25 inspiring examples of 3D art

Fancy adding another dimension to your designs? Be inspired by this amazing 3D art.

With the introduction of open source and more affordable 3D software in recent years, more and more artists are opting to use it to bring their designs to life, creating awesome 3D art. The extra dimension provides an added sense of depth that is very hard to recreate in 2D. Now enjoy these great pieces of 3D art...

01. Bed Monster

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This monster picked the wrong kid to mess with!

Digital 3D modeller and animator Aamir is the man behind this brilliant 'You picked up the wrong bed, monster!' illustration. Specialising in character and creature creation, Aamir nails the stylised look, modelling and lighting in this inspiring scene.

02. One Is The Loneliest Number

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Stefan Morrell's awe-inspiring portfolio has just been updated with this beautiful, intricate piece

This awe-inspiring sci-fi scene was created by digital artist and designer Stefan Morrell. With a clear love of the genre, this talented artist's portfolio is full of beautiful, intricate sci-fi landscapes. New this year, this gorgeous piece is one of our favourites.

03. Prom Night

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Riciotti captures this young lady's nerves and anticipation perfectly

3D generalist Mickael Riciotti lets the artwork do all the talking in this inspiring 3D illustration 'Prom Night'. Capturing this young lady's nerves and anticipation of her big night perfectly, Riciotti's brilliant piece is a far cry away from (and refreshing change to) much of the busty female-inspired artwork you see.

04. Stroll in the Swamp

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Anthony Guebels created Stroll in the Swamp using a combination of tools from 3ds Max, ZBrush and Photoshop

Anthony Guebels is currently working as a 2D/3D artist for Ubisoft Montreal. He specialises in creating promotional artwork, used for the marketing of the different brands of the studio. A personal project, Stroll in the Swamp was created with 3ds Max, ZBrush and Photoshop.

05. Space Girl

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Space Girl took Carles Gonzalez several months to complete

Carles Gonzalez has worked for several companies and titles, in videogames and film. Gonzalez worked on Space Girl in his spare time, with it taking him several months to complete. "My favourite part of the creative process is the sketching and initial stages," says the artist.

06. The story of courage, betrayal and love!

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Forget Godzilla - Fatzilla is here!

In this inspiring example of 3D art, motion designer Yaroslav Primachenko used ZBrush to model this cool character, 3ds Max for preparing the rest of the scene and retopology, V-Ray for rendering and Photoshop for the scene's post-production effects.

07. Level 10

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A combination of 3ds Max, ZBrush, V-Ray and Photoshop helped to create this cool 3D image. Image © Toni Bratincevic

Toni Bratincevic is the senior environment modeller for a major videogame company, but has experience in all aspects of 3D, from rigging and animation to final compositing. This particular piece of 3D art took him around four to five weeks, working, on average, two to three hours a day on it.

08. Sunny Sunday Morning

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This relaxing-looking room was created by CEO and co-founder of Arch-Factory Tiago Alexandrino. Image © Tiago Alexandrino

Tiago Alexandrino is the CEO and founder of Arch-Factory, a collective specialising in creating architectural visualisations for private clients. Taking just five or six days, he created this perfect, relaxing Sunday 3D art scene using 3ds Max and V-Ray.

09. Exodus from Delta B-56

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This vibrant 3D image took artist Jonathan Ball approximately three to four weeks to complete. Image © Jonathan Ball

Freelance illustrator and graphic designer Jonathan Ball spent three to four weeks working on this image in his spare time. With a passion for 3D modelling, Ball created the vibrant scene with Blender using the Cycles engine, before completing the composition in Photoshop.

10. Southern ground hornbill

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This ultrarealistic Southern Ground Hornbill was created using tolls for multiple 3D software packages. Image © Léandre Hounnake

No, we haven't included a rouge photograph to trick you, this is really 3D art. The stunning Southern Ground Hornbill image was crafted entirely in 3D by artist Léandre Hounnake. The realistic render was achieved using a combination of Sculptris, 3ds Max, Mudbox, V-Ray, MultiScatter and Hair and Fur.

11. Legacy

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Legacy too 3D artist Tamás Török just over two weeks to complete. Image © Tamas Torok

This breathtaking piece of 3D art was created by Tamás Török using open source 3D software Blender and Gimp for texture painting. Using a leopard model he'd developed previously, this Legacy image took Török, unbelievably, about two and a half weeks to complete.

12. Rebuild

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Freelance 3D and concept artist Neil Maccormack created this cool character using Lightwave and Photoshop. Image © Neil Maccormack

Neil Maccormack is a freelance 3D and concept artist based in Geneva, Switzerland. His online portfolio is full of awe-inspiring 3D art, but his most recent, and our favourite, is this cool robot character, which he created using Lightwave and Photoshop.

13. Teacher's Nightmare

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We love the attention to detail in this scene, the target on the teacher's back a favourite addition of ours. Image © Omer Messler and Adi Cohen

This pair of mischevious looking characters were created by modeller Omer Messler and 3D generalist Adi Cohen. The entire scene was created using 3ds Max and Mental Ray renderer. Working together was a new experience for the duo, but as two minds are greater than one, they managed to complete the detailed piece of 3D art in just two months.

