So yeah, I use a 3d software program called Cinema 4D. It's one of the easier programs to get into 3D modelling for anyone who is first starting out.
It's then basically building shapes. Take the ball for example, there is already a ready made sphere so tha's my base. I then create several smaller spheres and place them into the bigger one. I then attach rings throughout to add to the overall feel. Once everything is in place, you add lighting, shadows, materials to bring it from nothing to something. The project is exported with an alpha (so I can add in my own background with a different program) The background is then created in say Photoshop or if I wanted it moving, I would be using after effects
Do you use that software for your job or are you just mucking around to get to grips with it?
A bit of both but mainly the latter. The katamari picture is just me mucking around and seeing what I can come out with. It's my first time making a proper scene like that though so pleased how it's come out but can see the problems with it a mile off. My job, while quite unrestrictive, I have no passion for the subject so I do this stuff as an outlet
It's early days but my work is coming along
For tutorials I highly, highly recommend GreyScale Gorilla. Superb starting point to get you understanding how to use the project. Used it myself for the pictures on the last page