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Where to learn how to be an animator.

Hi all had a bunch of questions I've been trying to find answers to, by searching on google and such. I thought that some of the people here might be able to help me out.

I am currently a computer science student and want to go into the field of animation (most likely 3d animation though I could see myself doing any number of jobs in the field) I'm learning with blender so i can get the basics. I've noticed though, that most groups of people use many different programs to get their work done. For example there is Maya, Blender, 3dsmax, Poser, Anime Studio, flipbook, Nuke, Mudbox and many more. While I get that each has its own strengths and weaknesses, what should i be looking for as I learn what it is I want to do? 

Another dumb sounding question what is workflow? It's a term that's thrown around a lot, but I can't really find a definition so I understand what it means when someone is talking about my workflow.

Do 2d and 3d animation have principles that carry over between the 2 categories? Also I'm planning on continuing my education in the computer sciences. Are these helpful/applicable to the field of animation? I've heard (can't remember where) that they are. Thus I'm taking this road so as to make sure that no matter which path I take, I will be prepared.

This is the last question. I'm trying to learn about animation, and I always hear about "make sure your weight feels realistic" or follow the principles of animation. where would you reccomend I learn about these things so I can implement them.

Thanks so much feel free to tell me if you feel that I'm not beginning in the right way or some such. I want to do this and am trying my best, but without anyone I know who's done this before, it's tough feeling it out on my own.

Edited by: nln_rose on 01/15/2016 - 11:23am
The Animator Letters Project

I believe you would find the answers you are looking for by reading the letters on The Animator Letters Project website. Professional animators have shared their stories about how they broke into the industry, how they overcame roadblocks, and their encouragement and advice for others looking to pursue their dream of becoming an animator. So much wisdom and inspiration is found in the letters. Please let me know what you think. :-)

Willie Downs, Creator and Editor, The Animator Letters Project,

Thank You and Clarification

Thank you so much for your response, Willie. It really is inspiring knowing that I'm not the only one who's having issues wondering if I can make it.

Maybe I should clarify my requests as well.

1: what does a workflow mean for an animator specifically?

2:Where would you reccomend going for learning how to do different types of animation? EG modeling, after effects, rigging ect

3:Does my computer science education have anything to do with animation(especially 3d)? I am emphasizing working with graphics

4:what programs should I be learning to use for a career in animation? I am planning on doing something in 3d animation, so

5:where can i learn basic principles of animation that are universal for all types of animation?

6:I want to start animating my own shorts to find my strengths and weaknesses. This would mean learing a lot of different skills where would you reccomend looking?