Another issue that I occasionally run into is the limited amount of free time that I have each day. This can add a lot of pressure to finish an animation, and can often lead to a lot of frustration if I can’t quite come up with an original animation idea or if I need to start again.
When creating a project like this, the main barrier tends to be inspiration. Coming up with ideas each day can prove to be a difficult task. Fortunately there are a lot of ways around this animator’s block that I’ve found, the simplest likely being just going for a walk and taking in the inspiration that’s around you. Look at everything, no matter what it is; it can still help inspire you. Look at the way people are dressed, look at insects on the ground, look at the clouds in the sky – anything can be inspirational if you view it with the right mindset.
Another important way of getting inspiration (which, given that you’re reading this article, is one you’re probably very familiar with) is to look at other artists, especially artists that are more talented than you or use different techniques that you. Try and think about the thought process behind their ideas and explore the various possibilities that are then presented, perhaps even taking it in another direction entirely. Some of my favourite projects have been ones that have taken direct inspiration from the styles of artists such as Ian McQue, Jamie Smart and Mike Mignola. My recommendation to you would be to find inspiration in things that you love; make sure you enjoy what you’re drawing, otherwise there’s no point.