I know in previous articles, like the How to Become a Professional Artist With Educational Sites article, and at the time CG Cookie was providing a lot less than it is now. Granted, at the time of that writing, they had thousands of videos covering many different digital art techniques for 2D, 3D, and Game Development. Since this summer, they have changed the way they wanted the company to move forward. With that said, I want to really go into that in depth, as I feel anyone reading this will appreciate being informed. Anyways, let’s get to it!
So, there are lots of sites all around to learn new and better practices for digital art. As I moved from one site to another, I found quite a few more, and each one taking me to a whole new level of art. So now I can look back at what various sites have given me, and what other sites will bring me closer to a professional standing. With all of these sites, it is more than possible to become a professional solely from subscription based sites, and workshops, completely avoiding college all together. With both 2D and 3D, once you learn the basics and fundamentals, as well as your software, it’s all about applying your style, and then learning from others, mainly professionals. So, I wanted to point out all of these awesome sites, what you can learn, how much they cost, and what you can learn from each one of them. I’ll also point out the few places I was not happy about at all, and if you are from those organizations, you can take a lesson from the other sites.
I have no idea why I haven’t posted these until now… actually, I do, because when I made them I was still on Blogspot, and I couldn’t put them anywhere sensible. Now that I’m running in my own domain (literally), I’ll finally put them up. These are some of my early HDRIs, before I bought the fish eye, and before I started working with equirectangular panorama HDR images (Coming soon!). Anyways, here they are. enjoy!
The following are in OpenEXR format, a lossless format. You can convert to .HDR in Photoshop/GIMP if your software complains.
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