Monday, November 15, 2010

Essential Reading List for Animation

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My dream has always been to tell stories through animation. As an artist and animator, I've been mostly self-taught. The following are a list of books that I've found particularly helpful to me over the years. Hopefully they will be helpful to you too!

Highly Recommended:

by Robert McKee.
Link: Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting
Of all the literature on story writing, this is the absolute best. Of all the books I recommend, this one I recommend the most. It tells you what goes into writing a great story. And it can't be read just once. I've read it at least three times and each time I feel I have a deeper understanding of story. a MUST-READ!

Drawing the Head and Figure
by Jack Hamm
Link: Drawing the Head and Figure (Perigee)
This is a great book for learning human anatomy better. The drawings are fantastic. I went through cover to cover and copied all (well most) of the examples from the book. This book focus on the overall shapes and outline of the human figure, more than the specific muscles.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stripes - Animatic for Scene 1

The animatic for the first scene is done! Check it out and let me know what you think! To learn more about the Stripes project, head over to the Stripes site.

You can also see it on YoutTube: link

or DeviantArt: link

Stripes - scene 1 sketches

Here are some sketches I did while working on the animatic for scene 1 of the Stripes story. This is a very biased sample. I did many times this many drawings, and most of them were pretty bad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Sketch work for Scene 1 animatic"]sketch work for Scene 1 animatic[/caption]

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Figure Drawing from Life and Photos

The following are a mix of drawings from life and from photos. Before going to the figure drawing session, I warmed up by doing 1 minute sketches from the "Artistic Nude" section of Deviantart. I used a timer even! I think it was helpful for staying loose during the figure drawing class.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Figure Drawings"]figure drawings[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Figure Drawings"]figure drawings[/caption]