What kinds of classes should I take?
My current goal is to become an animator. I was wondering what kind of classes would prepare me for this the best. #classes #animation #college
First and most important, learn cartooning. I'm not talking about some class that teaches you how to make funny characters from letters. I'm talking about a real cartoon class, where you work your way up from basic shapes to lighting and everything. Learn anatomy, bone structure, muscles, shadow, light, drawing the Male and female figures from infant to old age. Learn the fundamentals of articture, design, layouts, animals,plants trees,water mountains, clouds....everything.
There are great schools out there. Kubert comes to mind, Ringling Brothers is another. Can't afford those then check with your local college or even school districts under continuing education. Nothing in your hometown or city, then take an online course. Steve Silver is a fantastic teacher and friend, he works with Schoolisum or something like that it's all on line. There are many others out there doing the same, Check out Bruce Blitz another good friend for his courses Blitz on Cartooning. I am working on an online classes as well.
Your options are many.
The classes that you take depend greatly upon what you discover when you get to know your self well enough to develop a focus. Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps:
If you haven't already, you should become an expert at After Effects, which is a great starter for a career in animation. Following that, try and participate in any training around Cinema 4D. And keep track of internships at some of the bigger animation houses that offer annual training workshops.