Hello! How did you first get into hand drawn animation? Did you pick up the basics on a course or something or did you teach yourself? I'm asking because I've just found your tumblr page while looking for good ways to start with hand drawn animation. It looks like you have a really good understanding of movement cycles [love the centaur walk!!] I am considering taking up a course but having my doubts. Many thanks, look forward to hearing from you
I actually always used to think that I would never have the patience to do animation. It was a big intimidating thing of drawing a ton of pictures for what seemed like minimal pay off of a few measly seconds and people would often ask me if I could really draw the same thing more than once with accuracy. But I was still curious after a few terribly failed attempts when I was like 12 or something, and when I went to university I decided to take a foundation course. It turns out that patience wasn’t an issue, because you spend so little time on each drawing that the process is actually pretty forward moving and keeps itself fresh with each new frame.
Having that course helped me a lot, because I had no idea where to start, and… as weird as this is to think about for me… finding art tutorials and those resources online wasn’t a habit for me back then. I just didn’t know where to look. That and having the support network of friends also just learning is also super helpful. Especially since we were working in the same space so by the time I chose it as a major, we were all spontaneously getting up and offering critique and problem solving together.
It’s perfectly possible to learn animation on your own. There are a ton of great resources out there. If you’re having doubts and you want to give it a go before committing yourself to a course I’d encourage it.
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