Developing a game in 3D requires specialized skills in 3D modeling, animation, texturing, rigging, and more.
As an indie developer or studio, you may not have all that expertise in-house. That’s where hiring a dedicated 3D team can really benefit your project.
In this post, we’ll explore the options for building your 3D dream team.
Working with Freelancers vs 3D Studios
Freelancers offer flexible capacity and specialized skills without the commitment of full hires. However, managing multiple freelancers can be time-consuming.
3D studios provide turnkey service but lack deeper involvement in the game vision.
The “Extended Team” Model
A third option is building an “extended team” of core in-house and supplemental external artists. This provides flexibility while maintaining creative oversight and vision. Core artists ensure consistency, while freelancers provide targeted support.
The extended team offers the best of both worlds – your core vision holders working closely with freelance domain experts. By strategically combining hired staff and extended freelancer pools, you can create an agile, scalable 3D team tailored to your project needs.
Cominted Labs has a 3D on-demand offer that works as a extended team model. Learn more about our offer here. Its starts at $5,000/m and you get a dedicated 3D team for your project!
– Hiring full-time makes sense if you have a large, stable scope requiring consistent art across a long project.
– For flexible capacity and specialized skills, freelancers and studios can supplement or replace full hires.
– The “extended team” blends internal oversight with external flexibility.
Think critically about your needs, budget, and vision when building your 3D team. With the right hiring strategy, you can assemble the ideal creative partners to bring your game vision to life.
Free guide to outsourcing 3D
Finding and managing skilled freelance 3D artists can be challenging.
That’s why we’ve created a comprehensive guide to outsourcing 3D art and animation specifically for game studios. We cover:
– Checklist 1: Finding the right partners
– Checklist 2: Effective collaboration
– Checklist 3: Managing outsourced 3D workflows
– The 10 golden rules for success in outsourcing 3D
We share best practices on everything from finding artists to ensuring consistent quality and style.
Whether you’re new to outsourcing or want to improve your existing processes, be sure to check out our guide to take your 3D outsourcing to the next level.
Find our free guide here