Hey, Xe, I’m going to post this on my blog because it’s a bit easier to keep track of and might help other people!
Despite the fact I go to an art school, all my animation is really self-taught/my animator friends have coached me through some stuff and helped me stay motivated.
There are and aren’t a lot of resources out there, oddly enough. There AREN’T a lot of tutorials or things floating around unless you look hard enough. But there’s a massive amount of TVshows films and what not that you can watch and learn from, which is something I kind of do.
As for tutorial/reference resources, I can highly recommend looking into purchasing The Animator’s Survival Kit. It’s the one thing I picked up and read through, and has helped many animators from all over.
Also Reference! Reference! is great in terms of reference videos, if you’re looking for something along the lines of frame by frame action of some action.
There’s some Disney guide somewhere, but I don’t remember what it is?
But check out Living Lines Library as well for pencil tests and production art. The Production Art section has been my favorite part, but the pencil tests for certain movies are really helpful.
My friend Rex has a podcast called "Blank Keyframe" that is about animating! There is only two so far, because he doesn’t have internet currently. HOWEVER, I’ll be reblogging and advertising it whenever he starts coming back with newer episodes! I might actually be a guest on there too, so ha! Keep an eye on that! The rest of his tumblr is something to check out too, because he’s pretty darn good!
As for programs, I use Flash now, but I used EasyToon for fun for awhile. I’m not sure about TV Paint, so someone back me up on that one.
Overall, if you have some basic knowledge about animating, it’s all about observation and animating a lot…That’s what I did, sort of! I’m lucky to have Rex as a buddy to coach me with my animation whenever I ask!
Hope that helps you get started!