Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for learning 3D art and specifically Blender. Some links are affiliate links which provide me with a small commission if you buy from them.
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)|
|Poly Haven||Entirely free library of CC-0 HDRIs, models and textures. They have a Blender Add-On too.|
|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 free tutorials for beginners and intermediate users alike. Your first tutorial should be the “Donut” series.|
|Ryan King||A wide variety of easy-to-follow Blender tutorials. Ryan is a great guy too!|
|CBaileyFilm||One of the best explainers of complicated Blender features I’ve found.|
|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!|
|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.
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