i studied animation for 2 years. it's pretty sweet that you're giving it a go with your own initiative! animation is really rewarding. you should read up on favoring frames, it's a very good trick for making your animations more lively. basically favoring is to not have the middle frame dead center. "favour" either the first or the last frame (depending on the movement) to simulate acceleration. Does that make sense? if you want me to try and explain it better, send me a message and i'll go into it further when i get back from work. Keep it up!