I believe in tutorials. I use them often. But here’s another crazy idea for trying to teach myself character animation. Let me know whether or not this is a dumb idea or not.
Step 1: Write the story.
I wrote a full-length movie screenplay about an 18 year old daughter who needs to save the world and her mom from her evil aunt. At this phase, I just concentrated on stuff like screenplay format, story structure, stuff like that. Here’s the link if interested.
Step 2: Pick a small piece of the story and make a personal project of it.
The screenplay has over 90 shots in it if you factor in all the cuts. I feel that I could just pick one shot and do sketches, models, rigs, animation, and so forth for just that bit.
Step 3: Don’t be afraid to ask for help or input.
This isn’t to say I should be doing a call for artists any time soon. But I figure it doesn’t hurt to post often, help others, and ask questions as I progress in my self-education.
Step 4: When done, go back to either step 1 or step 2.
The whole gist is that maybe it’s okay to reach for the stars while at the same time keeping both feet firmly planted. So is this 4 step approach realistic or should I change tactics?