Okay, yes, subject line makes it look far mopier than what the content of the post should be. Don't mind that too much?
Now, I like to design and create stuff, but since my character art that I used to do is almost totally out until I really get over myself (episode of depression, of the proper kind - I was ill for months, and unfortunately it seems that my drawing will be the last thing to get better), I've opted to try sculpting as a way around that! Only... I've ended up trying to sculpt in felt, making anything I might want to make soft, fuzzy, and rather smelly on contact with water. It's also quite time consuming and labour intensive, but I can work on it for hours quite comfortably. I'm even doodling up basic designs to work with, so it's helping my drawing as well!
Is there a place for, say, creature design with soft, fuzzy materials? It is lightweight, and even though it's a little soft it does hold its shape very well, as it's solid felt right the way through. You can accomplish very organic and flowing shapes with it. You can't really make molds from it though, which I can definitely see as a downside.
Now, I don't really know where to start studying - what shapes to start working with. At the moment, I'm experimenting with tools and materials, and accomplishing some basic shapes and structures by "doodling" animal faces. I can't see how it is much different from sculpting with clay, in terms of what you get at the end, so what kind of structures do clay sculptors start with when learning? Being broke, it'll have to be either very easily obtainable items, or else good reference material.