YouTube Channels for 3D Artists and Game Developers

Blogs, ebooks, tutorial sites—the ways you can educate yourself online are nearly endless. One source of training that's evolved significantly in the past year or two and really come into its own is YouTube.

Thanks in part to advertising and monetization options, YouTube has gradually emerged as a legitimate place for publishers to dedicate their time and efforts to high-quality serialized training channels, and audiences are better off for it.

Here are some YouTube channels that are worth following for any digital artist, especially those interested in 3D modeling, design, and game development.

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The New Boston is a lot like Lynda.com in the sense that the scope of their material is widely varied, ranging from basic math to wilderness survival. However, if you look through their playlists, it's readily apparent that the producers have a penchant for technical subjects, and there are numerous sets of videos that fit squarely into any game-development curriculum.

At The New Boston, you'll find tutorial series for 3ds Max, UDK, Adobe Premier & After Effects, but beyond that there are also lessons on GUI programming, Python, Android/iPhone development, HTML5, and every variation of C, C#, C++, Objective C, and even basic algebra. More »

One of the problems with instructional channels on YouTube is some of them like to feed you enticing bits and morsels to get you to pay for a premium service later on. World of Level design does have a premium service they'd like to sell you, and they plug it occasionally, but never at the expense of the material they're offering on YouTube, and there are enough solid (and free) instructional videos to warrant a subscription to the channel.

 

Their videos are focused on UDK, Cryengine, level design, modeling, and asset production in Maya, and their material is clear and gets directly to the point. More »

FZDSchool is awesome.

 

Led by the masterful Feng Zhu, the channel is actually focused more on concept art, design, and digital painting than 3D production, but just because there aren't any Maya/Max tutorials here doesn't mean it's not worth checking out.

Chances are if you're interested in 3D digital art, you probably possess at least a cursory interest in entertainment design as well, and if you don't you may want to rethink your stance. The more well-rounded you are as an artist, the better off you'll be, and as one of the best designers in the industry, Feng Zhu has an awful lot to teach.

Make some popcorn and watch a master at work. You'll be better off for it. More »

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AcrezHD is big and getting bigger all the time. They've been able to set themselves apart by focusing on some of the less popular 3D apps instead of reproducing the same bundle of Maya/3DS Max tutorials that you can already be found all over the internet.

 

They specialize in After Effects and Cinema 4D, but their repertoire also includes the likes of RealFlow, Cebas Thinking Particles, and traditional cinematography.also includes the likes of RealFlow, Cebas Thinking Particles, and traditional cinematography.

It's a cool channel for the motion graphics crowd, made even cooler by the fact that some of their training just can't be found anywhere else on YouTube (not without digging anyway). More »

I wasn't sure who to choose for my fifth channel, but decided on zbro because until now I haven't really seen another consistently updated channel that focuses solely on Zbrush sculpting.

 

Zbro is a relatively new channel, and the best thing it has going for it is that all the information is up to date and new material is uploaded very regularly.

There are videos on both organic and hard surface sculpting, texturing, anatomy, and design, but it's not so much an instructional channel as it is a showcase of one person's dedication to improvement. But you can learn an awful lot simply by looking over the shoulder of a talented artist.

Since there aren't really many actual tutorials on zbro's channel, I thought I'd also include a playlist called ZBrush 4 Tutorials, which was compiled by a YouTube user called bigboy4006. The playlist contains over 90 different Z4 tutorials and links out to a few more channels that are definitely worth your subscription. More »

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