I am a Machinist by trade. My interest in CGI started with the release of the original Tron movie and later The Last Starfighter. My first exposure to 3D happened while working at Kinko\'s. Since the late 90\'s I have continued to invest time in developing my skills and have used a variety of software over the years. I chose Open Source programs like Blender and GIMP about 10 years ago. Cost, versatility, and community support are factors that play an important role in this decision.