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Product Details

  • Series: Collector's Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing; 1 edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560100842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560100843
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Collector’s 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.

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Preston Blair was a native Californian from Redlands. He attended Pomona College, then studied art at the Otis Art Institute and illustration under Pruett Carter at Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). He exhibited widely as a member of the California Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society in New York.

Blair was one of the fine artists of animation. With the Disney Studio, he designed and animated the hippos in "The Dance of the Hours" and animated Mickey Mouse in the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" (both in Fantasia), parts of Pinocchio, and the segment in Bambi when the owl tell about love in the "tiwitterpatted" speech.

At MGM, Blair directed Barney Bear shorts, and is well known as the animator and designer of Red Hot Riding Hood in the Tex Avery epic shorts. Later, Blair moved to Connecticut and produced television commercials, educational films, and half-hour cartoon episodes (including the Flinstones) for West Coast producers. More recently, he was an inventor of interactive TV systems using animation methods to teach reading or to provide full-figure game action that simulates reality--for example, playing tennis with an animated opponent.

Blair died in April 1995 at the age of 85.

Customer Reviews

Preston Blair, The original animator of Mickey Mouse!
Movie Matrix
Teaches you basic modeling of characters and some techniques on walks and movement.
"ghross"
A great book to help you get started on learning and understanding animation.
K. Vuong

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've been in or near the cartoon business for 50 years and Preston Blair's "Cartoon Animation" played a big role in my education. In fact, most of the professional cartoonists I've known or worked with had a copy of this book in their desks-- I just bought another copy (that makes about 30 in my lifetime-- I used it as a text book in cartoon workshops at the Univ, of Wash. and Ohio State Univ.)
When studied as a text, this book teaches us how to bring characters to life, whether you are in the animation field or drawing for print media. The pages on "follow-through" and "stretch'n'squash" are the most important lessons a young cartoonist can learn--
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "magicpencil" on September 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the book to own if you want to become an animator! It is extremely helpful in teaching basic cartoon character construction techniques and features lots of information on creating animation.
This book is in most professional libraries and is extremely handy as a reference tool. I recommend it to all aspiring animators and cartoonists and I require it for my classes at The Center For Character Animation in New York. It's Highly Endorsed by this Emmy Award Winning Cartoon Animator!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jon Kemerer on June 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book (along with Jack Hamm's figure drawing book) is the only book I constantly re-read and practice. Preston's one heck of an animator and with a little patience and practice you can pull of some great stuff with what you'll find in "Cartoon Animation".
Topics include: Developing Characters, Line of action (Invaluable!), dialouge, timing, and of course the core of this book, animating! There are a few dozen topics covered, these are mere highlights.
This book is very inspiring, and Preston is also very encouraging. Take his advice written in this book to consideration, Preston won't let you down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first found this book several years ago after reading the excellent Disney Animation- The Illusion of Life (Now called The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation) by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson. This book covers several topics that the Disney book doesn't, such as lip-syncing. An animation teacher at DeAnza College in Cupertino has made this book a requirement, and I understand why. Don't think of this book as the only instruction you will need to become an animator, but buy a copy of it so you can have helpful reminders about important animation techniques without having to flip through hundreds of pages. This book is an excellent companion to the Disney book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pedcorace on January 11, 2007
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Along with THE ANIMATION SURVIVAL KIT and the OZAMU TEZUCA collection ( that are the #1 for really learn animation on the step by step and really detailed explanation and views), this one is the last complement remaining to complete the collection that I already had finished. YOU HAVE TO GET THIS ONE and go and get the ones I mentioned, just after that you will have the complete tutoring, teaching, and best of the best animation books ever NO MORE BOOKS ARE NEEDED after complete this collection I told you!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gerard on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Every professional animator I've ever talked to has demanded that I learn from this book! John K of Ren and Stimpy fame gives people that ask for advice on how to become animators a detailed instruction sheet on how he feels they should use this book to train themselves at drawing cartoons. I learned a great deal about really drawing 3 dimensional things by using this book as well. Sure the designs are of an older flavor but the information is timeless!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Vuong on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my first traditional animation class and have found it to be very useful! Blair explains and shows how to draw actions of both humans and animals in all different types of cycles (walk, run, sneak... etc cycle). A great book to help you get started on learning and understanding animation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was expecting a GREAT book on animation, but it seems a little over-rated to me. I love old cartoons and am enthralled with the golden era, but this book doesn't live up to the 5 star rating for me. I understand it to be historical for an animation book and something that every animator should have for reference. I just don't know if this is the be all end all references for animating. I'm sure it was great for it's time. It is so fun and cute to look at now, but I have learned much more from Richard William's "The Animator's Survival Kit". I won't give up this book, I do love it. I just think it's over rated.
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