In Memory of Fishbiproduct [Christian Vandenberg]

deemarie · January 30, 2006 6:10 am

Tags: Memorials

 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
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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

Article Comments

Helen ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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. Helen

Sabra ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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. Sabra

demonfirefly ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

Very sorry to hear of this sad news. Most sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

cryptojoe ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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

Smallworld ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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.

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends he will truely be missed by all here at Renderosity. SndCastie

jjean21 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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.

steerpike ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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.

0m3g4 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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.

UVDan ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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

Foxseelady ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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.

GregerE ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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 Engstr Vestfossen, Norway

Dutch_Wally ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

and another one goes to the allmighty; he will be missed by everyone who know him.

MOCA ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

Your life pass away...but now, you live in another world in peace...Im going miss your work..Now inspired the angels please...

Moebius87 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 January 2006

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. M

hmatienzo ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 31 January 2006

How sad! :-(

dragonfly2000 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 31 January 2006

Terrible news. I was just looking at one of his tutorials; a very fine artist.

Pearl_Phoenix ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 31 January 2006

wow he died the same day my father did :(... my condolences to his friends and family...

Kazziga ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

It's very sad to hear that a great artist is gone...

fisbiproductsister ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

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

LillianaSapphire ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

its so sad to see somebody so young die. Rest in peace

krimpr ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

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.

Lucca ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

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.

Dracornix ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

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.

Fulvio ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 February 2006

Fly Christian, fly higher: now you have your own wings!

karanta ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 February 2006

So young... thats so sad ... My heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends

Modulok ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 February 2006

It is unforunate. Family and friends have my condolences. -Modulok-

SlayerX ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 February 2006

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(

B_PEACOCK ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 February 2006

That is so heart breaking to hear. My love and prayers go out to his family Bobby

ToniDunlap ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 February 2006

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

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