When you talk about modelling I hope you mean 3D modelling.
Here are some 3d modeling and animation software i know about:
You can click on the links to learn more about each software.
Softimage XSI - my favorite at the moment. Really smart tools and work flow.
Autodesk 3ds max - most popular software especially for games and Architectural Visualization.
Autodesk MAYA - very popular animation software used for creating professional visual effects for movies.
Luxology MODO - new software with great 3d modeling tool and very basic animation.
Light wave 3D - a mature 3d animation software.
Blender 3D - open source 3D animation software, free and available for linux.
Cinema4D - another good 3D animation software with robust animation and 3d modeling tools.
Here are some tutorials
If you have more questions I will answer with pleasure.
BigBecka, what do you need the software for?
What do you want to make with it?
Well, firstly for general interest - I used to study art years ago, and I love fantasy art but have never been any good with airbrushes a lot of artists seem to work in CGI now
Second, I sometimes do some CAD contract work for various companies. I don’t like the results that CAD packages give - they’re very rough and ‘blocky’ compared to what you see in movies and computer games. I’ld like to produce something that will look good in a presentation - possibly including some animations, a nice background, maybe some people? Just realistic colours would be a start! It’s surprising how much customers judge you on a presentation…
Yeah, I hadn’t quite realised the difference - the packages I use tend to work in 2D, then you extrude the shapes and make it 3D
Thanks for all the links! I haven’t got round to checking them all out yet I quite like Blender, but difficult to get the hang of, things keep being wobbly Maya looks quite promising…
Blender has become quite powerful lately for a free program it is on par with other industry standard 3d animation software.