Resources

These resources I've listed are great professional assets to add to your library for creative work, experimentation, or projects of any size. Plus a lot of them support amazing artists!

The French Monkey - Textures, HDRIs, Lighting Kits, & More

The French Monkey is a motion graphics artist and designer with some truly exceptional work. The link above has a collection of high resolution grayscale texture maps, lighting kits, HDRIs, 3D models, and more for artists looking to add some seriously amazing assets to their library and projects.

Blunt Action - 3D Object Generators, Material Tools, and Awesomeness

Besides being a long time collaborator of mine, Blunt Action makes some amazing artwork and assets that assist my in my production workflow consistently. Need to make Archways, Low Poly Cities, or Crystals? Blunt Actions generators have you covered. Also, their new Easy Octane Material tool is fire and speeds up your Octane texturing process in C4D by tenfold.

Poliigon - High Resolution Textures & HDRIs

Poliigon is a subscription based texture and HDRI asset library. An unbelievable resource for super realistic and diverse textures and maps to make your 3D compositions look that much better.

Greyscalegorilla - Cinema 4D Plugins, Assets, & Tutorials

These guys have been around forever and are the OG Cinema 4D Resource & Asset Studio. I've been using their products ever since I got serious using Cinema 4D. Tons of amazing tools to speed up your 3D process, and their tutorials are some of the best in the motion graphics industry.

CGTrader - 3D Models & Assets

Professional 3D models ready to be used in CG projects, film and video production, animation, visualizations, games, VR/AR, and others. Assets are available for download in many industry-accepted formats including MAX, OBJ, FBX, 3DS, STL, C4D, BLEND, MA, MB and other.

Turbosquid - 3D Models & Assets

Another amazing online resource and marketplace for 3D models and more. Assets are available for download in many industry-accepted formats including MAX, OBJ, FBX, 3DS, STL, C4D, BLEND, MA, MB and other.

AE Scripts - Plugins & Tools for Adobe After Effects

With a wide variety of scripts and plugins available, this should be your go to if you need any extra assets or tools for your After Effects workflow.

Red Giant - Plugins for Adobe After Effects

These guys provide some really amazing and powerful After Effects plugins and tools. Need Particle Effects? Their Trapcode Suite has some incredible cloner/ particle effects for post production. Need or Color Correction stuff? Their Magic Bullet Suite is your go to color correcting toolbox for AE. Need some really cool Vintage / VHS Effects? Red Giant Universe comes with a ton of cool plugins and presets to up your post production game and polish off your compositions.

These tools streamline my creative process, keep my business affairs in check, keep more money in my pocket, save me time (which is precious to everyone), etc.

Dubsado

This is my favorite new tool I've added to my business arsenal. It does everything a creative (or other small business professional) could possibly want and allows you to set up workflows and automated systems for your business, which means less emailing and time spent on mundane tasks. Some of the features include automated emailing/ email tracking, invoicing (and automatic reminders for those clients that take their sweet time paying you), CRM and lead capture, questionaires and forms, contracts/ e-signatures, branded client portals (for you and your client to keep track of all your emails, documents, contracts, etc.), calendar integration, assigning tasks to employees, etc. Like this thing does everything and has saved me tons of time while making my creative businesses look super professional. Can't recommend it enough and for the price nothing else even comes close.

GSuite by Google

GSuite gives me all the additional tools I need for my creative business, including a sexy email with my domain, generous/ unlimited storage on GDrive (depending on the users/ plan you pick), and a ton of other super helpful online tools/ apps that integrate with my companies and creative projects. For what you get, the price is unbeatable, and if you use the link above you get 20% off your subscription/ purchase.

Quickbooks Self Employed / Turbotax

In the past I actually kept a Google Doc Spreadsheet synced up with IFTTT to track all my expenses, however when it came time for taxes, all my entries were super jumbled and disorganized. Finally after years of doing my taxes the hard way, I found Quickbooks Self employed.

Running your own business/ creative endeavor can be tough, especially if you don't keep proper records of your expenses, income, etc. It's both surprising and unfortunate that a lot of creatives don't know the first thing about taxes, paying them, or that you can actually save yourself a ton of money each year by keeping proper "books" or records of everything. And who doesn't want to keep more money in their pocket and protect themselves from being audited down the road?

