Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is coming with less than 20 days to go, and it is tough to find a nice gift for CG and 3D Artists to buy, so the 3DArt team decided to create a list of the 15 best Christmas gift ideas to give to our friends 3D enthusiasts.
The Top 15 gifts to buy for our 3D Artists’ friends (or for ourselves!)
If you have a high budget for your gift and you want to hit the mark with a gift that leaves you speechless, surely this is definitely one of the most appreciated and desired products by every concept and 3D artist who works on 3D character sculpting. Plus, this Cintiq 22 has the lowest price Wacom has ever offered for a drawing display of this size. Surely you can find similar products for a lower price, once again working on a Wacom and with its quality makes this product unique.
A VR headset is always welcome as a gift, and if you don’t have the budget for a PC-based VR setup, which requires more money, cables, and fuss, the Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best options out there for VR beginners and experts alike. This mobile VR device gives you easy access to everything that makes VR special, delivering high-quality virtual reality experiences at a fair price. Quest 2 allows you to literally enter the virtual world, as well as access 360-degree video content and apps, this VR viewer is great for use in modeling, sculpting a 3D character.
How about a 3D printer as a gift? Why not! … this type of product at the moment has an excellent value for money. When it comes to printing performance, the Creality Ender 3 exceeded our expectations. There are a number of features that make Creality Ender 3 one of the most popular 3d printer machinescurrently on the market. It has a build volume of 220 x 220 x 250mm, a BuildTak-like heated build plate, power reset mode, and a narrow filament path that makes it easy to print with flexible materials. These are hard to find in even more expensive printers.
Creality Ender 3 is an excellent option for beginners or creators on a tight budget. While this 3D printer has its flaws, affordability makes it a worthwhile investment, while also ensuring high-quality 3D printing. Furthermore, the growing community using this 3D printer has led to more and more updates.
SpaceMouse Pro 3D Mouse is a great gift for professionals who work many hours on complicated 3d scenes, it is a product developed to provide intuitive 3D navigation, we recommend it for all 3D Artists, level advanced who work many hours in CAD modeling, who it cannot be experienced using a standard mouse and keyboard.
Star Wars cannot miss in the top 10 of the most appreciated gifts by a 3D Artist, ILM studio creators of Star Wars special effects are one of the cornerstones of what Computer Graphics and 3D have been, so always a super gift appreciated, “May the gift be with you young padawan!”
For every artist it is essential to know the human anatomy, for this reason also in 3d it is fundamental as in classical techniques, to have a careful eye and a manual ability in drawing, recognizing the strengths of our image or our characters. Before moving on to apply structure and proportion to our characters we need to learn the reference points of the human body.
This gadget is always welcome to have on your desk next to the monitor, while you are modeling a 3D character.
We also add this other device for 3d navigation in the top 10, the space mouse compact was developed to provide intuitive 3D navigation, we recommend it for all 3D artists who work many hours on modeling design projects, and for simple modeling and accurate in CAD applications.
Scott Spencer is one of the most appreciated 3DArtists by 3d artists, so why not give this book as a gift?
Very useful for 3D Artists and Concept Artists to learn how to create a character from start to finish, following the advice of a 3D guru. Clear instructions, which walk you through the use of Photoshop in combination with ZBrush, to model and 3D sculpt a creature. Scott Spencer shows us how to start working from the concept in ZBrush as a preliminary digital model and then further refine it in Photoshop for an incredible final render.
This is another one that enters the top 10 of the tools that are very useful for a 3D Artist, and therefore to give as gifts!
This year working from home, I recently installed this stand as a workstation upgradefor my two monitors. This fantastic tool has saved me space on my desk and improved my posture during the long days of work in front of the computer. I definitely recommend it as a gift to give to those who don’t have it yet.
Buzz Lightyear, is another of those gadgets that a 3D Artist can’t help having! The desk companion par excellence, which forcefully enters our top 10.
This Toy Story character made the history of computer graphics when Pixar for the first time in the history of animation launched this self-produced feature film in 1995, made entirely in computer graphics with what was then the very first version of Alias Maya.
Action figure models always have their charm, very useful in the concept and modeling phase of a character’s posture, they can be placed in the pose you want. The action figures are perfect for artists who wish to have a small scale human model on hand for human anatomy or a reference pose, they are a great reference for practicing drawing sketch, modeling a 3d character. The action figures include extra, interchangeable body parts and accessories, as in the image you see. What can I say, a very useful product for every 3D Artist!
This very comfortable tripod, easy to manage and attach, is perfect for taking videos or photos or making a video call during a delivery.
You can wrap it around a branch, pole, pretty much anything, so you’re free to use your phone as needed. This is another gift idea that I can’t wait to receive, so here it is on the list for those who want to give it to me 🙂
This is another of those gifts, which are always welcome, for a 3D Artist this volume is full of concepts, and making of the incredible work created by Vitaly Bulgarov and other artists for the Ghost In The Shell movie. A valuable resource for all CG artists, who will be able to study character design and expand knowledge on visual effects for the film and entertainment industry.
We recommend this mouse for people like us who work long hours in front of the computer. It is a mouse with an ergonomic and scientific design, which encourages you to work in the correct positions for the wrist and arm. The “handshake” position, for example, allows for smoother movements and less overall effort.
This gadget is much appreciated, in addition to giving a “fashion” touch 😉, it reduces the friction between the hand and the tablet surface and prevents accidental touch of the touch screen. If you are on a budget and want to give a useful gadget, the glove is great;).