When I decided to download and use Blender for the first time two months ago, I was immediately bombarded with what looked like an alien landscape.
There were all kinds of buttons, dialog boxes, widgets, check boxes, menus, words, and icons that made absolutely no sense to me. What the heck was a “collection”? What’s was this “UV Editing” thing all about?
Jeepers, all I want to do is create a really cool 3D picture. Why did it have to be so difficult?
Well, nothing worth doing is easy. If you have any interest in creating your own 3D art – and really that’s what we’re talking about here: art – you need patience, perseverance, and a desire to learn. To me, it’s no different than learning how to paint, draw, sew, play piano, or do any other sort of artsy thing. They all take effort and education.
Blender is no different.
My approach to learning something new has always been to dive right in. I tend to avoid learning the fundamentals first in lieu of figuring things out along the way. While true that approach can be frustrating, it works for me. Your approach may be different but the end result should be the same: you learn.
The results of my first attempt to use Blender was this:
Wow, can you believe it?
You can make the same picture by watching a series of YouTube videos produced by Andrew Price (Blender Guru) out of Australia. As he walks you through the steps on how to create this, you learn about the various “alien” language that is Blender. Over time, and with practice, you’ll be creating your own images like I did.
So, if you have an interest in 3D art, have a computer, and want to avoid spending any money, download the software from Blender.org.