Hello, I know I'm going to get flamed for posting this since it's most definitely been posted millions of times before, but I have nobody else I can ask for advice. Anyway, I'm 16 years old and since I was 9 I have always wanted to become an Animator. I literally drew all day long. Literally. My father got me into the habit of dating all of my drawings and the amount of drawings I have that were all done on the same day is kind of funny to be honest. That was before High School though, and when High School came along, things changed. My father who in a way spurred me on passed away, and the amount of drawings I produced in a day started to decline. My ambition of becoming an animator started to wither away for a few reasons. The main reason being my mother who didn't really like the idea of me becoming an animator because of "money". Yes, money. Something I didn't quite take into account when I was 9 years old and first wanted to become an animator. But, after doing research, I found a lot of people saying that the pay is bad and that the work hours are long. I was about 12 years old when I did this research and I still didn't really understand what any of it meant. But, my mother continued to tell me to find something better. She wanted me to become a Doctor, a Psychologist, a Lawyer etc. Basically, everything that in her mind was considered well paid. For a while, I was made to think in the same way as she did and that is when the amount of drawings I produced started to decline. All of my motivation had gone, and I spent the rest of my time from age 12 to 16 playing video games and doing school work.
Now however, I have a better understanding of what to expect. And, I'm okay with it. I don't care about the money or the amount of work. I'll be doing something I love, something I care about. That's better than spending my life doing something that means nothing to me. Even if my mother constantly tells me I'm going to be "nothing" and I'm going to become a "bin man".
Moving on from that, I'd like to get some advice from you guys. I don't really know where to start you see. I believe I have the ability to do well in this field, but that is my opinion. I haven't had the opinion of another artist. I'm unsure as to what field of animation would be better for me. I like 2D animations because they seem to be more about art. But, after watching the programme "Pixar: 25 Magic Moments" on BBC Three, I'm kind of swaying towards the 3D side.
Also, I would really appreciate it if you could give me the names of a few 3D and 2D animation programs that I can start using now along with some tutorials because I really want to get started now. The idea of my art coming to life amazes me.
I've uploaded a few of my recent drawings to DeviantART. You can see them here: http://ronzer.deviantart.com/
I also uploaded a sculpture of a dying warrior which I thought of myself so you can see how I work with 3D stuff.