First of all this topic must have be written a colossal amount of time, so please excuse me, i made my research to make it easiest for anyone wanting to help me to step-in into this world.
I’m starting to learn Unreal Engine as engine for level designing, concept art making, and other reasons. As i’m starting from scratch, i must say my knowledge is pretty limited. I’m counting on gentle people of this community to let me know the must have to start to learn in the easiest way. First of all, speaking of softwares, i’m looking for some little things. It’s pretty obvious that i will use UE as engine, for multiple reasons, and the first is it’s “Free” to use and possess a huge base.
I think i also need a texturing tool, and Quixel Mixer seems to be pretty solid one. I’m starting my learning sessions on it.
I should also need a modeling tool for assets and maybe little scenes, and here i have no clue of the one i must choose. My budget is small, and i think i have not access to Indie version of Maya or 3DS-max. Blender seems to be the best option here, not only because it’s free, but also because the lack of competence i possess will make any tool good to start learning with.
I will also use Photoshop for height map and textures, maybe for small arts too, even if i think Mixer as built-in painter tools.
And i’m sure i forgot a lot of tool, assets & textures database, free course, that will help me to jump right into it with a very limited budget. I’m not focus right now on making a game, i start really low with only be able to make scenes and environment for concept art making. It’s the first step i need to reach.
Maybe a little more about me will help in helping me to start in the right direction. I was a network engineer, i’m pretty confident with any computer system, code learning, not afraid of C++ or any basic code, even if i know that a lot of easy tools exists now. With life issues (health) i have now full-time to work on what i wan’t, so time will not be an issue in my learning process.
Thank you all very much for your kindness and your help, you must have a lot of knowledge to share and i can’t wait to read all of your answers.