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Founded in 2010, The Rookies is a community for non-professional digital artists. A place for artists with a passion for film, games, animation, immersive media, archviz, motion graphics, product design and other creative industries. It doesn't matter whether you are a hobbyist, student, self-taught or even wanting to change careers. All that matters is you want to become a better artist, learn new skills and be surrounded by people on the same journey as you.

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Platform to help digital artists get discovered without having to compete with professionals for attention.

January 19th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a Lead Cinematic Animator with Chloe Bonnet

January 18th, 2021
12 Unreal Engine Sci-fi Projects to inspire your next 3D creation

January 15th, 2021
Recreating a WWII Aircraft Engine in 3D

January 3rd, 2021
Insider's Guide - Studying at Syn Studio

December 31st, 2021
Modeling, Texturing, and Rendering a Hero Prop for Games

December 27th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a VFX Environment Artist with Hope Wolf Brackin

December 23rd, 2021
Using Unreal Engine to Create and Render a Stylised 3D Environment

December 19th, 2021
Insider's Guide - Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design

December 14th, 2021
Top 50 Adobe Substance 3D Projects of 2021

December 13th, 2021
How to Create a 3D Guitar for Games using Marmoset Toolbag

December 11th, 2021
Insider's Guide - Artline Institute

December 7th, 2021
The Art of Creating a Photorealistic Interior Scene in 3D

December 3rd, 2021
How to Paint and Lookdev a Spaceship Using Mari

November 29th, 2021
Red Hair Girl: Creating a Stylised 3D Character with Maya, Zbrush, Substance Painter and XGen

November 27th, 2021
Critical advice to help you land your first job in vfx, animation, games and design

November 26th, 2021
How to Create 3D Hair and Fur for Iconic Pokémon Characters

November 22nd, 2021
Top 50 Digital Characters for 2021

November 16th, 2021
Paul Mellender LIVE on Discord Server

November 14th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a Full Stack Engineer for a Tech Startup

November 12th, 2021
60 Industry Pros are Ready to Answer Your Questions

November 10th, 2021
Recruiter tips to help you get a job in Film and Games

November 9th, 2021
Top GPU powered projects created with OctaneRender

November 5th, 2021
Embark on a Journey into the Exciting World of VFX

November 1st, 2021
Insider's Guide - Bellecour École

October 28th, 2021
How Do You Land a Job in VFX, Games and Animation?

October 24th, 2021
Wet Olive Saloon: Creating a Wild West-Steampunk Scene in 3D

October 20th, 2021
Handcrafting a Stylised VR Film Experience

October 16th, 2021
The Secrets Behind Specialist Jobs in Animation and VFX

October 12th, 2021
Achieving Realistic Skin Details With Manual Sculpting in Zbrush

October 8th, 2021
Lighting and Compositing a Futuristic Cityscape

October 5th, 2021
So You Wanna Make Games?

October 2nd, 2021
Learn How to Make Realistic Props for Games

September 30th, 2021
Rookies Global School Rankings 2021 Announced

September 29th, 2021
Fundamentals for Lighting 3D Animated Scenes

September 25th, 2021
How to Create Award Winning Motion Graphics For Your Portfolio

September 21st, 2021
How to Create a Compelling Real-Time Fantasy Character

September 21st, 2021
Free Maya Rig - Knight Spider

September 18th, 2021
30 Reasons Why V-Ray is a Powerhouse Rendering Solution

September 14th, 2021
Realistic Vehicle Modeling and Texturing Using Unreal Engine 5

September 11th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a Previs Artist with Jiamin Wu

September 10th, 2021
Rookies Update - Activity Streams, New Contest and Learning Playbooks

September 9th, 2021
Look Development, Lighting and Compositing of a Photorealistic Still Life Scene

September 6th, 2021
Using Adobe Illustrator and Wacom Pen Tablets to Unleash Creativity

September 3rd, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a 3D Artist for a Video Game Publisher

August 30th, 2021
How to Achieve Realism in Your 3D Portraits

August 28th, 2021
Hanging Gardens: Creating a Semi-stylized Environment

August 24th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a 3D Environment Artist at Gameloft

