I have very little time, about 3 hours in the evening, to tool around with 3D and any other stuff I might be doing.
Yes it is tough when time is so limited. This I think is one of the secrets behind ‘professional’ vs ‘hobbyist.’ People who decide to be a ‘professional’ at something make a life commitment in hours etc that give them an advantage over someone with less hours to put towards it. This comes at a cost ofc for the person who decides to be a professional in something as challenging as the arts in making a living. The other thing is, there are no guarantees in life. Many hobbyists end up doing some very professional level work where some professionals never really break out even after all the work and commitment they put into it. Either way, it’s good to encourage any and everyone to express themselves creatively, for themselves and all of us as a whole imo. It’s good for the soul, and no one ever knows what may come from the nooks and crannies.
(Definition ‘Break Out’: to reach a point the tools become second nature and allow the full capacity of the brain to explore creative aspects. Possibly an elusive goal where whatever gets created ends up being during the process of trying to reach it.)