I always struggle with drawing in photoshop so that is definitely something I am trying to work on this year. Also took this chance to refresh my memory in maya.
The new maya has tonnes of new tools but many of the old tools are not in the same tab I remembered them to be at... thank god for google! It took me a while to just to get to the following state.
I have heard friends recommending sketchup saying that its faster to model and easier to pick up.. so that is another thing I am planning to experiment with.