Regardless of what type of business you run, there has never been a greater need for top 3D artists. 3D models and renders are vital to an incredibly wide range of different business areas and without a 3D visualiser to lay the foundations for the finished product, you might as well be going in blind.
What is a 3D visualiser?
3D visualisation allows you to see your product before it's created, spot any errors or issues early before manufacturing. Virtual and augmented reality and 3D visualization can help your consumers interact with your brand, attract a broader audience, and convey your brand message.
But if you’re in the market for a top 3D visualiser, it would be wise to take some time to fully understand what it is that you need from such professionals. Finding the right one can be a hurdle, but we can help you narrow down your search.
What to look for in a 3D visualiser?
Before you start looking for the right candidate, think about the things you need. Try to visualise your goal so that you can communicate your ideas and find the right 3D artist for your needs. Not every freelancer is going to be the right one for you, so take your time and choose wisely.
The first thing you should be looking into is the experience your candidate has. The more, the better. Experience means that the person possesses a particular set of skills. When it comes to hiring the best 3D visualisers, knowing what sort of skills your candidate has can significantly help narrow down your selection.
This is one of the most common skills and probably the most sought after. Mostly demanded by architecture studios, 3D architectural visualisation is an excellent way to preview 3D rendering of some building before it's actually built. If you're planning on building an object, you'll need a 3D artist who can handle 3D architectural visualisation.
3D modelling and concept art
Artists who can handle 3D modelling are quite popular among a wide range of businesses simply because they can make models of objects and work in different fields. The ability to create concept art is also vital as every initial design is the rawest representation of an original idea before it's set in stone. 3D artists need to be extremely creative to visualize your ideas and turn them into a vivid concept.
Computer skills and artistic talent
In the world of computers, digital technologies, and the internet, a 3D artist must have the basic knowledge of computer skills. Since they're called artists, artistic talent goes without saying. Computer skills are an essential tool for communicating ideas today. They need to have good knowledge of the computer programs necessary to create 3D visualizations. Truly experienced 3D artists are passionate about their work and will know more than one computer program.
Business and networking skills
Since 3D artists are required to do business to find work, they need some basic skills in negotiating, taking orders, finding projects, doing paperwork, etc. They also need a sense of timing, as most projects include a deadline. Their capability to handle business accordingly significantly impacts their performance. Networking matters greatly, too, as your 3D artist can point you in the right direction if you need more people to complete a huge project. If your candidate has both business and networking skills, you're on the right path.
Teamwork skills and collaborative personality
3D art is all about teamwork. Since your project probably includes more than one person, your 3D artists will have to fit in the team and contribute to the team spirit. Look for someone who has long experience working on collaborative projects and with other people.
While being able to create a professional, polished, and realistic 3D visualization is the primary quality you're after, you need a 3D artist who will get creative with your ideas. More importantly, they need to be the bridge between your ideas and reality. Initial thoughts are usually too unreal in the beginning. It would help if you had a professional who won't be afraid to work hard to show you the solution that works according to your needs.
A portfolio usually contains the highlights by the 3D artist you're considering hiring. These highlights are generally the best projects they worked on and are proud of. Aside from the best work, a portfolio also consists of various other details that can help you make an informed decision before you hire.
It's essential to pay attention to all the details included to see if the person is really up to the challenge and how their work compares to what you had in mind. If you're not impressed by their best work, don't hope that they'll improve their quality for your project because that won't happen.
If your 3D visualiser candidate has done any previous work, there will also be online reviews on the internet. Online and customer reviews and references are the best way to ascertain how professional and skillful a 3D artist is. Much of these things, including the quality of work, will be included in a portfolio, but online reviews can tell you the things 3D artists don't include or talk about themselves.
You can also find out any additional information and details about their approach, professionalism, skills, etc. Also, look for references. References are the best way to see if a 3D artist had any previous experience working with clients.
Where to look for 3D visualisers?
