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Art Spotlight: Fallen Tripod


Marius Pieroth won the Sketchfab Destruction challenge and wrote a 'behind the scenes' of his entry, where he used Blender to generated the fractured debris.

Hello my name is Marius Pieroth and I am an artist from Germany. I focus mainly on environments, but I am really interested in everything regarding 3D Art. Even though I’ve been doing this for several years now I entered the industry just a year ago. Since Sketchfab is the first platform I have provided content for on a regular basis this whole topic is very exciting for me.

Initial Conception

When I entered the challenge I broke down my project into simple milestones: 1.) Build an alien tripod. 2.) Crash it into a building. 3.) Try to create an alien-looking alloy with different reflective properties.

It is always good to do a quick screening of your project, so you know which part will take the longest. For example: I am pretty confident in my sculpting and texturing skills, so I knew I wouldn’t have problems with that. What I had little to no experience with were destructions and simulations. For that I had to come up with something further down the line.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


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