In Memory of Fishbiproduct [Christian Vandenberg]
 On December 29, expert Rhino modeler Christian Vandenberg, at the young age of 44, lost his short but heroic battle with cancer.

Christian joined Renderosity in 2001, under the nickname of Fishbiproduct and soon became a vital and beloved member of our community. Christian was a world traveler, leaving his birthplace France at the age of 22. His wanderlust for new adventures drove him to live and work as a diamond setter and custom jewelry designer in Singapore, Australia, and finally to California.

During the last phases of his short life, he called Los Angles home, where three years ago he became an American citizen. Throughout his life Christian had an overwhelming passion for vintage fighter planes, especially those from the World War I and World War II era.

Mark Lawrence, one of Christian’s close friends, shared this story, “Some of Christian’s friends were known to tease him that he had obviously died young in his previous life, no doubt in a dogfight with a German Air Macht, and that this was the source of his obsession with these aircraft in this life. Those who knew Christian were certain that he gave better than he got in these imagined battles.

In 1997 Christian encountered a new passion, when he purchased his first computer. In the beginning he used his computer solely to bring life to his jewelry designs, finding that it gave him great freedom to draw his visions in 3D, before crafting the “real” thing. His love for 3D modeling soon combined with his passion for vintage aircrafts, and it was at that moment that the Rhino artist, that the Renderosity community came to admire, was born!

The Renderosity galleries are filled with amazing and talented 3D artists, and Christian was among the top Rhino modelers. What set him apart from the crowd was his genuine thoughtfulness and eagerness to lend a helping hand. He always took time out of his busy schedule to post encouraging and supportive comments to artist’s gallery images, as well as guidance to friends as well as newbie modelers within the Rhino forum. For all his talent, Christian was a humble man, who made no distinction between advanced artists and beginners, he treated all artists with equal respect — and, the Renderosity community beloved him for his, talent, his kind heart, and his thoughtfulness.
Comment from Renderosity on Christian’s above image Mig 3
glenartist: “You have perfected one of the finest models of an airplane I have ever seen! The time you have spent on detail and blending and fairing all the lines, is a testimonial to your eye for form and beauty. I admire your ability to stick to the ’idea’ of getting it right even if you have to re-build. You have set a standard of lofty dimension to aspire to. The path to perfection is only archived by the few who have the fortitude to work hard at their craft, you have the gift!”
© Christian Vandenberg [Fishbiproduct]
Aside from designing jewelry, fighting imaginary battles in vintage war plans, and enjoying his love affair with the computer and 3D modeling — Christian enjoyed good food and drink, dressing in his own personal style, and riding his Honda 650 turbo motorcycle.
Although Christian loved LA and was very proud of his newly obtained American citizenship, he still had the heart of a Frenchman and a wonderful sense of subtle wit. One of his favorite pastimes was casually sitting in a sidewalk café, drinking very expensive small cups of exotic coffee, smoking strange handmade cigarettes, and poking fun at California culture. He was also not afraid to poke fun at himself, and his humor showed through his online persona and his self-imposed nickname of Fishbyproduct!
© Christian Vandenberg [Fishbiproduct]
When he was first diagnosed in early December, instead of feeling sorry for himself when he knew that his days were numbered, and his body, as he stated, was in a “downward spiral” due to his incurable fast growing cancer, Christian put his fellow 3D artists first in his thoughts.
© Christian Vandenberg [Fishbiproduct]
Christian last wishes, in his own words; “I'd like to donate my models (aircrafts, etc.). It's a passion I have, and I think you'll understand I don't want all this to just gather dust on a broken hard-drive when I'm gone. I want my models to keep flying, floating, whatever they do. That'll make me smile.” Mark, was among the many friends who sat at Christian’s bedside during the last days, and he reflected on Christian’s last words. “Christian said bravely that his life was obviously organized in 22 year cycles, and it was time for him to move on to the next stage.” Christian never married or had children. He is survived by his parents and brother who live in France; and his sister Marie who lives in Australia. Christian is deeply missed by his many Southern California friends, and of course by the Renderosity community. We all share in the sorrow of yet another of our family being taken from us, especially at such a young age.
© Christian Vandenberg [Fishbiproduct]
Please join with us in sending Christian's family and friends our prayers, thoughts, and best wishes. Christian [Fishbiproduct] you shall be missed greatly! But never forgotten! May your wings take eternal flight! The Renderosity Staff and Community
We invite you to visit:
  • Christian’s Renderosity Art Gallery
  • Christian’s Personal Web Site
  • January 23, 2006
    It was Christian's wish that these files be made publicly available for the art community to enjoy:
    Filename Size
    engine bay mask.3dm 17,889
    nose cone one piece.3dm 36,082
    S5.jpg 71,259
    S2.jpg 84,787
    S3.jpg 86,373
    S4.jpg 134,093
    Produced design.jpg 277,532
    3 Rows metal only.JPG 336,912
    3 Rows saphire.JPG 380,507
    5 Rows metal only.JPG 419,707
    5 Rows saphire.JPG 448,485
    Christian Vandenberg Laguiole knife.3dm 3,408,131
    Christian Vandenberg Oil lamp.3dm 3,571,737
    Christian Vandenberg Chess-set.3dm 4,104,445
    3 rows alone.3dm 5,666,854
    5rows alone.3dm 9,432,442
    Christian Vandenberg Tugboat.3dm 16,065,429
    Christian Vandenberg Polikarpov I-16.3dm 17,346,725
    Christian Vandenberg MC 72.3dm 17,460,695
    Gregs Pave 3 Rows.3dm 18,296,343
    Gregs Pave 5 Rows.3dm 32,735,117
    conversion kit.3dm 40,410,411
    Christian Vandenberg Mig 3 short nose.3dm 78,567,823
    Christian Vandenberg Mig 3 long nose.3dm 80,000,050

