ArtZone Makes Worldwide Debut

ArtZone, a unique and focused online destination that brings community to art, is now available and free to artists worldwide at www.ArtZone.com. Backed by DAZ Prods. Inc., a leading developer of professional quality 3D models and software, ArtZone brings a new environment that enables the sharing and growth of each members passion for art.

ArtZone.com is a community in which artists of every medium can join and share examples of their work, whether it is computer-generated or otherwise. It was created to be just as inviting to those who simply appreciate art, or want to grow in their own skill levels. Each member may present a personal profile and their own virtual galleries, which are open to member comments. Through mediums such as groups, live chats and message boards, artists may also mingle with each other socially, professionally or in any way that encourages their appreciation for creativity and collaboration.

The common thread in all of ArtZone is the passion for art, said Dan Farr, president of DAZ Prods. ArtZone was built around the desires of artists and art enthusiasts, and offers a well-defined and highly accessible outlet to share creations, become inspired and interact with like-minded individuals. Our goal for ArtZone is that it achieves growth and longevity, and becomes the hub for creativity of every kind at any level.

ArtZone offers unique features including virtual galleries, spotlight images, multimedia links, searchable artist profiles, forums, events and more. During the weeks prior to its official launch, ArtZone memberships were made available to DAZ Published Artists and Platinum Club members, comprised of novice as well as professional artists and animators. Throughout this time, members could offer feedback for improved usability and qualities that would influence them to return and invite peers.

"I really enjoy the focus on artwork of all types. So many of the artists I know from the 3D circles are also amazing photographers and illustrators in traditional media. It's so cool to see their work in this new dynamic setting," said Doug Sturk, a professional artist and printer.

Founded in 2000, DAZ Prods. Inc. (www.daz3d.com), a privately-held company located in Draper, Utah, is a market leader in 3D software and digital content creation. The companys model library is renowned for containing high-quality 3D content at the industrys most competitive prices. DAZ also develops powerful software applications that support its content, including Bryce, a 3D environment and animation package; Carrara, a leading edge, complete 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution; DAZ|Studio, a free 3D digital art creation tool; Hexagon, a polygonal modeling software for the creation of ready-to-render 3D models; and Mimic, a lip-synching application. DAZs products have been used in many professional productions, television shows and print publications such as X-MEN 2, SPIDER-MAN, AVERAGE JOE, 48 HOURS, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, POPULAR SCIENCE, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN and the History Channel.

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