It's been quite some time since the last article that I wrote here. I have a good reason, though! Recently, I completed writing Blender For Dummies, and it's currently available for a discounted pre-order on Amazon.
This book spans 408 pages of information specifically tailored for beginners to Blender and 3D computer graphics, written in the friendly "Dummies" style. And even though it's targeted for raw beginners, experienced users may find it valuable because I tried to make it a point to explain the "why" behind parts of Blender's unique design. It's structured in a modular way that allows readers to either read it cover to cover or use it as a reference for specific aspects of Blender and a CD-ROM is included with example files and copies of Blender 2.48a for Linux, Mac, and Windows. The book itself is in black and white, but there is a 16-page color insert with figures that require color as well as examples of Blender artwork from some of the most talented artists in our community.
I had a blast writing Blender For Dummies. With any luck, it will play a part in dispelling the myth that Blender is difficult to understand. Amazon has it listed as shipping at the end of January. Hopefully I can convince one of the other writers here at Blender Nation to write a review.