Top 3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Online Animation Resources

online animation tips

28th Jul 2016

Top 3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Online Animation Resources

This week, we’re looking at some of the ways animators can make sure they’re getting the most from online learning. With so many free programs to try out and a whole world of online resources to explore it’s easy to feel overwhelmed so we’ve put together a few tips to help you out.

Stephen, Managing Director

Keep doing it a few minutes a day each day is important but most of all share what you learned with others.

Dale, Operations Director

Don't rely on it. It’s an amazing resource but the internet can be wrong too. Combine it with real life practice and reviews with your peers.

Graham, Creative Director

Tutorials are great, whether it be digital tutors, video co-pilot or just on YouTube.  But at the moment I keep going back to Pinterest. It gives a great mix of top quality reference, in a huge range of styles as well as tutorials popping up.

Kev, Technical Director

Learning with tutorials and videos online is really a great tool for getting your head around programs and so on, but getting your hands dirty is the only way to develop that new knowledge. Get stuck into that personal project that has been festering in the back of your head for the past 10 years and make it… working on something like that is a great way to learn.

Joe, Lead Animator

Pretty much what Kev said, watching mountains of tutorials is awesome but I don’t think you actually step up a skill level until you’re applying what you’ve studied hands on to a project. Find your own relevance in every tutorial also, as most methods in this industry can be done in a wealth of different ways and everybody has their own pref. Find new ways of applying the skills you’ve learned by developing your own personal projects, even if it’s just a project that can be brought to a finish in an hour. Also, thank God for Pinterest.

So, there you have it; try out lots of tutorials, practice as much as you can and share your results with peers. There are a wealth of tools out there to help you but you’ll still need to put in the work to see results. Happy animating grin

Team Treehouse