YouTube currently rewards channels who upload frequently. It stinks for channels that need to take a lot of time to make content. I'd guess a good thing to do would be to write an "I'm alive!" note of sorts in the community tab to test the waters, then upload the video, but then try to think of ways to make content faster. Perhaps you could make shorter animation videos? :/ (That's usually not what creators want to hear, though...) But the content doesn't have to be videos anymore -- you can also take advantage of the community tab. ^_^ I've seen some animators post gifs and little sneak peeks of stuff they are working on in their community tab.