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5 books for mastering animation

The Animator's Survival Kit

1- "The Animator's Survival Kit" by Richard Williams 

This book is blueprint for learning animation. Written by animator Richard Williams, this book teaches basic to mastering techniques of animation. Recently book is transformed into dvd series Animated is about how things move, and specific work methods used to make characters live, breathe, think and give a sustained commanding performance. Williams demonstrates his points with drawing, performance and over 400 specially animated examples - many from his best-selling book. Animated is DVD Series and also available for ipad version book http://www.theanimatorssurvivalkit.com/index.html 

 

Timing for Animation

2- "Timing for Animation" by Harold Whitaker and John Halas Updated by Tom Sito

A classic of animation education since it first published in 1981. For more than 25 years, copies of Timing for Animation have been sitting dog-eared and spine-split on desks and workstations around the world wherever animation is produced. All you need to breathe life into your animation is at your fingertips. All the vital techniques employed by animators worldwide are explained using dozens of clear illustrations and simple, straightforward directions. Learn how animations should be arranged in relation to each other, how much space should be used and how long each drawing should be shown for maximum dramatic effect. Fully revised and updated, the second edition includes timing for digital production, digital storyboarding in 2D, digital storyboarding in 3D, the use of After Effects and much, much more! 

 

Illusion of Life 

3- " The Illusion of Life " by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson

This book is considered to be the animation Bible. The Illusion of Life takes the reader through the creation of the art form. The Illusion of Life gives us lessons learned from the early films. This book provides the theory behind every principle of animation. The Illusion of Life is probably one of the pretties books you will ever come across. The beautiful images are worth the price of admission. Plus reading about the lessons learned from Disney’s nine old men is priceless.

Cartoon Animation
4- Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair

Preston Blair’s Cartoon Animation focuses on five key areas, character movement, character development, animation, dialogue, and camera sound. Preston Blair is responsible for Mickey in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Preston Blair does an amazing job at explaining topic’s like “The Wave Principle”, “Arcs and Curves”, and Lip-Sync. His section on facial animation proves to be super useful time and time again. I recommend this book to everyone. Especially those interested in lip-sync.

 

Crash Course
5- Character Animation Crash Course! by Eric Goldberg

Eric Goldberg is a living legend. Eric Goldberg is the animator behind Disney’s Genie in Aladdin. Goldberg’s book is great but it assumes you already know the basics of animation. Rather than being technical like The Animator’s Survival Kit, Goldberg’s explains how to make stylistic choices. His drawing and examples show you how to provide fluidity to your animations. This book lays out the principles of animation in a very interesting way. Character Animation Crash Course! goes over weight, mass, and volume in simple animation tests that are easy to understand.

 

Article compiled by:

Smita Pandey
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