One of the best sources around for animation industry news, reviews and tips.
If you’re an animator, you should be a member of ASIFA, and if you’re on the east coast, ASIFA-East is for you. On the west coast, ASIFA-Hollywood runs an absolutely priceless library, museum and archive of animation.
I know one of the mentors on this site, and if the rest are as good as him, then sign up now–you’ll learn a ton.
The Animator’s Survival Kit
Richard Williams is one of the best, and his book The Animator’s Survival Kit is a must have for anyone interested in being an animator. And who knows, after you’ve done a few high-paying jobs, you may want to step up to the DVD set!
Besides The Illusion of Life, and Williams’ book, Muybridge’s photos are my go-to reference while animating.
11 Second Club Mentor Critiques
I learn something every time I watch one of these critiques, (sometimes about how to give good feedback!). Also check out www.11secondclub.com–the weekly contests are a great way to stretch and sharpen your animation skills under a tight deadline.
I don’t always agree with the Cartoon Brew editors’ point of view, but there’s always an interesting post or conversation to be found here.