I've been interested in trying some 3d modelling/animation. I've been wanting to for awhile, but couldn't because these programs cost SO much. Anyway, never thought of downloading (DUH!. So, I got 3D studio Max, but am totally confused. Is Maya any easier for beginners?
If one is not easier than the other, where can I go to learn some basics for free. I've tried a number of tutorials, but I find when I finish I have a nice looking apple, let's say, but don't understand how I got there (ie. the tutorials tell you where to click, but not why you're clicking there).