justwannawritesomethingreal said: Have any tips for aspiring animators?
I’m still a student, so I myself am an aspiring animator! But let me share with you a couple of things that I have learned that have helped me over the years…
- THING THE FIRST: Draw, draw, draw, draw. I know everybody says that, but they all say it for a reason - it’s important! So draw everything, all the time! People and cars and buildings and trees and critters and scenery, all kinds of stuff. Getting out of your comfort zone will help you grow, but remember to take it easy once in a while, too. It’s ok to draw for just for you, too, as long as you just keep drawing. More practice will never hurt you.
- THING THE SECOND: Study! Ew, gross. No one likes studying. Go through art books, learn some anatomy, go to art museums, follow cool artist blogs, watch movies, read comics, find things that inspire you. Finding tutorials and watching process videos are also amazingly useful tools.
- THIRD: Show people your work! It can be totally nerve wracking (I wouldn’t show anyone anything I’d drawn for the longest time) but it’s totally worth it. The advice and critiques you’ll get from people are invaluable. It also teaches you how to take critiques and criticisms - the sooner you realize a critique is advice and not an attack, the better off you’ll be. Make sure to show your non-artist friends too! A big part of animation is appeal - people want to go see a movie because they like what they see! Find out what people like about your work.
- FOURTH: Be ready to get burnt out. It is going to happen. Artblock happens to EVERYONE. The best thing you can do is be ready for it. Create playlists that pump you up, have a list of movies that get you excited, keep a list of drawing prompts and ideas ready. Artblocks can be totally frustrating, but remember, no matter how you feel your art is suffering at the moment, stopping will not make you better. Draw, even if you don’t feel like it. Drawing idly helps a lot too - for example, I love to put on netflix and just grab a sketchbook and see what happens. Just don’t stop drawing!
- FIFTH: Draw like you. Paint like you. This one took a really long time for me to figure out and be ok with. I’d love to be a concept artist, so I’ve looked at a bunch of concept art and art books (study!) and I got it in my head that there was this certain look to concept art that I just didn’t see in my work. When I would draw and paint, I would try to make my work look like what I had seen - I was forcing it and I hated the results. It’s ok to have a style that is different from others you’ve seen (usually preferable, too!). Change will come naturally with time, and skill will come with practice. Don’t force yourself to completely change your way of drawing just because it doesn’t look like what you’ve seen.
WOW this turned out a lot longer than I thought it would be. I hope this was at least helpful!