    Created by Christian Vandenberg AKA "Fishbiproduct"
    2004/2005 Have fun with it and thank's for looking.

    _ Some moveable parts are presented in both "opened" and "closed" positions, in different layers. Vents, landing gears, windshield, etc.

    _ Other moveable parts are provided with their rotation axis (found in the "rotation axes" layer). These are parts such as rudder, ailerons & flaps. I use 3D-rotation for these. Rudder rotation will be a bit "difficult", I poorly conceived it...sorry :)

    _ The entire aircraft can be rotated from a "flying" position to a "landed" position through an axis that runs through the wheel's centers. You'll find it easily.

    _ One *small* detail..: this model was never meant to be "texture-friendly"

    2005-04-23 - Stand 542Sm_Prog001.flv

    2005-04-28-Slant Stands.fla

    My methods:
    _Embedded videos (.swf), such as "flyover" animations or videos on the Snap badge website, I create with Flash (Now you have to learn Flash-proper... :) ) Flash uses a script similar to java and that's what I use to create control-buttons ( play/ pause/ frame by frame) I also add captions in Flash for videos such as the Snap badge demos. Attached is one of my Flash file, ( "Slant Stand") so you'll see everything: coding for buttons, tweenings for captions, the use of masks, etc

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    Member Opinions:
    By: Helen on 1/30/06
    I am more then saddened to hear this. Although I never spoke to Christian I have followed his work.
    He is a loss not only to this community but to all.

    May he be flying the skies in one of his much loved planes.

    My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.


    By: Sabra on 1/30/06
    Though I never knew Christian, I knew his amazing work. Reading this tribute makes me sad beyond words, to loose again a such a talented, generous and inspiring persons. My heart goes out to his parents, family and friends.


    By: demonfirefly on 1/30/06
    Very sorry to hear of this sad news.
    Most sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

    By: cryptojoe on 1/30/06
    This is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. May Gods bless and keep his family and friends in their time of grief.

    Christian,I miss you deeply.

    Joe Keezer

    Las Vegas, Nevada. USA

    By: Smallworld on 1/30/06
    Christian's work has been my greatest inspiration in 3D. I had some contact with him before the end which has deeply affected me. It is a great loss, but I urge everybody to download his models and keep his memory alive.

    Brian O'loughlin,

    Dublin, Ireland.

    By: SndCastie on 1/30/06
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends he will truely be missed by all here at Renderosity.


    By: jjean21 on 1/30/06
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this talented artist..although his life was cut short by this terrible disease it sounds as though he lived it to its fullest and that is something most of don't have the opportunity to do. My thoughts are with Christian's family and friends in this sad time.

    By: steerpike on 1/30/06
    Very sad - and only 44. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

    I didn't know him, but I browsed his gallery from time to time and I admired the care and detail with which he produced his work.

    If any members are able to develop his models, it would be a real tribute.

    By: 0m3g4 on 1/30/06
    Another great one bites the proverbial dust. It sad to see him go as I never really got a chance to get to know him. I never even knew he had cancer! It was a huge shock to me as I had had a brief interlude with him just a few days before news of his passing.

    By: UVDan on 1/30/06
    Goodbye Christian. The world will be a much lesser place without you. I am sorry that I did not get to know you as well as I would have liked. My condolances go out to your friends and family.

    Dan Gamache,
    Mesa, Arizona

    By: Foxseelady on 1/30/06
    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I wish I could have known him, it has been a pleasure to view his art, his jewelry and to read his written words here. My thoughts are with his friends and family...I hope his wings are free.

