the Stepping Stones of Animation

Hey guys! If you are learning how to become an animator, whether it be for a gaming company, or a cartoon series, I am going to be the one to help you!

If you want to start animating, the first thing to do is think: “what would i like to do? 2D or 3D?” 2D would be like Cell Animation(think of Walt Disney movies, or any form of cartoons and/or anime), whereas 3D….you guys know what 3D is. After you figure out what you want to do, pick a software. I suggest going for one that isn’t too pricey for a beginner, preferably something free(they’re very limited in what you can do, but it’s a starting point). I’m currently using a software called Maya 2013. THIS ONE IS EXPENSIVE! I would recommend that you wait on using Maya if you know you won’t be using it often.  Start off with baby steps, and work your way to the more bulky softwares; aka the ones with more inputs to animating, along with more le-way in what you can do with the objects you create. HOWEVER: Maya software makers(AutoDesk) has a very idea where if you are a student learning about IMM or computers programming, you may get the software for free for only 3 years. You would have to tell them what school you are going to, your graduating year, and so on.

Finally, find an idol you want to be like. I want to be like the workers at Valve, however i truly do idolize the creator of Rule of Rose, as well as the maker of Silent Hill.

In the next post I will teach you basic types of animation you can do with ease

WARNING: if you want to animate for a living(like me) be aware that you WILL be pulling all-nighters a little more than most careers, so either develop insomnia or become a vampire.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at balgowr1@tcnj.edu. you can also message me on Facebook under Rebecca Balgowan, and youtube (Shadowdroid776).

I hope you guys have a wonderful day!

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~ by shadowdroid677 on February 12, 2013.

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