I am currently trying to create a logo for my software company, SoftPerson.
First, let me provide some background. I have been working on the software for almost two years now. I am developing new categories of desktop application software that utilizes artificial intelligence, especially in natural language processing and symbolic AI. My software is different from traditional application software in that the focus shifts from layout to content. Instead of viewing documents as a stream of characters and numbers, the software genuinely attempts to understand documents at some basic level and store the document content internally using a semantic representation. Using a semantic representation permits more intelligent analysis and manipulation of the document than what can be done today and brings the software a step closer to performing tasks that are typically done by humans.
The logo that I want is three-dimensional wireframe image of a human head, something like the image to the right that I grabbed off the web. I want the software give the software a human feel, to make it feel like a personal agent.
I actually would like an three-dimensional description of the head rather than a flat image file, so that I can do rotations (and possibly depict other facial expressions) within my application. Besides an animated three-dimensional head, I am also interested in models of hands and other instruments used in document preparation such as pens.
I wrote my own 3D library that leverages GDI+ support for transformations, gradients, alphablending, and paths, and integrates well with the 2D API. Although I created my 3D library, it doesn't mean I know much about the available software for manipulating 3D models, such as Maya, 3D Studio Max, and so on. The only 3D software packages that I have played around with much are POV-Ray, a raytracer, and OpenGL, back in college.
My question is where do I go to buy simple, inexpensive 3D models of a human head and other objects, which I can legally use for my logo and other business and application needs. I have come accrossed the website TurboSquid.com, sells 3D models, but the prices of their models cost more that commercial 3D software packages. I have also noticed a software package, called Poser, that might be what I want.