some of the CG industry's top news stories and visuals from September 2012.

How to Learn Digital Figure Sculpture in Zbrush or Mudbox
If you're interested in becoming a character artist, at some point you'll probably ask the question—what's the best way to learn anatomy? We tackle that question head on in this two part series.

3D Job and Career Sites and Postings
A list of job boards for anyone seeking a career in 3D animation, visual effects, or game development.

Studio Spotlight - Blur Studio
A studio profile for Blur Studio—an effects house based in Venice, CA that focuses on animation, VFX, design, and game cinematics & trailers.

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