I decided to learn the basics in Modo during the summer break and ended up doing all of Vaughan Ling's tutorials. This is the end result in the order that I made them in. Some of the renders could be a bit better but I can't stand the waiting (10sec video = 20 hours render time).
I learned a ton of things through Vaughans Tutorials and I strongly recommend them, gonna be hard going back to Maya again when school starts :). However I am sure that I can apply a ton of the things I learned in these tutorials to Maya as well.
Check out Vaughan Ling's tutorials here: https://gumroad.com/vling#