Some advice for aspiring animators from Rebecca Sugar:
1. Don’t shy away from finding inspiration for characters in yourself and the people you love.
“If there’s a character that you like in something else, they probably remind of you someone you know or yourself. So if you can zero in on that and then use that to make your own original character that has those qualities, but maybe even more specific to you, then do that.”
2. You can find inspiration through the things you enjoy, especially when you’re facing a creative block.
“I love to just put on music and draw, when I get stuck, sometimes I’ll do that. I like looking at art that’s not the medium of cartoons, and kind of absorbing that, and making cartoons while thinking of that.”
3. Even though it’s not the most exciting work, learn fundamentals and traditional drawing skills.
This is excellent advice Rebecca’s received from comic artists like Eric Larson, Mike Mignola, and Eric Powell.
4. And most importantly: Make. More. Stuff.
“And the ones that are working, you’ll quickly start to see like, This is what I want to do. You might not even know until you just do a lot of things, and then it will just come into focus.”