COLLECTED, 3D explorations by Wes L Cockx

Let's kick it off with colors and 3D. We are sharing the work of Wes L Cockx who is a 3D designer based in Brooklyn, NY, USA. As 3D is becoming more and more part of the process of product design, it's really nice to see it applied elsewhere than marketing and communications. It served its purpose to communicate the key message whatever that you are selling a product or showing a new product feature for example. It's really nice to see this divergent move in our industry.

Uncut Gems Exploring Light & Refraction in 3D

Mark Dearman shared some awesome 3D explorations on his Behance page titled Uncut Gems. The 3d work is a collection of generative crystals, exploring light and refraction. The core structures were created procedurally in Houdini, then textured in Substance Designer and finally, lit and animated in Cinema 4D. As part of my creative process I spend a lot of time experimenting with 3D, exploring the juxtaposition of nature and technology. 

Personal Digital Explorations in Cinema 4D by Danny Ivan

I am a fan of Danny Ivan's work, following his experiments on Instagram. It's always inspiring and giving me enough boost to learn more Cinema 4D. Danny is a visual 3D artist based in Porto, Portugal and he recently released what he titled: 'Q2 2020 Personal Series'. A dedicated series of experiments with new gradients and forms; simple as that. As a follower of his work, you can notice right away that Danny really is playing with colors and shapes.

Translating Artificial Intelligence Core Values in 3D

In partnership with Microsoft Azure AI, Deep Yellow task was to create three dimensional shapes translating core values of Artificial Intelligence. Imitating human behavior these dynamic shapes evolve and interact in a natural way. The result is a series of shapes and forms that have a lot of movement, fluidity and above all beauty. I am not familiar with Azure AI but it’s fascinating to see how they try to translate terms like “learn”, “focus”, “adapt” into forms.

Internal Reflection: personal experiments on Cinema 4D

Being a product designer, I sometimes miss the 'good old days' of graphic design where there were almost 'no boundaries'. Except for when you needed to send something to the print shop, those were the days. It was pure freedom, this is how I envision the folks using Cinema 4D. Pure creative freedom! Speaking of that, we are featuring this series by titled: 'Internal Reflection'. A series of personal and colorful experiments using that very same software. First of all, I think the color tones definitely caught my eye from cold feelings all the way to something warm.

Who Created Cinema 4D S22 3D Splash Screens

The incredibly talented Nidia Dias was approached by Maxon to create this year's splash screen for their S22 release. She started by creating one 3D look/style that was further explored to different variations for different versions of the software. Besides the main release, Cinema 4D’s other versions are: Lite Version, Cinebench, Teamrender Client and Teamrender Server.

Create Super Cool Refractive Art in Cinema4D

Jonathan Quintin, founder and Creative Director at StudioJQ has an incredible class on Skillshare. In his class you will learn how to use Cinema4D & Octane to create super cool abstract graphics to enable you to use for motion and video or poster art. I found out about his class after seeing a beautiful design on Dribbble. I love the internet. My weekend now is going to be filled with new things to learn.

Surrealist 3D Compositions for a Surrealistic Reality 

Imagine if a seer or a psychic told you that the new decade would start with a massive pandemic and that all the non-essential business would be shut down. What would you think? I would definitely think it’s pure bull crap. The funny thing is that we all those things happening, all but the psychic part. The truth is, everything feels too surreal, too much like a Hollywood movie. That concerning part is that the movie is not even halfway through. There won’t be a back to normal. If you are waiting for that I would beg you to stop. What comes next, nobody knows.

Material World: Unused R&D Explorations

Rutger Paulusse has been teasing with his new colorful & vibrant series titled: Material World. I just love the fact that Rutger mentioned that these are from unused R&D experiments that happen all the time. Usually, we do forget about it but I just dig how Rutger embraces them and goes beyond deeper. Speaking of colors, I mean take a look at these gradients! It's lovely and it is embracing the exploration meanwhile you are trying to achieve a result needed for the project.

Stay Home & Create New 3D Images in Cinema 4D

I’ve never seen an event that affected so many countries in such a negative way. It’s sad to see what’s going on across Europe, Americas, Asia, Africa, pretty much everywhere. What is even more incredible in my personal opinion is that the only way to slow it down is that we all try to create social distancing, if possible staying home. Staying home for a couple of days is fine, but for an undefined amount of time can be daunting, however if you can try to use that time to learn new things or create new things.

