W. Scott Forbes answered:
While I can’t chime in on being an animator (as I can’t really animate to save my life) - I can try my best to answer the “style development” part of your question.
Alright, so here’s the thing - style is a tricky topic for me because I am still very young and still trying to find my “style”. But the best piece of advice I can give you is to draw from life - draw what you see, interpret what you see and filter. It’s fine to have influences and inspiration around you but when it actually comes down to drawing, close the books and draw from your mind.
Another important thing is to always keep your eyes open. Don’t just look at one artist for everything. Take aspects you like and bring them together. Ie: How one artist draws hair, how another artist colors, how another artist pushes anatomy, etc. Look at photography, film, fine art, and listen to music, it can all influence how you visually illustrate your world.
So yeah, my apologies for the long winded answer, I hope it gives you some clarity to your situation. Just don’t be frustrated if it takes some time to find your style, it will come with time (and continue to evolve). Also, thank you for liking my work. :)
(My influence map from a little while back, named version here.)