Basic Animation Learning Guide for Beginners
In 2018 the global animation market is estimated to be worth $259 billion. This statistics shows the highest animation marketing in the previous years.
If you are interested in animation, the numbers would definitely boost your confidence. There are significant chances of having great career options in animation production. However, without proper guidance, a lot of beginners quit the animation field.
Where to Start?
From the scratch. It might sound exhausting with advancements in 2D and 3D animations, you need to do it. Read the history of animated movies, Architectural visualization, VR and VFX, traditional cel animation process and the famous animated movies to name a few.
Also explore the famous animation studios and animators like Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks, Walt Disney, John Lasseter and La Volpe etc.
Building Blocks of Animation
It is important to understand the vocabulary of animation. What is the modeling, texturing, lighting? What are frames and hand-drawn animations? What are 2D and 3D?
Since all these are the building blocks of your favorite animated films such as ‘Toy Story’, ‘Frozen’, ‘The Lion King’ etc., you need to be familiar with the words and references.
What Softwares to Use?
If you have already done a good research, it is time to check the range of software in trend. Cinema 4D, Maya, Zbrush, Lightwave, and Blender are a few popular animation software for the beginners. Choose a program that is easy to learn and is currently in trend. If you want to try a few options, go for the free versions. You will realize which best suits your requirements.
For example, Blender Software, which is a free open source is very popular amongst beginners.It is very easy to learn as there is a community of animators on the internet that is teaching it for free.
How to Apply for Work?
Once you have learned the basics, you need to do some projects to horn your skills. You can apply for a job but that won’t pay you much. The better idea is to work as a freelancer and create your profile at a few good freelancing web portals such as UP WORK, FREELANCERS, and FIVER. Do simple and small projects and build your network. Simultaneously, continue polishing your skills by doing the advanced courses and certifications.
The world of animation has no limit for a creative and skilled animator. Check out this video to know more.