    By: GregerE on 1/30/06
    A huge loss. I did not know him personally, but have studied his work for some time. He was a big inspiration to me, and it's sad that he went away so early in life. I will enshrine his models and rendrings for the rest of my life. My sincere condolences goes to his family and friends.

    Greger Engstrøm

    Vestfossen, Norway

    By: Dutch_Wally on 1/30/06
    and another one goes to the allmighty;
    he will be missed by everyone who know him.

    By: MOCA on 1/30/06
    Your life pass away...but now, you live in another world in peace...I´m going miss your work..Now inspired the angels please...

    By: Moebius87 on 1/30/06
    I never had the opportunity to meet this wonderful artist and beautiful person, but this memoriam to him was so very well written that I know that we all, as artists and as a community, have lost a very dear member who is truly one of our best.

    — Möe

    By: hmatienzo on 1/31/06
    How sad! :-(

    By: dragonfly2000 on 1/31/06
    Terrible news. I was just looking at one of his tutorials; a very fine artist.

    By: Pearl_Phoenix on 1/31/06
    wow he died the same day my father did :(... my condolences to his friends and family...

    By: Kazziga on 2/1/06
    It's very sad to hear that a great artist is gone...

    By: fisbiproductsister on 2/1/06
    As Christian's sister ,and on behalf of my parents and brother, I would like to thank everyone at Renderosity who, over the years took the time and pleasure to admire Christian's wonderful work. Every nice comment you made, meant the world to him and made him so happy, for that we are grateful.
    To all of you who have taken the time to express their sympathy in this sad time, to all of you who have expressed their admiration about my brother's work and understood what a beautiful man he truly was, I would like to say thank you. You all made this world a more caring place for him, who cared so much about everyone else. Be all assured he is now truly flying his planes. Marie Vandenberg

    By: LillianaSapphire on 2/1/06
    its so sad to see somebody so young die. Rest in peace

    By: krimpr on 2/1/06
    One cannot helped but be moved by these tragic announcements. My most heartfelt condolences to Christians' friends and family, and may God be with you all through this difficult time.

    By: Lucca on 2/1/06
    I offer my condolences to his family and to his firends. May his good deeds in life continue to inspire others to also do good things too. May he rest in peace.

    By: Dracornix on 2/1/06
    No matter what is said in this little box cannot convey the sympathy I feel for Christian's family, the art community and as said earlier, the world. My deepest condolences to them all. I regret not getting to know him, but his artwork speaks volumes of a good kind Soul. You will be missed Christian. Fly in Peace.

    By: Fulvio on 2/2/06
    Fly Christian, fly higher: now you have your own wings!

    By: karanta on 2/2/06
    So young... that´s so sad ... My heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends

    By: Modulok on 2/2/06
    It is unforunate. Family and friends have my condolences.


    By: SlayerX on 2/2/06
    Wow, thats messed up... I remember contacting him once on a question I had for him, I can't believe he's gone.

    My condolences towards his family, I'm sorry to hear that. =0(

    By: B_PEACOCK on 2/2/06
    That is so heart breaking to hear. My love and prayers go out to his family

    By: ToniDunlap on 2/3/06
    So long Christian. Maybe you'll meet my Ronald, husband of 38 years along the way on your journey. He too has just gone to the other side due to that dreadful disease. I chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for you both that happiness you have found. Free from all pain or suffering. Just smile now. To your family and friends, I chant for strength. We love you and will miss your great artistry. Toni Dunlap

    By: kathym on 2/3/06
    To FishbyProduct in Loving Memory of Some One I Never had the chance to meet ..

    Upon the wings, you do fly
    Free now from the burdon
    That which is life
    All those whom once you knew
    All those whom you hadn't the chance to
    Look to the skies
    Because that is where
    We will always
    See you.

    Rest well Christian.

    By: phonx on 2/3/06
    We will sadly missed a great inspirer!!:(

    By: Paradogma on 2/4/06
    I agree with phonx.

    It makes me sad that we lost such a talented artist. May his spirit and his works inspire us all.

    Rest well.

    By: 3ddave44 on 2/5/06
    I didn't know him or his work. He sounds and looks like a very nice, zestful man. Including some renders and pics of him here made a very nice tribute. My condolences to his family and friends and wishes of joy to him in next "22 yr cycle".

    By: katibabi on 2/5/06
    Beautiful work. Wish I had found it sooner.
    Condolances to his family.

    By: keihan on 3/2/06
    One of the best fellow Rhino modelers. He will be sorely missed.

    By: Hippodan on 7/13/11
    I just found out about Christian, and now I'll never get the chance to know him. I saw his models before I knew anything else about him. I'd still love to learn from him. Does anyone still have his model files? I would really appreciate the chance to study them. My particular interest has always been airplanes.

    Thank you so much.

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