About

3D Ark was founded by (then aspiring 3D/CG professional) Zero Dean in 1997.

Zero (his real name) seeded the site with feedback he compiled from professionals after posting a hot topic in a 3D Newsgroup (a precursor to today’s forums & discussion boards).

The post was titled, To industry members: Am I good, or do I suck? and is available on this site. The resulting information essentially became:

From these posts, the site expanded in a variety of directions, including:

  • Discussion boards
  • 3D Art reviews
  • 3D/CG mailing lists (3D-Ark, 3D-Ace, AM3D…)
  • Book recommendations
  • Software reviews
  • 3D contests
  • 3D news
  • And more
3D ARK Coverage (as listed during its prime)

3D ARK COVERAGE

The following list contains just some of the topics we hope to cover on 3D ARK. It’s quite a list, so please bear with us as we search for, compile, and write related information. If you know of resources (on-line or in print) related to the following topics or if you would like to provide content yourself, please let us know.

Animation

  • Timing
  • Posing
  • Rendering & Output
  • Keyframe Techniques
  • Keyframing vs. Motion Capture

Character Animation

  • Constraints
  • Facial Animation
  • Character Design
  • Character Development
  • Lip Synching & Dialogue

Digital Cinematography

  • Camera Work
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Choreographing Movement

Production Design

  • Planning
  • Storyboards
  • Story Premise & Concepts

Post Production

  • Tools & Techniques
  • Pitfalls & Things to Avoid

Texturing & Surfacing

  • Shaders
  • Texture Design
  • Tools & Techniques
  • Pitfalls & Things to Avoid

Modeling

  • Tools & Techniques
  • Object Hierarchies
  • Pitfalls & Things to Avoid
  • Modeling with Animation in Mind

Careers in 3d

  • Contacts
  • Internships
  • Demo Reels & Resumes
  • Self Promotion and Marketing
  • How to be Hired and other Strategies

Employment Issues

  • Royalties
  • Copyrights
  • Compensation
  • Payment Terms
  • NDA’s (Non-Disclosure Agreements)

3d Education

  • 3d Schools & Educational Institutions
  • 3d Industry Contacts & Animation Houses
  • 3d S/W Tips, Tricks, FAQs, and Tutorials

Miscellaneous

  • VRML
  • SIGGRAPH
  • Soundtracks
  • History of 3d
  • Special Effects
  • 3d CGI Galleries
  • 3d Industry Hot Spots
  • Future of Digital Animation
  • 3d CGI enhanced Motion Pictures
  • Media Resources & Organizations
  • WWW 3d CGI & Animation Resources

 

In its prime, 3D Ark was one of the most popular 3D/CG related resources on the Internet (at that time) and required a dedicated server to handle traffic. The site logged over 3 million unique visitors in only a couple years time and used several GBs of bandwidth each month.

Site development was effectively slowed to a halt in 2001 after 3D Ark became too costly and time-intensive for Zero to maintain by himself.

Zero went on to work as a 3D Artist for Big Huge Games in 2001 (which became 38 Studios — which got shut down in 2012) and as a Senior Environment Artist at Rockstar Games in San Diego.

Zero is currently a professional photographer residing in California.