Recommend beginner's 3D design tutorials (online/print)
I've been interested in 3D design and CGI for a long time and I've finally decided to try my hand at it. Problem is, I don't really know where to start!
I've found various Blender tutorials online but they mostly seem to either be aimed at teaching you the Blender UI or very specific skills. Don't get me wrong, these have been helpful and I've picked up in a couple of days some pretty cool terrain design tricks with texturing, lighting and water simulation.
What I'm really looking for though is an absolute beginner's set of tutorials. Without understanding the fundamental properties of a 3D model, it's very difficult to know how to apply that to produce what I want. It's all fine and dandy following specific tutorials but simply following button clicks isn't really teaching me anything.
So, any recommendations? If such a thing exists and is platform agnostic (again, lack of understanding on my part means I don't know how realistic a request that is) that'd be great, but if they must be platform specific then I have access to Blender, 3DS Max and Maya (thanks to Autodesk's student program!)