Somebody that I've only been able to identify as "Oto the Cleaner" has provided the community with a good tutorial that is useful for any new 3D artists among us (edit: I have since learned that "Oto's" real name is Antonio Campos.Â Thanks, Francisco!). The tutorial covers basic image projection theory, UV unwrapping, texture creation using the Gimp, and more.
I'd like to think that I know a little something about writing good tutorials, and this is one that no beginner should overlook. It speaks to the right audience, teaching both technical and artistic technique with good use of visual aids. The author appears to be proficient (but not entirely fluent) in English, and a few sections suffer grammatically because of this. However, this is no show-stopper. Instead, most of the sections are taught clearly and efficiently, and with enough detail that anyone should be able to skin the provided Lara Croft model in just a few short hours (or less). Furthermore, he has released all of the content of his site (unless otherwise specified) under the coolest license I have ever heard of: the IDCL (I Don't Care License).
While you're at his site, you might as well take a look at his full list of tutorials. This guy is apparently amazing. Thank you, Oto!