Four Books about Animation

27.06.2014 18:31

The following Focal Press books were written by former Disney animators...

Quick Sketching with Ron Husband

By Ron Husband - credits include Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and more!

Quick Sketching with Ron Husband offers instruction to quick sketching and all its techniques. From observing positive and negative space and learning to recognize simple shapes in complex forms to action analysis and usingline of action, this Disney legend teaches you how to sketch using all these components. Included with the book! At the end of the book, you will find a sketchbook included, so that you can flip from Ron’s techniques and work on perfecting basic shapes. 

Free tutorial -  Drawing Walking Subjects

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Directing for Animation
Everything You Didn't Learn in Art School

By Tony Bancroft - credits include Mulan, Lion King, andEmperor's New Groove

Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to directing a great animated film than beautiful illustrations and cool characters. You need to bring out your inner creative visionary and take your savvy leadership skills to the front lines – being great with a pencil, brush, or stylus is not enough. Tony Bancroft released his inner creative visionary when creating Mulan. In Directing for Animation he shows you exactly how.

Learn from the directors of AladdinThe Little Mermaid,Ice AgeChicken Run, and Kung Fu Panda, and see how they developed stories and created characters that have endured for generations. 

Free tutorial -  Interview with John Musker

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Animated Life
A lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques, and stories from an animation legend


By Floyd Norman - credits include Sleeping Beauty, The Sword and the Stone, and The Jungle Book

Written with wit and verve, Animated Life is a guided tour through an entire lifetime of techniques, practical hands-on advice and insight into an entire industry. This is a vital tutorial in animation's past, present and future for animators who are now poised to be part of another new generation in the art form. Apply artistic magic to your own projects and garner valuable insight and inspiration from a true Disney legend. Animated Life is a classic in the making with completely relevant techniques and tools for the contemporary animation or fine arts professional.

Free tutorial -  The Assistant Animator 

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Character Mentor
Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring your Characters to Life

By Tom Bancroft - credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and more!

You've researched your character extensively, tailored her to your audience, sketched hundreds of versions, and now you lean back content as you gaze at your final character model sheet. But now what? Whether you want to use her in an animated film, television show, video game, web comic, or children's book, you're going to have to make her perform. How a character looks and is costumed starts to tell her story, but her body language reveals even more.Character Mentor shows you how to pose your character, create emotion through facial expressions, and stage your character to create drama. This book is apprenticeship in a book. 

Free tutorial - Using Perspective to Create Depth

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