I've spent the last month or two deep diving into C4D & Redshift (absolutely loving it by the way!), and large parts of the many tutorials that I've watched include lots of information about the basics & essentials of modeling and material-making(?). In the time that I've spent learning, I've also discovered the wide range of models and materials available for download (some free and some paid) and am really curious on where I should draw the line.
Should I strive to only use models and materials that I myself create, only resorting to downloading when I've hit a wall? Or is it completely fine and normal to build scenes using mostly models and materials that I've downloaded off the internet to save time.
I understand the importance of knowing how to make models and materials well, but am very curious how to approach the matter from a professional level and at a personal level as I improve my skills later down the line. (For example is it weird to post artwork that I've made that's comprised mainly of models and materials that I myself did not make)