Learn to Create a 3D Sci-fi Environment in Blender

If there is one thing that we can say that is positive about staying home is that you can have time to learn new things. On top of that, we have so much information at our disposal that makes learning quite accessible for those who have access to the internet. A good example is if you want to learn 3D using the free 3D software Blender. Jan Urschel shared how you can create a moody sci-fi interior/exterior scene. “Explore different lighting scenarios, a variety of surfaces and materials to help push your scenes further.

Art Deco 3D Typography for Shell House

Like Minded Studio has shared are really cool project on their Behance page. Titled Shell House, the project rocks a composition using 3D Typography and a beautiful Art Deco style. It reminds me of the Great Gatsby artwork and also the Photoshop tutorial we wrote about it years ago. 

3D Animal Portraits by Maxim Shkret

This is the best opportunity to share some colours into your feed. Nothing to bring joy and inspiration than the work of Maxim Shkret with our constant admiration of his 3D animal series. Maxim is a digital artist that is super-talented and it's always refreshing. We pleasurably featured his work before and it's what we all needed right now, at this time in the World.

CGI Compositions & Light Effects Bottoms Up

Mike Campau shared some incredible CGI explorations for beverage campaigns featuring famous brands like Jim Beam, Courvoisier and others. There are tons of different compositions but the ones that caught my attention were the ones that had some flashy and classy neon light effects, not a surprise you might say. Below you can see my favorites, but make sure to click on the link to check out the full collection

Visual Explorations and Experiments of Sneakers made in 3D

Sneakers! We love them, we collect them and why not create imaginative 3D models just like what David Padilla is doing through visual explorations and experiments. They are delightful, playful and purely creative through many styles of color palettes waiting to be devoured by our eyes. David does a tremendous job of giving his personal pieces, visual identities, and proper authority of fashion. Hope you will enjoy!

3D: Ferrari P4 The Beautiful Loser

Inspired by the Ford vs Ferrari movie that I watched last night I had to share this awesome work I saw on Behance this morning. The description of the work goes: In this latest addition to INK Studio’s ‘Plain Bodies’ series, in which they free historic race cars from their period liveries, they honor the sculpted curves and seductive form of the Ferrari 330 P4, cited by many as the most beautiful car of all time.

Designer Spotlight: 3D work of Peter Tarka

Peter Tarka is a designer with an incredible portfolio. I literally spent hours just checking his work and paying attention to the details. Peter’s 3D style is quite friendly, for lack of better word. It reminds me of Nintendo games actually. I know, it’s not the best comparison, however you can see that his style is quite popular, just check the list of clients he has worked with, including brands like: Apple, Nike, Airbnb, Google, Audi, BMW, Microsoft, At&t, Lg, Pinterest. Verizon, Qualcomm, Fortune and many more.

Star Wars 3D Illustrations

I know this might sound crazy and you can unfollow me right now, but, I am not a fan of the Star Wars franchise. I actually enjoyed watching the first trilogy back in the 80s. I have this clear memory of a Sunday afternoon, a rainy day. My parents are sleeping on the sofa and my brother and I are on the floor with blankets watching the rerun on TV. It’s incredible how some memories stay so crisp in our conscious, perhaps because those were truly happy moments not because of any achievements but just because the simplicity of a moment with people you love.

3D Everydays Inspiration

We have already featured Stuart Lippincott here on ABDZ and will keep doing it because he keeps delivering incredible and inspiring work with his Everydays series of posts. For this post we will feature some from the December Everydays 2019, make sure to check out his work for the full set of images. Ah, in case you wonder, the tools used were After Effects,  Maxon Cinema 4D and Octane Render.

Experiments with 'Paper' by atelier MARTINI _

As the beginning of the year settling its sails, I think it's important to set off some goals and TRY your hardest to accomplish them. I think it's the hardest part! In my case, I always wanted to do more CGI/3D related works to be specific. I tried many times but it's not a 'demand' per se towards my daily work so it's hard to keep giving it more time. To push that 'inspiration' going to one day strive enough boost to learn. Let's take a look at the 'PAPERWORK' series by atelier MARTINI _. Let's be clear here, it's not real paper. Woah!

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