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Four wheels? We'll take it!
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2015 Honda Civic Type R Racer by dangeruss
2015 Honda Civic Type R Racer
Honda's newest hot-hatch all dressed up and ready to race.

3D Studio MAX - Vray - Photoshop
Ferrari SF15T by dangeruss
Ferrari SF15T
Ferrari hopes that an all-world-champion driver lineup and a "sexier" car that kinda says FIST in its name will make them winners in 2015.  Read more here:…

3D Studio MAX - Vray - Photoshop
Lamborghini LP750 Aventator SV by dangeruss
Lamborghini LP750 Aventator SV
The Superveloce was developed as Lamborghini's sportiest car. With it's V-12 engine, dynamic suspension and steering, extreme lightness and agility, the newest Aventador is an Italian thrill ride.

3D Studio Max - Vray - Photoshop
Nissan Retro  by dangeruss
Nissan Retro
Nissan throwback paint scheme. Inspired by several dA artist's creations, but I'll be damned if I can find them now. - Sorry.

3D Studio MAX - Vray - Photoshop 
Lykan Hypersport by dangeruss
Lykan Hypersport
The Lykan Hypersport is a limited production sports car by W Motors, a Lebanese based company founded in 2012. It is the first super car to be produced in the Middle East and is featured in the film Furious 7. W Motors plans to produce only seven units of the car. The first pre-production Lykan HyperSport was launched at the Qatar Motor Show in February 2013.

3D Studio MAX - Vray - Photoshop


Russ Schwenkler
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: Arlington Texas - USA
Favourite genre of music: All
Favourite style of art: realism - stylized graphics - techno abstracts
Operating System: Win7
MP3 player of choice: itunes / ipod
Wallpaper of choice: Usually something minimal
Favourite cartoon character: DangerMouse!
Personal Quote: Above all, be kind to others.... motherf*cker!

My Tools

Journal Entry: Sat May 25, 2013, 9:30 AM
Even though I write it in 99% of my deviation descriptions, about three times a week I get comments, notes or emails asking what tools I use to create my work. Maybe this will help, but if people aren't reading the descriptions, it's difficult to believe they'll read this either.  I hope this answers your questions as it's pretty detailed.

For Most 3D modelling:
I use 3D Studio MAX from Autodesk. -…  I've been using 3D Studio since rel.2 running on DOS. long before it was "Maxxed". It's my go-to 3D application for modelling and rendering.

For complex, detailed and accurate mechanical modelling:
I'll use (usually in combination) AutoCad and Inventor from Autodesk.…  and…,  AutoCad is a great layout tool and you can do 3D solid modeling in it as well. I'll often do my layouts in Acad then bring those into Inventor. Inventor is a very powerful parametric 3D solids and surfaces modeler. It makes adding design features like cutouts, fillets, chamfers and more a simple affair. It's also easy to make dimension driven changes to parts within an assembly. Move a hole in a part and it will update the part that mates with it, so the holes line up. Cool huh.

For Most 3D rendering:
I use 3D Studio Max with the Vray render plug-in -…  It is a much loved tool for realistic material creation, lighting and rendering. It uses lots of settings and can be tricky to learn and optimize. I find it give me great lighting, DOF, reflections and can be used to create very, very complex materials.  It's what I use for really all of my 3D rendering.

For Most 2D raster work:
Photoshop -…  The de-facto standard. CS6 (soon to be CS7 in June). I've used it since PS2.0 running on Mac and available in grey-scale only.

For Most 2D vector work:
CorelDRAW X5 - - Why not Adobe Illustrator? I have AI and use it occasionally. I prefer CorelDRAW. It does things that Illustrator just doesn't - or that it makes very awkward.  Where I can "fly" in CorelDRAW, I have to figure out a new workflow in AI to do the same thing. They play well together and can import and export compatible files, so there's no real drawback to not basing my work in AI.

Other tools:
I sometimes use Sketchbook Pro -… and I'm getting to like it more and more. I'll also play around with VRED -… for rendering. I've not found the flexibility I like from it. Plus, if I have to go back into MAX to make a geometry change, I might as well stay there and render. I'll sometimes use lightroom for image processing - but rarely.

So that's it - there's my quiver of arrows.


  • Mood: Joy

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
dangeruss provided Deviant Art with many icons, many of our first skins, and some great 3D renderings. His startlingly realistic artwork, and highly detailed skins, make him one of the most respected and sought after Deviants. We are very thankful for his hard work, effort and dedication in helping get Deviant Art off the ground.



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jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was lead here via Google, then your first devitations.
buttsqaures Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Eleanor is still the best mustang. I like your mustang, but the race car body doesn't do it for me. I prefer the classic original 69 mustang style. 
CRISTALprincesa Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student Artist
tengo una duda...verdad que Deviantart van a cerrar todas las cuentas este 21 de
mayo o sea cuentas falsas o algo a si??

(im sorry, i am speake spanish)
dangeruss Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Lo siento, no soy un administrador o involucrado en la política del sitio.
CRISTALprincesa Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student Artist
ok, no hay problema que pena
Stephja Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GR8 Gallery Mate Headbang! 
ArtEssentIals Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
“I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.” –Aryton Senna                   

I agree.

Very well Russ Schwenkler!   Headbang! 
zoomzoom Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
does ur son have a page here on da? 
Silverliger Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very awesome graphics! :-)
Holtoons Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work - You definitely have skills! I noticed you use VRay for rendering. I work for Luxion, so hit me up if you ever want to test out KeyShot for free. (I'm not a bot or spammer, BTW :D (Big Grin) ) ~ Chad
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