14. NAGA

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3D designer Nitin Khosa used Maya and Photoshop to create this awesome Naga sports car. Image © Nitin Khosa

Freelance 2D and 3D designer Nitin Khosa's inspiration for this awesome 3D render came from Naga, which is the Sanskrit/Hindi word for king cobra and also the name of this slightly retro, open-top two-seater concept sports car. Created using a combination of Maya and Photoshop, the striking 3D art took approximately four weeks, from sketching ideas to the final render.

15. One Small Step

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It was one small step for Neil Armstrong and one giant leap for 3D artist Tomas Kral. Image © Tomas Kral

It may have been one small step for Neil Armstrong, but recreating it in 3D was an epic project for senior 3D artist Tomas Kral. This awesome space scene took Kral three weeks to complete, with most of the geometry created in sculpting software ZBrush and some textures taken from CG Textures.

16. Malaysian Dream

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3D artist Ani Atanasova created this idyllic scene after a trip to Borneo. Image © Ani Atanasova

Ani Atanasova is studio director and lead artist at Pixelhunters, with over 14 years experience in creating 3D art. The artist was inspired to create this idyllic scene after visiting Borneo in Malaysia. The initial 2D design was created by Iliya Atanasov before Ani spent a week bringing it to life using Maya, terrain generation software Vue and compositing program Fusion.

17. Back to the Great City

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Talented artist Bastien Grivet creates this brilliant sci-fi inspired scene using Cinema 4D and Photoshop. Image © Bastien Grivet

This stunning piece of 3D art was created by concept artist and matte painter Bastien Grivet. Unbelievably, this image began as five simple 3D cubes of different sizes and shapes, which the talented artist then manipulated using Cinema 4D and Photoshop. 

Also check out these Cinema 4D tutorials to improve your 3D skills.

18. GT40 in Monte Carlo

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This detailed 3D model isn't just a shell. Digital artist Luis Nieves built the entire car in just nine months. Image © Luis Nieves

As Ford no longer produces the GT40, digital artist Luis Nieves decided to build his own, only in 3D. The talented designer spent nine months building the classic model from scratch in his spare time. And Maya, Mental Ray renderer, Photoshop, and After Effects CS6 were the tools that enabled him to do it. 

19. Robin Hood

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3D artist LrZo was inspired by French comic book Robin Hood when developing this scene

3D character artist LrZo is a huge fan of comic books and animation and so based this brilliant design on French comic book Robin Hood by Brremaud and Simon Loche. To give some of his favourite characters that added dimension, LrZo used Maya and sculpting program ZBrush. 

20. Hornbach

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Creative agency Taylor James produced this CGI shot for DIY store Horbach. Image © Taylor James

This impressive 3D art was created entirely by creative production studio Taylor James for Heimet Berlin and their client DIY store Hornbach. The team created CGI hands and integrated them seamlessly with photography shot in the company studio to give the impression of a man pulling a tree from the ground.  

21. Chameleon

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This intricate 3D chameleon model was carefully crafted by freelance animator Aram Vardazaryan

Freelance animator and creative designer Aram Vardazaryan is the man behind this brilliantly detailed 3D model of a chameleon. Working in VFX and specialising in modelling, the 3D art project took Vardazaryan about a week to complete. Yes, you read that right, just a week!

22. Wolverine

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That's a whole lot of 3D muscle! Image © Aamir

Whoa! We certainly wouldn't mess with this guy! This awesome 3D art of Wolverine was created by 3D artist Aamir, who specialises in character modelling and animation. Aamir crafted this guy's bulging muscles and razor claws using a combination of Maya, 3D sculpting program ZBrush, and Photoshop CS6

23. Stan 'The Man'

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Talented 3D artist Andrew Hakim Lie created this ultra realistic portrait of comic book legend Stan Lee

From a comic book character to a comic book legend, this amazing 3D art portrait of Stan Lee was created by Andrew Hakim Lie. The talented 3D artist produced this image using 3ds Max, ZBrush, V-Ray renderer, and Photoshop, for the final part of an intensive CG course. 

Also check out these 5 top 3ds Max resources.

24. Abstract surrealism in interior

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Igor Kulkov's interior 3D scene features some Picasso pictures, the rest was formed purely from his imagination

The concept for this 3D scene came about after artist Igor Kulkov saw some pictures in a surreal style and wanted to use the idea to form an interior. With just over two years' experience of working in CG, it's hard to believe this brilliant image took Kulkov just 10 days to complete using 3ds Max and V-Ray renderer. 

25. Shroom

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Things are not looking good for that poor unsuspecting fairy in this brilliant 3D scene by Laurent Pierlot

Always fascinated by the ability that some creatures have the ability to blend into their environment, 3D artist Laurent Pierlot decided to put his own spin on things in this awesome CG scene. Pierlot crafted this cute but creepy image using 3ds Max, V-Ray renderer, ZBrush, and Photoshop.

Words: Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is content manager at Creative Bloq.

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