3dtotal.com Ltd was founded by Tom Greenway in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. The site has evolved into a comprehensive platform for online artists, offering a variety of free tutorials, informative interviews, and an inspirational gallery. Whether you sketch in pencil, paint in Photoshop, or model in ZBrush, we strive to create a friendly and educational environment that not only helps budding and experienced artists alike, but also showcases some of the best artwork in the world.
We believe that the best ways to learn about art and how to create it is through fellow artists. There is no better way to facilitate this than through a community in which artists can share their knowledge and experience. Using our vast and accessible website alongside thorough research, we keep a close eye on top and developing artists as well as creative trends and advances. This helps us ensure we can continue to be an authority and familiar face within our chosen field and a constant source of high-quality educational and inspirational resources. As one of the first websites operating in this field we can use our long history, great reputation and strong relationship with artists to make sure we are providing the most valuable information and resources to our passionate audience.
As part of our mission to create practical resources for artists, we also publish high-quality art books dedicated to bringing invaluable training to beginners, hobbyists, and professionals alike. Our books feature top industry professionals from around the globe who share their experience in skillfully written step-by-step tutorials and guides. Illustrated throughout with stunning artwork, these bestselling publications offer creative insight, expert advice, and essential motivation.
From traditional art techniques, such as sketching and clay sculpting, to digital art software including Photoshop and ZBrush, the vast knowledge offered by multiple contributing artists makes these books an indispensible addition to any artist’s bookshelf. Popular titles such as the Sketching from the Imagination and Beginner’s Guide series, along with our quarterly magazine CDQ, are part of a backlist of over 50 titles, many of which have been translated into several languages.
Anatomical reference figures seemed the ideal tool to supplement the character art training resources offered on our site and through our books. The aim was to offer something valuable yet affordable for student and professional artists. We launched the half-skin-half-écorché male figure as a Kickstarter project in March 2013. Due to popular demand, the collection continues to expand and now includes female, planar, and animal reference figures.
In addition to digital art, Managing Director Tom has a keen interest in green woodcraft and owns an area of woodland himself. As a result of this, Canopy Press, an imprint of 3dtotal Publishing, was established in 2018 to create books focused on traditional crafts, lifestyle, and the environment. With an interest in enjoying the simple things in life, Canopy Press aims to build awareness around sustainable living, a mindful approach to arts and crafts, and an appreciation of the earth we dwell on.
The 3dtotal team
The 3dtotal team is a friendly but professional bunch of managers, editors, designers and developers dedicated to helping artists grow in knowledge and skill via the 3dtotal.com website and the popular publications in our shop.