You want to be an artist, but not of the struggling, starving kind. You also want to be hip, cool, and futuristic. Well, we have the answer for you: 3D modeling. Create stuff on sometimes-free software, upload to 3D model markets, and sell, sell, sell! Already a 3D artist? Great, you just need to upload and watch the cash flow.
The first thing you need to do is create a model. That‘s relatively easy, there are hundred tutorials on every last bit of modeling trivia, and there‘s some powerful free software out there, like Blender. But kind of model do want? For one, low-polygon, game ready 3D models are a way to go – they can be used in games, apps and everywhere else where movie-like quality isn’t required. You know what also hungers for low-poly? Virtual reality! Mobile headsets have strict hardware limitations, while the bigger headsets will still need to deliver those 90 FPS’s somehow. And if you go for the stylized look, that‘s even better!
Now, you have to decide on what to model! According to recent data by one of the leading 3D model marketplaces, CGTrader, animal and car models have the highest chance to sell at a high price. In fact, cars is a very safe bet, as it generates great revenue and doesn’t have too much competition, unlike architectural interior models. Some other categories with a high chance of expensive sales are medical and scientific (so, burners, beakers, blood bags), space, watercraft and just generic vehicle.
Since you now know what to create, you need to know where to sell it. We recommend CGTrader, since it does not obscure your authorship of the model, gives a bigger cut of royalties the more advanced user you are and often hosts competitions with great prizes. So you’ll need to create an account, and then you can get to the fun process of uploading. You definitely need to upload the model in as many formats as possible. Various game engines and development platforms have various requirements for formats!
Besides the model, you’ll also want to upload as many pictures of your goods as you can. Models with 20 pictures have 7.7 times greater chances of selling than those with one or two. That’s both insane and costs you nothing at all to accomplish. Who could have known that buyers of stock 3D models would want to inspect their wares before buying! They also like long descriptions. Or at least Google likes long descriptions, anyways: 1000 symbol descriptions attract twice as much traffic as the weak and runty 50 symbol ones. You should also specify poly count and other applicable data. The more information you provide, the greater chances are for a sale.
And there you have it, a great primer on getting out there and selling your models. You can start doing it today, if you know how to model! And even if you don’t, you should start watching tutorials! 3D modeling can also lead to 3D printing, selling 3D printed models or selling model for 3D print! However, you should really capitalize on the whole low-poly, game ready business. It is the future, after all!