I too am a self taught groomer. I have been grooming my poodle kids for over 20 years. They saw only a groomer once when I had to go off to the dessert when I was in the military but she was a Poodle owner/breeder/handler/groomer. Consider them an art project. Finding pictures and videos on the web is great. I have a great series of DVDs from The Styling Academy; Philip does a good job in describing the cut and all the details like clipper blade sizes, bathing techniques, drying techniques. A good clipper and a few blades will get you started.