I'm pooh I toppest 3D engine programer world ( I think there is about 50-100 people is toppest - I'm one of them)
I start graphics programming when I was 12. I start with bulshit turtle graphics. I really hate the arthur. and keep going on.
at 1996 there is no education about 3D graphics in here .
I research all about siggraph and graphics paper. It's so suck I'm Korean and My major was philosphy so I serious trouble reading engineering paper. ( I mean my earlier times - not now. I just more care about new hardware trand or visual art - technical stuff is nothing serious to me)
but I'm the first generation and there was no one know about 3D stuff well . I can keep join toppest group in Korea and still now on.
In Korea until now there is no good computer graphic school. I work for 16 years for this area., and I think US and other place will be same. I doubt there is high and very detail education about 3D theory and hardware education.
So cheer up if you are not teached well. don afraid of it.
Technic come from experience and by hand like old stuff - like smith.
I don't read about this thread and I don't care about "why are you the toppest kind of question - I just know by my experience-" so If you have any question or something send me a message and plz send me constructive one only.
I will be honest and truefully help you.
I was going to write something, but I'm still in a very happy place after reading the above, so... I'll bbl