Many people download Blender while just beginning their 3D journey, myself included. It is an advanced, open source software that has pretty much the same features as it's more expensive cousin, Maya. And some say it is more intuitive...
Here's a quick list of 5 things to keep you happy and engaged while learning this program.
Because you can't blender if you don't have blender! Download it today at blender.org. It is FREE!
2) FIND YOUR TEACHERS
The internet space is fairly concentrated with learning options and is difficult to sift through. I like to balance my time between project-based Youtube tutorials and Udemy courses. My current curriculum includes...
- Learn 3D Modeling - The Complete Blender Creator Course. This course usually costs about 10 bucks on Udemy and gives you 50+ hours of instruction. VERY GOOD FOR BEGINNERS.
- This goofy gem of a video on Creating seashells. Plus his accent is amazing!
3) CREATE A GOOD SOUNDTRACK
After taking a few tutorials, apply what you've learned while listening to music. It's just like studying with background noise to stay focused. My current fave is James Blake *swoon* he is just so ambient! 😭
4) EXPERIMENT / GET WEIRD
Creativity originates from blind experimentation. Novel things are created when you don't follow the book and Blender offers plenty of opportunity to go rogue.
5) INSPIRE YO'SELF
Artist block is real even when you're just starting out. Find people who inspire you to keep grinding. I've found some great artists by searching #blender3D hashtags on Instagram. Fave is eggbadger.