So...graphics has always been the spot where I've fallen short. I can do some adequate stuff as long as I stay in the realm of abstraction....because when I try to make something that actually looks real....well...it doesn't.
But that's when I found Terragen. It is an excellent free program for creating and rendering 3D terrains. But all it can do is terrains.
So, back to my question: What is the best 3D graphics program? I'd prefer it to be cheap, of course, but money really is no object. I've tried Daz3D, but wasn't impressed.
Edit: Oh yah, forgot to mention, 3D animation would be a great bonus.