Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for learning 3D art and specifically for Blender. Some links are affiliate links which provide me with a small commission if you buy from them (it’s not much but it supports the page). However, all of these resources I’ve used and recommended well before becoming an affiliate.
These sites sell assets, but they also give away free stuff. Add it all up and you can build a decent library from their freebies without paying a dime.
|Poliigon||A texture site created by the Blender Guru himself… Creating an account gives you access to a bunch of free textures. (Affiliate Commission Link)|
|Blender Market||The go-to place for affordable Blender assets. (affiliate commissions paid from some sellers)|
|CG Trader||Another good place to buy and sell 3D models (referral link).|
|Turbosquid||Ya there’s some expensive stuff on Turbosquid, but set the filter to “free” and you’ll find some good stuff.|
|Megascans||Megascans offers a subscription asset service but they also give away great fee assets.|
|Textures.com||Tons of free/cheap textures, reference photos and all sorts of things you can use.|
|CG Axis||“The Netflix of 3D” – A lot of assets for a low monthly subscription.|
|Blender Guru||Great fee tutorials for beginners and intermediate users alike. Your first tutorial should be the “Donut” series.|
|Flipped Normals||One of the better places to provide both paid and free tutorials and tons of quality assets for your project. They offer a lot more than just Blender stuff, so filter it for “Blender.” (Affiliate commission link)|
|CG Cookie||CG Cookie offers access to a large library of tutorials for a monthly subscription.|
|Ducky 3D||Nathan Duck provides a lot of cool stuff for abstract designs. A lot of good, quick tips.|
|Ian Hubert||An experienced artist in CG, Ian’s Patreon page is one of my favorite places to get tutorials and free stuff made by a guy who knows what he’s doing. He’s entertaining too.|
|Grant Abbitt||Grant does some quality tutorials. They are clear and concise. His beginner course is free and more advanced courses are paid.|
|Blender Institute||You can get some basic tutorials directly from the creators of Blender at the Blender Institute.|
|Default Cube||This guy knows his stuff when it comes to materials/textures and Blender|
|Daniel Krafft||Great stuff when it comes to Blender tips. Also, watch the video where he met Mr. Beast!|
|Brandon’s Drawings||Of course I couldn’t leave my own tutorials off this list.|
|YouTube Audio Library||If you need sounds or sound effects for you project, YouTube offers a ton of copyright-free music and sound effects.|
|Topaz Studio||Amazing filters and effects for any image (Beeple uses this!)|
|Photobash||Buy packs of high-quality photo assets to use in photobashing, as reference or as .PNG assets in your scenes.|
Envato Elements has become my one-stop shop for video templates, stock images and video, photoshop plug-ins, sound effects, music and a LOT more in a single, very affordable subscription.
These are resources I’ve created that you may find useful.
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