The World of Graphics and Animation
Many say the community is full of assholes and people who look down upon others. This couldn't be further away from the truth.
Believe it or not, we do care, so think of the older veterans of the forum, as people who are willing to help you get better and enhance your skills, however this cannot and will not be done by sugarcoating advice, and we are not afraid to tell you if a piece you create is shit. Tough love is the name of the game, and not surprisingly, from what we've seen in the past, it does work. We will give out nothing less of constructive criticism, and while our words may be harsh, they do have value and their purpose is so that you can better yourself.
The best things you can do as a beginner is get your hands on a good gfx program. That being said, get Photoshop, as GIMP or anything else will not do.
I've been working with large variety of graphics programs in the past. Like everyone, I started out with MS Paint, then took a giant leap forward and went straight to Photoshop. From there on, I got familiar with other Adobe programs such as Imageready, Illustrator, and Indesign, while also going a step further with 3D programs, such as Bryce, 3D Studio Max, Poser and Cinema 4D.
Current Stage: Experimenting with 3D Programs
Previous Stage: Mastering Photoshop :(