3D Artist in College ? Here is how you can save a lot of money…

Saving money !

As a 3D Artist in College costs are high and the budget is usually tight.
Well actually, I think this applies to basically any college student…

Well anyway, here is a post that will save you a bundle on a yearly basis so keep reading !

Ever heard of Amazon ? You know, that little online shop 🙂

Well, they have a thing called Amazon Prime Student.
It is basically a monthly subscription that will get you a LOT of benefits as long as you are a member.

How do you qualify ?

If you have a valid student email address ( basically an email address ending in . edu ) you are good to go.

What does it cost ?

The first 6 months are totally FREE
After that you pay $ 49,95 a year as a student ( normally it is $99 but students get 50% off )
So that’s basically the price of one cup of coffee a month…..

OK, so less that $5 a month… what do it get for that ?

Well, you might want to sit down for this one, it might take a while.

  • A free subscription to Twitch ( for all you game and live stream  lovers out there )
  • Instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows that you can watch on your smart tv, tablet, phone etc at NO additional costs.
  • Unlimited E-reading on any device like thousands of books, current magazines, comics, Kindle singles etc.
  • Unlimited listening to audible series
  • Free and Unlimited ! photo storage in the Amazon cloud
  • Get 30 min early access to online select lightning deals and beat the crowd to it.
  • Get free 2 shipping on over 50 million articles with NO buy minimum. So even an order of $1 will be shipped within 2 days and for free. So you never have to leave your chair again 🙂

And the cool thing is, if you sign up then Amazon will throw a few bucks my way, so you are not only getting a bunch of cool things but you are supporting your favorite YouTuber, at no extra cost to you, at the same time !



  • Disclaimer : I can and will not be held responsible in any way for results of 
    information in this post being incorrect or changed since posting this by Amazon or its affiliates
  • To my knowledge Amazon Student prime only applies to US students

So how does a Render Service work ?

So what is a render services, how does it work and what do they do ? Big Animation studios use Render Services right ? And it’s very expensive, right ? Wrong ! Even if you are just working off your laptop at home it can still be beneficial for you to use a render service. This could shorten your render time from weeks to hours.

How to present parts of your 3D model ?

If you are anything like me you need to present your work to other people and ask for their opinion or approval. Well in that case it can be helpful to be able to present “partial models” as seen in this picture.



I jave created a little tutorial explaining how to create this effect in Keyshot. Hope you enjoy it !

Here’s a link to the tutorial


Mike Hermes

MH Tutorials

The Art Institutes

art institutes

Often I get questions on my YouTube channel, FaceBook page or blog…..
Where should I study 3D art ?

Well, if you live in the USA ( or are willing to study there ) you are in luck.

What is The Art Institutes? The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools across North America. They provide hands-on education in the creative and applied arts by offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs as well as non-degree programs and classes.

They for example provide a program called 3D Modeling for Animation and Games
Students in the 3D Modeling for Animation & Games program prepare for their future in the computer generated animation industry through a combined focus on traditional artistic skills and modern technology. You’ll attend courses on sculpture, life drawing, and color theory, as well as character modeling, lighting, and digital imaging. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as character modeler, texture artist, and junior production designer.

For more information about Art Institutes, check their website

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