IMO you can start with any "advanced" distro if you give yourself the time to learn it. Once you have your main programs set up, using them will naturaly make you accustomed to their specific workflow. If you wanted to avoid the command line as much as possible, that would entail having a file manager, program bar, right-click menu and installing smaller graphic configurators as needed.
Archlinux has an accessible learning curve due to the large community. Its deep flaws only come to the surface after prolonged use and by then you should know what you want from a distro. Any system setup ultimately boils down to installing programs and configuring them according to their documentation. The archlinux repo, aur and wiki ease beginners into this paradigm.>>19684
Mint is acceptable, as they take pains to remove questionable aspects from ubuntu upstream. Antix is a much preferable alternative though. While also based on debian, it has significantly less of the brokenness regularly assaulting windows users: obtuse error messages and buggy background processes (see all software on freedesktop.org).