Going to share some thoughts of my journey to learning animation and some thoughts as a student learning animation.
Recently I managed to complete my Orc fighting a dummy animation. Although I felt I have improved, but there were still some things I am missing.
Still need to cut down on the ideas I presented as some were a little out of context. I was not able to link up the various attack sequences but it was not working as a cohesive piece. The jump attack lacked the required anticipation for it.
largely I felt there were more Issues on having little anticipation or poses not being strong or readable enough.
I would need to look through the reference on a second and thrid pass to find various nuances to body movement.
the other feedback was I am still a little too ambitious which may be due to lack of focus on sticking with much simpler ideas.
I think ambition is good but it is not too good to aim too low. There is a sweet spot where you can find the “Flow” of not too easy and not too difficult that it becomes a challenge without progress. That can only be discovered through trial and error.
Sometimes I am unsure myself if I have chosen the right path. I do like to animate. Perhaps its a normal emotion one feels when you are trying to do something new.
There has been some anxieties on finding a Job. Its been a while since I did paid work, since I am still in training. I do look forward to getting a job.
I hope to do something with Games and Tech. I am not sure how animation will fit in in the Tech part or maybe I might take an evolved role. I do want to learn AWS and Lumberyard down the road.
The best thing you can do is to have a Plan ABZ. This I read in the Startup of You. If things don’t work out will always go back to plan B. And if that doesn’t work it’s back to Plan Z. I do not know if doing animation would work out maybe I might need to do motion graphics or do UI animations and continue work on my character animation reels.
Nothing is a waste.
I do not think doing this training is a waste I felt I have more appreciation for seeing things in real life and referencing them in my animation.
I suspect that my INFJ personality sometimes get the better of me and it causes me to want to try new things.
I do believe that if one faces a bit of self doubt, it’s normal in a journey of change or doing something new. Nothing is ever so perfect. The best time to aim for perfection but realize it’s ok not meet them for now.