We received the following question for our animation team via Twitter: "How do you keep yourself motivated?"
We put the question out to our animators and here's what they had to say:
John Kennedy (Lead Animator): I generally try and use a new tool or approach with every shot I do, so I am learning at the same time, trying to complete the task better or faster!
Alex Pilalis (Animator): My advice to keeping motivated would be to watch released animated films – Pixar, Studio Ghibli, Laika – whatever inspires you and reminds you why you wanted to get into animation in the first place. Also, if you’re working professionally in animation, it’s great to work on your own shots on the side, what you want to do, rather than being given a task.
John Coomey (Lead Animator): If I am a bit worn out I remind myself that I am just having a bad day and that is ok. If you can reduce the stress you are more likely to be back on track the next day or even later that day. Otherwise, I try to break away from the computer and TV and get out as much as I can. Too much time in front of a screen can be oppressive. Get out and experience and observe the world. This will help improve your animation and help motivate you to get back animating.
Also, sleep and exercise... Let your brain get the rest it needs! This helps reduce stress and hence improve motivation.