August 22nd, 2021
What Is an Internship Like at a Creative Agency and What You Need to Know

August 18th, 2021
The Environment Design Process: Translating 2D Concept Art to a 3D Render

August 17th, 2021
Rookie Awards 2021 - Winner Showcase Video

August 14th, 2021
Realistic Character Modeling and Texturing in Maya, Zbrush and Mari

August 10th, 2021
25 Projects That Will Convert You to Corona Renderer

August 8th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a Layout Artist for Film and TV with Thomas Baxter

August 5th, 2021
Making a Game-Ready Grand Piano using Maya, Substance, and Marmoset Toolbag 4

August 4th, 2021
Making Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality a Part of Remote Design Workflows

August 1st, 2021
Creating a Stylised Environment in Unreal Engine

July 29th, 2021
50 Mind Blowing Unreal Engine projects you need to see

July 27th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a Game Environment Artist with Jonathan Hars

July 27th, 2021
Top 20 Sketchfab 3D Models for 2021

July 26th, 2021
The Rookies Announce Winners for Rookie Awards 2021

July 24th, 2021
How To Draw a Face of a Superhero-like Character with your Intuos Creative Pen Tablet

July 21st, 2021
Create Game Ready Assets in a Real-Time Pipeline Using Unreal Engine

July 15th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a QA Specialist at Ubisoft with Thibault Leblan

July 13th, 2021
Top 50 Blender Projects for 2021

July 12th, 2021
10 Tips to Take Your Lighting and Compositing Demo Reel to the Next Level

July 9th, 2021
Modeling and Texturing a 3D Reptile: A Step by Step Guide

July 7th, 2021
Meet The Rookie Awards Winner Now Working as a 3D Environment Artist in Japan

July 6th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a UI Artist in a Game Development Studio with Sophia Rodyakin

July 3rd, 2021
Master the Principles of Pictorial Composition with Marshall Vandruff

June 30th, 2021
5 Ways NVIDIA Studio Elevates Your Creative Game

June 30th, 2021
Insider's Guide - 3dsense Media School

June 27th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a Modeling Lead with Julie Tardieu

June 24th, 2021
4 Things 3D Artists Starting Their Career Need to Know (and Usually Don’t)

June 24th, 2021
New Contest - Adobe Substance 3D - Virtual Photography

June 23rd, 2021
Adobe has unleashed a new era of creativity in 3D

June 21st, 2021
Insider's Guide - Studying at New3dge

June 18th, 2021
How to Master Shading and Lighting for a Still Life Scene in 3D

June 16th, 2021
Win massive prize pack by entering our Flash Gordon Modeling Contest

June 16th, 2021
Get to Know the Rookie Awards winner now working as a Motion Designer at Panoply

June 10th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a Creature TD with Seppe Vangrunderbeek

June 7th, 2021
Get to Know the Rookie Awards Winner Now Working as an Interactive Designer

June 5th, 2021
A Guide to Detailed 3D Mech Character Modeling

June 4th, 2021
Learn how to create a Feng Zhu inspired room using both 3D and 2D techniques

June 2nd, 2021
Why Every Digital Artist Should Own A Graphics Tablet or Pen Display Monitor

June 1st, 2021
Harnessing the Power of Simulation-Ready Characters with Ziva Dynamics

May 31st, 2021
Top 20 Projects created with Autodesk Maya in 2021

May 29th, 2021
What's in an Animation Portfolio?

May 27th, 2021
Flash Gordon 3D Modeling Contest Starting Soon

May 24th, 2021
Meet the Award Winning Company Setting the Standard in Remoting Software

May 23rd, 2021
Career Advice - Running a Game Startup with Isabell Mayrhofer

May 21st, 2021
Working in Game Development Abroad: Life in a Multicultural City

May 20th, 2021
Get to Know the Rookie Awards Winner Now Working as a Freelance Motion Designer and Animator

May 18th, 2021
Creating a Steampunk Inspired Character Using Substance Painter

May 17th, 2021
The Top Qualities VFX Employers Look For When Selecting Interns

May 15th, 2021
Things I Wish I Knew About Katana: Core Concepts

May 13th, 2021
Insider's Guide - Games Academy Falmouth University

May 12th, 2021
Career Advice - Working as a 3D Photogrammetry and Real-Time Artist, with Guilherme Rambelli

