During those painful months of waiting, I've been feeding my Animation hunger by reading books! I've read Richard Williams' "Animator's Survival Kit" and Kenny Roy's and Eric Luhta's "How To Cheat in Maya 2012" - both great, great books. I've learned a lot, specially in the first one, I already feel like my animation skills started to get a bit better. I'm also pretty sure that as soon as I start doing a bit more complex stuff in AM, the second one will turn incredibly useful. Another thing I've read is Shawn Kelly's "Tips and Tricks" blog, I've printed all it's entries and got them all together with a fancy cover! His skills to motivate are incredible, I've set many personal goals from reading it, it's fantastic, highly recommend it!
Here you have the links:
Animator's Survival Kit
How To Cheat in Maya 2012
I'm currently thinking of buying those, have you read them?
Ideas for the Animated Short
Timing for Animation
My next step tho, is watching Richard William's DVD lectures.
During this time I've made new friends and connections related to AM and Animation. Eager Beavers, the Facebook group, is great for anyone who is about to start AM. Also, I won't forget soon all the Coffee Talks with Victoria Tripp and the Office Hours with Jay Epperhart! Such good times. I've also arranged the time for a short trip to Porto to meet the other Portuguese who are doing or are about to start AM: Leo Cunha, Sue Alves and the Martins twin bros, Sergio and Edgar! Here's a photo of us:
I'll now leave you with a short test animation I did when I was waiting for my girlfriend to come from work! The course starts in the 26th, expect an update not so far away from then! Greetings, Fonzo