I learned from the forums at; [link] The members here make and pass down lots of rules to animation that shouldn't be followed all the time(if at all). I regret this process being part of my first dive into animation. With Stickpage it's a never ending loop, let me explain;
A majority of the stickpage members just got into high-school.
New members get harsh comments and critique where they usually first learn the terms used by members, and even without knowing what the terms actually mean will go and critique other animator's works using these terms even if it's not the actual problem.
And while learning to critique yourself and others is part of the normal learning process of any artist or animator what usually happens on stickpage is that everyone nit-picks everyone elses animations but ignore their own.
Also everything that you create builds up your pride. I mean you know how you feel proud of something you worked hard on? You put your soul into it and made it look the way you wanted or to the best of your (current) abilities.
When someone familiar with the terms and "rules of animation" and just made something to the best of their abilities get a rough or harsh nit-picking critique, and especially from someone who's just learning how to animate themselves, will start fighting eachother.
If you start learning stick animation on this stick I advise you to take your time on every animation you make, try to see if it looks good to yourself, look it over a few times for things out of place and go back to fix things even if you have to start over. The hardest thing I have to say is when receiving critique try to remove yourself from any pride or emotional attachment to your creation.
If I recognize bad critique I ignore it and if there's something I don't understand I debate to find logical input on it.
As for sites I recommend; Semi-pro animators community; [link] (these people actually managed to bore me some)
Misc stuff and some documents; [link] (this genius used to work for Disney)
Reference for animators; [link] (handy from time to time)
More on animation; [link] (if you want to know more about the professional world)
Learning how to draw humans; [link] (the first dozen lessons can teach you enough)
thank you so much!!! this helps alot, oh and i did practice stick awhile back even, i did a whole clean run cycle because of a tut i found on yt, but i had done it with a mouse so it took forever to do T_T but i have a tablet now so i can do it ^^ anyways, i thank you so much for this helpful information
The head and body were the only things outside of a mask. I had to keep the entire face in a mask, and then the pupils couldn't be under the same mask so I had to copy and edit the tweens for the eyes and make masks out of those.