| 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.
We invite you to visit:
It was Christian's wish that these files be made publicly available for the art community to enjoy:
|engine bay mask.3dm||17,889|
|nose cone one piece.3dm||36,082|
|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|
|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|
|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
_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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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