Quickest way to improvement? Practice. It’s a simple bit of advice that rings with absolute truth. Articles, tips, mentors, and study will never get you as far as rolling up your sleeves and getting down to work, be it animation or any other skill.
adapted from animator island:
Level 4 Exercises
-Character eating a cupcake
-Object falling into a body of water
-Two characters playing tug-of-war
-Character dealing a deck of cards out
-The full process of brushing one’s teeth
-A single piece of paper dropping through the air
-Run across screen with change in direction
-Sleeping character startled by alarm then returning to sleepy state
-Opening a cupboard and removing something inside
-Putting on a pair of pants
-Opening the “world’s best gift” and reacting
-Any of the above exercises using a very heavy character/object next to a very light character/object. Enhance the differences the weight change makes!
This video describes how to create simple animations in Photoshop CS4.
Do your best.
There is no reason to do these exercises poorly.
Give it your all.
You owe it to yourself to try your very best.
Something not quite right? Take the time to fix it.