May 11th, 2021
Speed Up Your Concept Design Workflow with Kitbash in ZBrush, Powered by NVIDIA

May 9th, 2021
Creating an Ornate Carved Wood Material in Substance Designer

May 6th, 2021
Real-Time Character Production Workflow for Games

May 3rd, 2021
How to Create a Pixar Style 3D Scene

May 3rd, 2021
Win a Dell Precision 5750 mobile workstation with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000

29th April 2021
14 Career Opportunities for Junior Digital Artists are up for grabs

26th April 2021
Building Detailed Game Environments in Unreal Engine: “Snowed Inn” Docks

24th April 2021
How to Stand out as a Texture Artist

21st April 2021
Sparking Camp Nostalgia: UE4 Scene Production Breakdown

18th April 2021
Layering Details in Substance Designer to Achieve Realistic 3D Props and Environments

15th April 2021
Creating Photorealistic Props for Next-Gen Games

9th April 2021
How Bomper Studio used C4D to create a 3D Animated Music Video

7th April 2021
Career Advice - Working as a 3D Modeler and Texture Artist by Corinne Dy

4th April 2021
Modelling a Ship for Gameplay Design in Unreal Engine

1st April 2021
Recreating Iconic Concept Art in 3D

31st March 2021
Using a Dell Mobile Workstation to Create Real-Time CGI Films

29th March 2021
Setting Yourself Up For Success: Pushing Boundaries with your CG Art

26th March 2021
Designing, Modeling, and Texturing High Quality Weapons For Visual Effects and Games

23rd March 2021
Career Advice - Working as an Art Director and Concept Artist with Jarold Sng

17th March 2021
2020 Rookie Award Winners - Interview with Jay Blencowe

11th March 2021
How to Integrate Realistic Assets with FX Simulations into Live Footage

8th March 2021
Women’s Day Everyday

2nd March 2021
How to Model and Texture Food Props for Games

26th February 2021
How to Make a Character Artist's Original Portfolio Piece for Film and Games

22nd February 2021
Insider's Guide - CG Cookie

18th February 2021
The Secrets to Sculpting and Texturing Realistic ZBrush Characters

14th February 2021
Character Lighting Techniques to Improve Your Animated Story Telling

10th February 2021
Career Advice - How to setup your own CGI studio and create AAA game projects

6th February 2021
How to Model and Light a Detailed 3D Scene

2nd February 2021
2020 Rookie Award Winners - Interview with Shir Baron

29th January 2021
Insider's Guide - CG Spectrum

25th January 2021
How to Choose Your First Graphic Tablet

21st January 2021
Creating a Procedural Autumn Leaf Covered Floor in Substance Designer

17th January 2021
Insider's Guide - The One Academy of Communication Design

13th January 2021
A Guide for Artists on How to Ask, Receive and Give Quality Feedback

5th January 2021
Tips on How to Achieve Photorealism with 3D Characters

27th December 2020
Insider's Guide - School of Visual Arts

23rd December 2020
How to Create World of Warcraft Characters using ZBrush - Part 2

19th December 2020
Career Advice - Working as a 3D FX Artist with Mattia Rodini

16th December 2020
Development Update: Speed Improvements, 4K Images, Hire me setting, Stacked Images and Page Builder Upgrades

10th December 2020
Creating Props for Games Using Maya and Zbrush

10th December 2020
Full details about $2000 Survey Sweepstake

4th December 2020
Career Advice - Working as a Concept Artist with Gaëlle Seguillon

26th November 2020
Character Production Workflow: From 2D Concept to 3D Render

22nd November 2020
Insider's Guide - Westerdals, Kristiania University College

18th November 2020
Career Advice - Working as an Environment Artist for a Game Studio with Enguerrand Michelin

16th November 2020
Substance Texturing Challenge - Kombi

14th November 2020
How to Create a Realistic 3D Portrait Using Maya and ZBrush

2nd November 2020
Boom-times: Australian animation and visualisation

30th October 2020
Tips For Creating Your Own Custom Material in Substance Designer

