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Animation: The Mechanics of Motion Paperback – August 18, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0240516660 ISBN-10: 0240516664 Edition: Pap/Cdr

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/Cdr edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240516664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516660
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Covering everything from familiar walk cycle techniques to character design, animal motion to sound synchronisation, each section is succinct and easy to follow...A well-researched guide that should be of use to animators of all skills and abilities." - 3D World

"The book is written in a very easy and understandable way and never gets too technical." - Animatoon

"He makes a complicated subject understandable and he makes it sound fun to do. Webster's book will give you an understanding of how the various parts of animation are done and the book is put together in a way that smoothly leads you from simple to complex."
- Libby Reed, review from Animation World Magazine

"In a section that is extremely useful and all too rare, the book gives you a list of the things you will need before you begin." - Libby Reed, review from Aninmation World Magazine

"Animation: the Mechanic of Motion is an impressive textbook that should be a big help to animation students." - Libby Reed, review from Aninmation World Magazine

"Animation: the Mechanics of Motion is a long-awaited comprehensive introduction to the key skills every animator needs..." - Animated News, Oct. 2, 2006

Book Description

Complete coverage of vital animation techniques, whatever area you work in!

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Webster's book covers it from the side and front.
Albert B. Crochet
It is a book devoted to people with good drawing skills who want to learn 2D animation, in the "old" style, that is, by drawing with pencil.
Amazon Customer
Great for beginners and advanced because Webster focuses on motion and how it works when drawing animation.
B. Najberg

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grant Beaudette VINE VOICE on June 2, 2007
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Ideally "Mechanics of Motion" would be a successor to Animator's Survival Kit, building on basic animation principles while going in-depth and breaking down different forms of movement. And while this book covers a lot of ground, it could've gone a lot farther.

The animation process has been broken down into so many steps over the years it'd take tons of pages to cover them all. "Mechanics of Motion" feels compelled to mention things like storyboard, layout, character design etc... when it should just focus its pages on movement and leave the other aspects to books like Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts that are dedicated to the subject.

Another good but could be better area is the animal motion chapter. This book covers the subject far better than most, (Even Animator's Survival Kit barely covers such a complex subject) but it only focuses on horses and birds. This is where the pages on layouts and bar sheets should've been used.

The best part of this book is the first part of the "technical" chapter at the end. It covers exposure sheets (aka X-sheets or dope sheets) and things like holds and staggers, types of animation movement that are more about timing than the drawings. It's mastering movement through both timing & drawing that makes for the best animation.

All in all, there's plenty to learn from "Mechanics of Motion" but it still could have done more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Albert B. Crochet on May 23, 2006
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Over the years I have read and browsed many books on animation. Not only does this book cover the basics it explains them. The figures are easy to follow and convey complex concepts well. A lot of other animation books will cover a basic walk cycle from just the side view. Webster's book covers it from the side and front. I have had this book for a year and it has not made it to my bookshelf yet. I use it constantly for reference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 6, 2006
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This is a good book for drawers. It is a book devoted to people with good drawing skills who want to learn 2D animation, in the "old" style, that is, by drawing with pencil. The book is focused on hand drawing, not directed to computer animation with 2D or 3D tools, although its teaching is applicable for any process.

"Animation" is clearly writen by an animator to beginers animators. The book is a well organized mini course on animation. The final art is superb, the sketches are very good. The author is also a good teacher. Most of the Principles of Animation are covered, and it has the right tutorials on momentum, acceleration, walking and run cycles. It has a chapter with great directions on production, work organization, scheduling, budgeting, which are aspects sometimes neglected but of importance for a successful work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Najberg on March 8, 2007
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Great for beginners and advanced because Webster focuses on motion and how it works when drawing animation. His sketches are clear and easy to try to draw, as a beginner.

Webster's focus on the physics of motion and how it works when drawing is a good prelude to the latter chapters in which he shows the painstaking process of creating an animated film. If a novice begins at the beginning, rather than jumping into digital animation, the foundation will be very strong.

The many examples of "squash and stretch" in people, objects, and animals, help understand that the principles apply in so many situations. The disc accompanying the book is helpful as well.

A criticism of Focal Press, the publisher: the paper is so heavy and slippery that it is awkward to use. I want to open a double-page spread while I am learning to draw. The pages don't allow me to do this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 27, 2005
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A well presented and accessible review of the basic principles of animation and its organization. By encouraging the readers to ask themselves questions about the various proposed tasks the author helps to move them towards self-reliance.
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