The Wonderful Dynamic Puzzle of 3D (or, What's my Work Flow)
This topic is semi related to the previous one "To Post or not to Post."
In this, the hope is to explore the different ways people view the wonderful dynamic puzzle of 3D. First a bit of an explanation. Working with premade content is not exactly what people often think originally coming into it. They see a picture, buy the item, load it (no going into finding items in this post.. that's a separate topic) and eventually after putting the various parts into their scene... hit the render button. And.... it doesn't look like the promo. What happened (or didn't?)
Well the short answer is, 3D art is made up of many different parts that all have to come together to make a final image/animation. It ends up being up to us as the artist to fit these various parts together to create the final image. How any given artist approaches this is going to vary based on their experience and goals. There is so much valuable information in our community on how people do this that it seems a good idea to take a moment to explore this topic.
I will start with a simple example.