As a first time, you will save financially to learn how to 3d animate through an application video training guide. You will learn, it’s the natural path, just pay attention and commit yourself. The only challenge you will have then is to understand the 3D animation operations and master the software. Take advantage of the training guides set in place, very valuable tools to your future animation masterpieces. Before even attempting an animation project, you will have to decide what part of the 3D animation is appealing to you, as the nature and scope of this field is beyond one’s wildest imagination. Start with basic, like 3D modelling software using meshing.
Even if you have only had a slight interest in animation but you cannot place your desire, your desire will explode into a massive flame when you get a 3D modelling software. This will happen by you watching the real-time video step by step training and manual instructions, and then only a matter of time when you get a bite and find something you love specifically about 3D animation and you will run. It is really difficult to explain, it is something you have to live and discover yourself. As for the pro’s out there, they would not be reading this as they know how to 3D animated, but they will be on the lookout for a better more advanced animation application.
The animation is the master teaser of time and patience, they are always looking for a quicker and better way, as time is the most valuable asset an animator has. Nobody is going to wait 20 years for the next animated movie. Well, we will exclude Wallace and Gromit, that is a master animation done by hand with no fancy software. These are the people who design the software.
You need an object to do 3d modelling software and animation, this is not 2D still images. What you do is you make a model object, let say a face and you manipulate the object by using what they call messing, then fill it with colour (this is a software procedure, by hand you will have to make a physical object, in most cases plasticine) once you have the face manipulated you then take picture or vide to produce a sequence of object as video or image files to create then illusion of movement and you then, run it through a time line and play it back, and you have created a 3D modelling software.
It does not stop there you especially if you want your model face to talk, or even smile, how about frown? Now on this point, this is why animators these days use software, and many of them simply are masters of the software with all the fancy features, like lighting, shading, drawing etc. It is really fun when you develop the 3D animating bug.