First I'm dissapointed in the childish responses you got to the term model.
Yes, maybe its technically a 'virtual' model, but model is the term most
use when working in true 3D, ie Revit or Sketchup, etc.
I would look through some of the photography sites.
ie photo.net I think is one. Depending on the model you may want a fairly
Dosch Design has a bunch of nice stuff (including HDRI skies), as does
ImageCELS, Artbeats, Evermotion, Marlin Studios, Photodisc, Renderosity,
etc. I guess it depends upon how high a resolution you need and what kind
of sky you want, most "collections" come with a variety - for instance
ImageCELS "Professional Designer" comes with ~ 500 objects, 280 textures,
and 25 skies. The skies include beach, lake, field, mountains, and a
variety of skies - clear, slightly cloudy, tranquil, stormy, etc. The
problem is that with only 25 it doesn't necessarily have a "lake" sky that
is "stormy". A bigger collection would however have more to pick from.
Wow a painter too. Impressive. I've used my own random picture's skies in
3D models before, it's a pretty obvious thing. You can probably see a sky
in 80 percent of pictures you've ever taken. With digicams the skies the
limit :-P (ok really the memory card is the limit, but I liked the pun).
Heh - Tom Marlin has a wry sense of humor. He used to be a steady
contributor to a 3D email list I was on, but eventually had to drop it to
devote more time to his growing business (truely a small entrepeneurial
businessman!) and work on his book. I like much of his 3D work - he
started in 3D and his business grew out of the niche he saw he coudl build
by fulfilling the need for good-quality ready-made textures.
Thsi is one of my favorites:
but I've enjoyed a lot of his work.
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