Targeted outreach is among the most effective ways to hire a 3D visualiser, especially if the team has prior experience working with good designers and/or has a large network. With your team and everyone you know who might have worked with a good designer, brainstorm a list of all the great people they’ve worked with, reach out to them, and/or ask them to refer other people they’d recommend.
Also look to larger design teams to see where you might be able to shave off talent, so to speak. Companies like Google, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, eBay, Apple, Adobe, Intuit, Twitter, and Facebook can employ hundreds of designers and are fertile ground for breeding designers who can work with cross functional teams to ship products. Because they have large teams, junior designers get mentored by more senior designers and are exposed to good design leadership and management practices.
For early-stage startups looking to hire a mid- to senior designer who can eventually lead, grow, and manage a design team, a designer from a large in-house team who has worked there for 2–4 years makes a great candidate for recruiting into such a role.
Startups and smaller companies are also a viable source for designers, particularly if they have been with the company for 2–4 years and the future of the company is uncertain. Be aware, however, that some designers who only have experience in startups may lack a mature design process and/or ability to lead or scale a design team as it grows. If a designer’s experience is mostly comprised of a series of short stints (< 18 months) at startups, take time to understand what happened, not just from the candidate’s perspective but also from founders, co-workers, investors, etc.
LinkedIn is always an option too, but it is a vast and cavernous resource. Creativepool, meanwhile, is focused specifically on creative professionals and there are hundreds of web designers within our ranks ready and waiting to meet you.
If you're looking for freelance 3D artists, Easy Render is another great job-finding platform for hiring top talent in the field of 3D rendering and visualization. The service is incredibly user-friendly and easy to navigate while it offers an incredibly wide range of top talent to choose from.
Writing a job description
Of course, if you’re going to be casting the net out for a 3D visualiser, you’ll need to write a decent job description. Start by figuring out how much you can afford to pay them.
The average base pay for a 3D visualiser is around £36,000 per year according to Glassdoor. Those with more experience and a proven track record of success in this area can also command even higher salaries.
Be specific about your expectations. While it's important to hire the best person for the job, it's equally important to be clear about what your company needs from that person.
With your priorities and skillset in mind, it's time to create a job description. This should include a clear overview of what the role entails and any specific requirements or qualifications you have in mind.
You may also want to note any benefits that come with the position and let candidates know what you can offer. This will help you attract the right 3D visualisers for the job.
Looking to hire a 3D visualiser? Creativepool has thousands of super talented members waiting to make your projects work better for their users.
There are 3 ways for you to find a 3D visualiser on Creativepool.
1. Search and Contact
Want greater control of who you work with and the process behind it? Searching for talent directly and then handpicking who you would like to work is a great way to be proactive in your talent hunting.
Simply search for 3D visualisers and browse through the results. You will be able to look through projects, CVs/Resumes of the talent listed to make an informed decision on your next hire.
On Creativepool we use a series of indicators to rank our members based on job title. Looking through the top 25 ranked 3D visualisers is also a powerful and quick way to view the best in talent on the platform.
Once you have found someone whose style and experience works for you, contact them directly by clicking on the message tab. Searching is ideal if you have a very specific idea on who it is that you would like to be working with.
2. Post a studiogig
Looking for a freelance 3D visualiser? The quickest way to find available talent is to advertise your brief. With us, briefs for individuals are called studiogigs.
Posting your role is formulated to be quick and easy and once you have posted your role, we get busy behind the scenes selecting the best talent to send out your brief to and then post the role on the jobs board. Once you have advertised your brief then just relax and wait for applicants to come to you directly!
3. Post a job
If you are looking for a permanent artist, then advertising a 3D visualiser job is the way for you to attract talent. The process is identical to posting a studiogig.
Once you have posted your role we will check the details of the adverts, send out job alerts to our community that best match your criteria and post on the jobs board. Like studiogigs applicants will apply to you direct.
Whether posting a job or a studiogig or searching for talent you are in control on who you hire. You are under no obligation to choose any of the applicants, and you negotiate with them directly on rates.
If you need any help on your talent hunt. You can chat with us or send us a message. We'd be happy to help.