Sunday, November 12th, 2017 Posted by Jim Thacker

Get four free Renderpeople rigged 3D characters

Originallly posted on 22 May 2017. Scroll down for updates.

Online asset store Renderpeople has made four stock 3D characters based on photogrammetric reconstructions of real people available to download for free.

Each of the models has been retopologised from the original scan data, and is rigged and ready to animate. The characters are licensed for use in commercial projects.

High-quality free rigged 3D characters in 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Maya and FBX format
We originally wrote about Renderpeople’s free characters back in 2015. Our original story shows how the assets have evolved, with new characters being added and old ones being retired.

All of the current characters – both men and women, with a range of ages, ethnic origins and clothing styles – are available as 3ds Max and Cinema 4D scene files, both set up for V-Ray; and as FBX files.

In addition, two of the models are available for Maya, and two for SketchUp, ArchiCAD and Artlantis. All of the assets come with 8K diffuse, gloss and normal maps.

Updated 12 November 2017: Renderpeople has updated the formats in which the characters are provided.

All of the characters are still available as 3ds Max and Cinema 4D scenes, and as FBX files, but are also now available as Blender scenes, with materials supporting the new PBR shader in Blender 2.79.

In addition, two character are now available for Maya, Unity and Unreal Engine; and two for ArchiCAD, Artlantis, Rhino, SketchUp and Photoshop CC. The latter set are also available as OBJ files.

More commercial figures in Renderpeople’s library
Renderpeople also has over 800 commercial stock characters (plus one dog), priced at around $45-90 each. The models can be browsed by age, gender, ethnicity, clothing style, and by pose.

Intended primarily as an alternative to Photoshop cut-outs for visualisation work, the figures include both unrigged, ready-posed models, plus the newer rigged, custom-poseable characters.

Download the four free character models from Renderpeople’s website
(Registration not required, although you can sign up for the company’s newsletter at the foot of the page)