Not Long Ago, In The Industry Not Far Away ...
For those who have been in the 3D industry in Indonesia since 90's, you may be familiar with 3ds Max which I introduced to Indonesian market in 1996. I knew so many people not only in Indonesia, but some industry major players as well. One of the highly known and respected, is Daniel Martinez Lara known as Pepe. You may want to check his website at www.pepeland.com. He was one of few well known 3ds Max pioneering animators in the world. Why? Because 3ds Max was not being considered as a professional choice. I was also struggling in order to introduce 3ds Max in Indonesia. His thoughts were awesome in order to open up people's mind.
I'm New To Blender, How Do I Start?
No need to be worried about it, my friend. That's the same question I had in mind while ago. Whether you're a veteran in 3D animation, or just putting yourself next to the starting grid, you'll find an essential answer: START LEARNING. "But where?" That should be the next question right? Okay, there are lots of things you could start learning Blender. I'll name a few for you. Click on each link to open it.
There are plenty of Blender communities around the world, so you don't need to feel that you're alone. Those communities and the members as keen to share their experience with you. They will give you priceless suggestions and recommendations, and eventually, help you to solve your problems in Blender should you encounter one, or more.
Why Should I Use Blender?
Well, I'm not saying everyone should migrate to Blender. In Indonesia, as this is the market I know so well, majority of 3D software users will appreciate Blender once they find what Blender can do for them. Most of them may think:
Happily, I could say that the answers for those questions are YES. You can perform modeling in Blender very very fast. Blender rendering options (Cycles, Yafray, etc.) support bunch of features you'll need to have for photorealistic rendering such as GI, component, etc. And the best news for you which you may already knew, IT'S FREE without any catch, at all. So, feel free to install it inside any computer you have without the worry of software audit request and legal lawsuite. BLENDER IS COMPLETELY FREE. You have the freedom to use it, install it, .... and be creative with it.
Save your money to invest on proper hardware such as HP Workstation with all fancy stuffs you need included such as Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro professional graphics, higher ECC RAM, RAID0 or RAID1 HDD. Or even SSD as your main storage engine! You'll appreciate your smart investment.
Bimo Adi Prakoso, founder of Sentra Grafika Kompumedia, is an engineering-animation-broadcast industry professional and workstation evangelist. He's been in the Workstation industry since 1996, the era of SGI.