26th October 2020
Career Advice - Working as a Character Artist on Fortnite at Epic Games

22nd October 2020
A fully interactive CG toolset that not enough junior artists know about

16th October 2020
Career Advice - Working as an Environment Artist with Brennan Howell

12th October 2020
2020 Best Creative Media & Entertainment Art Schools in the World

30th September 2020
Set reality aside with these trending fantasy artworks

29th September 2020
Animation Challenge - Crazy in Quarantine

28th September 2020
The Subtle Art of Colour Grading

23rd September 2020
How to Create a 3D Game Character in ZBrush

17th September 2020
Star Citizen Gas Station made with Unreal Engine

10th September 2020
How to Create Photo Realistic Characters in 3D in Autodesk Maya

2nd September 2020
Substance Texturing Challenge - Eddie Robot

1st September 2020
Valuable lessons to learn about 3D Composition and Lighting

25th August 2020
Career Advice - Working as a Studio Art Director with Mike Henry

3rd June 2020
Free Webinar - Best Courses to Learn Visual Effects Online

3rd  April 2020
Introducing Weekly Drills

4th March 2020
The Complete Adobe CC Training Bundle

4th March 2020
New Contest: Forbidden Lands, Fallen Empires and Ancient Guardians

17th February 2020
10 essential Soft Skills you need to get a job in film, games and design industries

14th February 2020
$18,769 Ultimate Creative Kit Giveaway details

14th February 2020
Download 10th Annual Rookie Awards Posters

14th January 2020
Finalists announced for Netflix & Skill - Peaky Blinders contest

17th December 2019
The Student Art Podcast - Essential weekly interview series for film and game artists.

28th November 2019
Save Over 99% on the Complete 2020 Adobe CC Certification Bundle

19th November 2019
Netflix and Skill - Peaky Blinders contest open for submissions

11th October 2019
The Rookies World School Rankings® 2019 Released

What is The Rookies?

Founded in 2010, The Rookies is a community for non-professional digital artists. A place for artists with a passion for film, games, animation, immersive media, archviz, motion graphics, product design and other creative industries.

It doesn't matter whether you are a hobbyist, student, self-taught or even wanting to change careers. All that matters is you want to become a better artist, learn new skills and be surrounded by people on the same journey as you.

"The Rookies is better than Artstation. It exposes you to the level of artist's that you're competing against."

Testimonial by Morten Jaeger - FlippedNormals

Showcase your portfolio

The Rookies provides you with a slick way to showcase your work to the world. It's more than a generic page that other sites offer, it's a way to share your creative journey, archievements and how you've improved. The custom built tools allow you to upload everything you need: images, videos, galleries, ProcessView ™, Sketchfab viewer, formatted text and even GitHub repositories for your code. See Examples

"I have my portfolio on every major website and I'm left absolutely frustrated by the process. With The Rookies, the way you've made adding images, text, videos - well, it's simply brilliant! I love it!"

Testimonial by Peter Dimitrov

Grow as an artist

Everyone needs a little challenge to push their skills. Come and join one of our contests and collect badges to share on your free portfolio page. We have huge annual contests and even small monthly jams - and prizes, lots of prizes.View Contests

Track your Journey

From the moment an artist realises they have a passion for creative media, up until the moment they secure their first big job, we’ve are here to help. Our community is full of creators on the same journey and we are setup and motivated to help push members to achieve your goals.

Simple steps to get started

It only takes a few minutes to signup and create a profile. From your private dashboard you can upload work, get targeted news, find people to follow and track your creative journey.

Challenge yourself to submit an entry to a contest. It doesn't matter about winning, we have prizes and incentives all the way through, no matter what skill level. We have small contests and massive contests, pick the one for you.

Our Discord Channel is full of people just like you. People pushing themselves to become better artists and sharing their progress. There are no stupid questions in here because everyone understands we are all learning.

Everyone learns at a different pace. We also know everyone is interested in different creative fields. This is why we've setup Discover - a place to learn new skills, read interviews, find schools, look for jobs and even grab a special members deal.

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Platform to help digital artists get discovered without having to compete with professionals for attention.