First off, you’re in luck. there is gigantic libraries worth of great free tutorials.
http://cgcookie.com/blender/ «< even though most of their newer more advanced tutorials are subscription based, most of their older library of tutorials is completely free and way more essential to go through, if you’re just starting.
Sometimes i’ll just have these on while i work on other stuff, like drawings or digital paintings. animation, playing video games.
of course i may not absorb more than half of it, but i know which videos to go back to when i’m trying to achieve something specific, or which general section i of blender i should be looking in for a specific tool or option… This doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. its just a thing i like to do.
There’s people who’s entire careers are based on only one aspect of a given 3D software, e.g., modeling, rigging, texturing, animation, etc.
i’m not that great at any of these, so my approach has been so far to make really simple scenes that have nice compositions rather than to try and show off some technical dexterity i don’t have…
i also try to take queues from disciplines that have been around for much longer than computer graphics. a simple 3 point lighting photographers and painters have been using for centuries can go much further than more complex photo-realistic lighting techniques when lazily slapped on…
Apart from this i don’t have that many tips to share. most of the more put together scenes I’ve made took me a few days to finish, in that time i looked up what i didn’t know and re-worked over and over parts i didn’t like.
The one simple tip i’d share is to color correct anything you render in Photoshop or after effects (if it’s animated)
even the plainest looking renders can come to life when tweaking each individual color channel’s curve a little bit.
I hope this isn’t all too vague…
THANK YOU! you are awesome as well for brightening my day with your kind words :)
sorry it took me so long to reply. i saw this at work and then got insanely busy all of the sudden, it’s been a crazy week…
Thanks! I use mostly Photoshop cs6 on a pc
I also use blender a lot. which is a free 3D program that rivals other programs that cost thousands of dollars.
as far as hardware goes. i work mostly on a desktop pc, and a tablet PC with a wacom digitizer, i’d recommend the tablet pc if you’re like me and cannot afford a cintiq, some of them are dirt cheap and run all the programs you need perfectly well. despite being a little old.
if you’re interested look into the lenovo x60 series which is what i use for drawing sometimes.