A Career In Animation - What To Do? Where to start?
I've been interested in animation and art since I was a child. Originally this is the kind of career that I'd had hope to pursue but at some point in high school I became discouraged and gave up on the idea of it. Even though I had encouragement from friends and family to pursue my art I brushed it off and got caught up in the idea that if I didn't have a natural talent for art I'd never make it in the industry. As silly as it seemed it never occurred to me that art is a skill and with practice, dedication, and time it is in fact something that you can become successful at. So here I am now majoring in Media Studies, which is not a bad subject to study mind you, with only a few more months left until graduation and I'm just now realizing that I do in fact want to pursue and study animation and art. At this point though, I'm not looking to go back to a four year college but I'm a complete newbie when it comes to animation, though I have tried my hand at stop motion a few times. So what would you recommend be my best course of action? I'm already making an effort to draw everyday and to study other artist's work. I'll be done with my major this semester so next semester I plan on taking as many art classes as I can. As far as animation go, I already downloaded Blender and am trying to work though a few tutorials whenever I have time. I'm also in the process of buying a tablet so that I can try my hand at 2D animation. Is this a reasonable path to take? Should I be looking at graduate schools or art classes at community college? Are there any animation/art mentor programs available? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I really am serious about this but I'm not looking to get into any more debt, if that can be prevented. I'm 21 going on 22 by the way, if that makes any difference. Haha! Thanks guys!