If my ancient dull brain can get the concept clear in my mind, then maybe I can explain it to you too.​

I’m Dave Britzius. (A.K.A. : Scruffy Fluffy)

Only a few years ago, I got involved full-time with 3D modelling, although I have worked in many allied fields. I started my career as a young industrial photographer in big bustling Johannesburg. I was cocky, self-opinionated and thought I knew it all. A typical “twenty-ager”. One day, a client of mine introduced me to a commercial photographer who was temporarily visiting and needed to hire a studio. I was happy to let him use my equipment – I didn’t want any hire money – but I decided to show this guy from Germany how to do things properly. I wanted to brag. Oh, how foolish I was!

What he did in my studio using my equipment left me utterly speechless. I couldn’t believe it! Within half an hour, I went from being “Mr BIG STUFF” to “Mr. devastated humble little boy”. We became friends, and I tried to suck up everything he could teach me. He encouraged me to visit different countries and work in the big photographic studios of Europe. I only found out many years later that he was a photographer of world-class stature.

Years later, I set up the very first authorised (by AutoDesk) AutoCAD training centre in Cape Town, where I taught 2D drafting in the days when Computer-Aided Drafting was new and exciting. One day, I was fascinated by a brand new application just released called 3D Studio Max. I never had the time to get involved with 3D illustration – I was too busy trying to make a living and support a family – but it was always at the back of my mind.

In 2016 my wife died of cancer, and its shock caused me to perform a complete life reset. I moved away from the Big City into the small seaside town of Yzerfontein on the West Coast of South Africa. I decided to stop wasting my time and do what I really wanted to do, so at the age of 63, I decided to become a full-time student of 3D technical Illustration – concentrating on Blender and Substance Painter.

While I cannot learn 3D as quickly as a modern teenager, I have a lifetime of graphics and technical knowledge to draw upon, which compensates a little. Still, in particular, it allows me to explain matters differently, which I hope will be of some use to you.

Enjoy this site, and please don’t hesitate to ask questions or comment on the posts – that helps me help others in this wonderful journey through the world of 3D modelling.

Physical Address

10 Flamingo Avenue
West Coast (North of Cape Town)
South Africa

Scroll to Top