Quickbooks Self-Employed simplifies your year-round bookkeeping by syncing up to your banking and credit cards and tracking it in a super easy to use/ sleek app. You can categorize all your expenses, subscriptions, meals, travel, and other associated business expenses and have them automatically recorded based on rules you set, and the dashboard shows your estimated tax payments, income, expenses, and other pertinent information for your current tax year. For those of you who save your receipts (you need these if you're ever audited to show proof of expenses so you should be), the app also has a receipt scanning feature that auto-matches with your transactions and means the days of saving physical copies of your receipts are gone. Additionally, all your data integrates with Turbotax so those of you filing taxes yourself (or with a CPA/ accountant) can easily import/ access all your information pre-organized based on tax return categories. Another amazing tool I've been using for 2 years now and saves me a ton of time when taxes come around as well as throughout the year.

Whether you're just starting out or an advanced creator, here are some reliable and tested places for you to learn various creative softwares, principles, and design skills from the best.

Greyscalegorilla - Cinema 4D & Plugin Tutorials

As mentioned before, these guys are amazing. If you're just starting out with Cinema 4D, this should be one of, if not your first stop. Their tutorials are extensive and branch out into a ton of C4D associated plugins as well.

The Futur - The Business of Design

If you're a freelancer, studio, agency, or established visual artist (beyond beginner/ intermediate level) looking to grow your business or refine your craft, Chris Do & The Futur team should be your first stop. Their business assets, educational tools, and design resources will help you up your professional game, and their content is top quality.

Video Copilot - Your One Stop After Effects Shop

Looking to get your feet wet with Adobe After Effects? Andrew Cramer and the Video Copilot team provide Hollywood calibur VFX tutorials, resources, plugins, and more. This is a great place for beginners and advanced users alike if they want to make really cool compositing work and get practice using After Effects and it's powerful tools. Not to mention a ton of their resources and plugins are used by professionals in a wide variety of VFX fields.

Entagma - Houdini Tutorials & Tips

Let's face it, there are some looks you just can't achieve unless you use Houdini. This is where Entagma comes in. They have some really killer Houdini tutorials to achieve those sexy looks and effects you want, without having to learn the entire software from scratch (although knowing the ins and outs help a lot).

Notch Tutorials & Resources - All of it Now's Berto Mora & Kevin Zhu

Notch is the one of the newer real-time production softwares, and it's grown massive in popularity over the last few years. Kevin & Berto from All of it Now are some of the Notch OGs, and are super involved in the community, providing resources, and helping others through their R&D work. Besides their killer  project work, these guys are worth the follow just to see what sorts of new cutting edge technology is coming out in the real-time and AR fields.

The following books and reading material have been a great source of inspiration, education, and insight for me over the years. Some have invaluable design and art information, others have changed the way I live my life on a day to day basis.

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Below is a list of the parts/ components for the workstation I built a few years back. This thing is a monster and still kicks ass. The configuration is focused around GPU rendering (Octane Render for Cinema 4D), VR, and general mograph/ video editing work.

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CPUIntel - Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU CoolerCorsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
MotherboardAsus - X99-E WS/USB 3.1 SSI CEB LGA2011-3 Motherboard
MemoryG.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
StorageSamsung - 960 PRO 250GB M.2 Solid State Drive
StorageSamsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
StorageSamsung - 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
StorageSeagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
StorageSeagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
StorageSeagate - BarraCuda Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
StorageSeagate - BarraCuda Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video CardEVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB HYBRID GAMING Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Video CardEVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB HYBRID GAMING Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Video CardEVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FOUNDERS EDITION GAMING 11GB Graphic Card 11G-P4-6390-KR
Video CardEVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FOUNDERS EDITION GAMING 11GB Graphic Card 11G-P4-6390-KR
CaseThermaltake - Core X5 ATX Desktop Case
Power SupplyCorsair - AX1500i 1500W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical DriveAsus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Operating SystemMicrosoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Case FanCorsair - Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans
Case FanCorsair - Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans
Case FanCorsair - Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans
Case FanCorsair - Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans
Case FanThermaltake - Riing 14 RGB 3-Pack 51.1 CFM 140mm Fans
MonitorDell - UP2716D 27.0" 2560x1440 99% Adobe RGB 60Hz Monitor
MonitorDell - UP2716D 27.0" 2560x1440 99% Adobe RGB 60Hz Monitor