easiest way to start learning ...!

Hello Folks,

Just joined the forum. I am pretty excited about blender.
Would you guys be kind enough to let me know about what will the easiest way to learn Blender. I have blender user guide 2.3 book.

I am an artist and never created a digital art. I am looking for engineering applications as well as 3d model realistic images and more…

Thanks in advance.

Hello and welcome!

The Blender 3D: Noob to Pro wikibook is an excellent primmer, you can find it there: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro

For general reference purposes, the official wiki ( http://mediawiki.blender.org ) contains the (mostly) up to date documentation and reference material on the latest version.

Have fun!

Martin

Thank you for the links and leads. I shall look into them. :slight_smile:

I really hated that tutorial compilation: the quality of writing is pretty random, there’s misinformation (wrong shortcut keys etc.) and the stuff you’re taught to create isn’t anything highly inspirational. I read the first 4-6 pages, got bored with my stick man and swapped to the Adrianna tutorial. Now that was something that showed me the ropes and tricks of Blender. I’m working on my first very own 3D work ever now and I got to say that without that Adrianna tut, I’d be still making stick figures and crappy clown hats. :stuck_out_tongue:

Edit: And oh, that Blender Summer of Documentation (BSoD) seems really good too. I’m going to use it for learning rigging and animating.

would you please tell me what adrianna tutorial is? link? thanks

I also strongly suggest this free downloadable book for anyone starting out with Blender. It kept me going when things got rough.

http://blenderartists.org/cms/index.php?id=67

There you go. :slight_smile: Scroll to the bottom of the page.

I’ve made a list of the top five at a page on my website.

awesome!!! …Man…! its getting interesting…thanks:eek:

Greybeard’s video tutorials are excellent.

http://www.ibiblio.org/bvidtute/

It’s a little unorthodox, but I’d tell you to hang around the blender general forum in addition to the other suggestions. after you get some knowledge from reading through the steps involved in enough peoples problems, start giving out answer to simple stuff, and eventually more advanced stuff. If a solution to a problem involves something you don’t know about, learn that too.

dig out the tuts and do as many as you can. i find it the best way to learn.

And please be warned that some of the stuff in the 2.3 book is quite out of date including (but not limited to): Armatures, RVKs, Mirror-Mesh and the Subsurf button.

For most problems, you will find the wiki manual will contain updated info, otherwise a search of these forums should help.

When all else fails, ask here in an appropriate forum.