I’ve barely learned the first thing about Blender! So far I can import a model, set up a simple scene out of planes, and render it. I still have no idea how to even move a vertex, and every time I try to select something and move the stupid 3D cursor instead I get furious.
The first thing that I used to get started was the Blender manual. It’s not great as manuals go, but it still works as a reference. Only read about the thing that you want to do at the moment. I started with the page about their stupid windowing system, then how to rotate the camera, then moving something around.
Also, this video got me excited about the renderer. I think that excitement is keeping me going through the frustration. On a side note, watch out for when he explains how to make a semi-gloss material. Don’t leave the Mix shader’s factor as a constant value, press the little dot button next to it and change it to “Fresnel.” That will give you a material that looks like my renders.