- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (Jan. 1 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781560100843
- ISBN-13: 978-1560100843
- ASIN: 1560100842
- Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 880 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cartoon Animation Paperback – Jan 1 1994
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The Collectors Series books offer a selection of popular projects form best-selling titles in the How to Draw and Paint series. The Collectors Series books cover fundamentals and explore the techniques of featured artists. Each title provides in-depth instruction and numerous illustrations. All are perfect for the coffee table or reference library.
About the Author
Preston Blair (1910–1995) was a native Californian who studied art at the Otis Art Institute, as well as illustration under Pruett Carter at Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). As a member of the California Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society in New York, he exhibited work all over the country. Preston was a fine artist during the early days of full-length feature animation. For the Disney production Fantasia, he designed and animated the hippos in "The Dance of the Hours." He also animated Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, portions of the classic film Pinocchio, and the famous scene in Bambi when the owl talks about love in his "twitterpated" speech. At MGM, Preston directed Barney Bear short films, and he was well known as the designer and animator of one of Tex Avery's epic shorts Red Hot Riding Hood. Preston later moved to Connecticut, where he produced television commercials, educational films, and cartoons, including TheFlintstones. Before he passed away, he worked as an inventor of interactive TV programs, such as teaching reading through animation and virtual reality games featuring full-sized animated opponents.
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Covers a great overview of basic animation techniques.
It is one of the better how-to draw books. other draw books show HOW this disects characters and fearures that make: Goofy, Cute, Bully, etc. characters.
Other concepts are timing, squash and stretch, spacing, staging (drawing so the eye can make out what is shown easier by not overlapping elements). A concept I carry in all professional design.
Even though this book is about 2D traditional animation, the concepts carry over to 3D.
For those starting out learning or interested in animation and how it is done, I recommend this book as a great starting point.
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