June 12, 2007 (Computerworld) -- In the past decade, computer-generated (CG) three-dimensional imagery has made an enormous impact on film and videogames, and spread to other industries as diverse as consumer advertising and medical imaging. Beyond the practical applications of 3D software technology, a vibrant community of artists has embraced 3D software tools to express their creativity and sell their talents. One of the most popular Web sites for 3D artists to show off their talents, learn new skills and interact is the U.K.-based 3DTotal, which claims more than 1.5 million monthly visitor sessions.
Tom Greenway, the owner and editor of 3DTotal, spoke with Computerworld via e-mail about the popularity of the site and recent developments in the 3D/CG graphics industry. There is also an image gallery of some of the 3D artwork from 3DTotal.
How did the 3DTotal website get started, and how does that relate to your own background? This all started when I took the decision to stop my insurance underwriting career at the age of 26, and go to art college. It was there I discovered CG and 3D.