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Character Animation Crash Course! Paperback – July 15, 2008
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This book IS the first and best book to lay out the principles of character movement; antics, overshoots, settles, squash and stretch, break downs, in-betweeing, timing, spacing and all the other basics needed for any classical or CG animator.
I highly recommend this book to all students, teachers and even veterans, because not only does it cover all the fundamentals but it goes beyond into more advanced concepts that ALL types of animators must know and practice, whether it be 3D, traditional paper, or stopmotion animation, this book is definitely worth it.
For many years, Richard Williams' The Animator's Survival Kit has been the gold standard of animation books, and rightfully so. Lucky for us, fellow animation guru Eric Goldberg's "Character Animation Crash Course" isn't just overlap from Williams' work and teaches us different aspects of animation that other books haven't covered.
Goldberg covers aspects of animation far less academically than Williams and rather focuses on things from a character standpoint, how you could apply a technique to a specific character. He also list several classic cartoons (most if not all of which are on DVD) for examples of each particular technique.
He also covers how control the overall shape volume of what's moving, even for flat, graphic characters, and goes in depth on animation "gimmicks" like smear drawings, zip lines, staggers etc... that are often mentioned, but never properly explained.
Probably the most informative part of the book for me was the section on character construction, covering many of the ins and outs of designing an animatable character that I haven't seen in other books.
"Character Animation Crash Course" also has the one big thing "Animator's Survival Kit" doesn't: A CD-ROM of the animations shown that you can watch and frame through to better understand the lessons in the book.Read more ›
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Once you have the basics of animation down which can be found in the Animation Survival Guide, this book helps carry you through the performance side of character animation. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sketchbig
Great book for learning basic animation. We purchased it for my son and he's quite happy with it.Published 20 days ago by C. Gorman
This book is huge. It covered every aspect of animation. Start from the beginning. It is the same stuff I am learning at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh online division.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
excellent book, comes with a DVD where you can see the examples mentioned in the book. Goldberg is great explaining and telling anecdotes about his carrer.Published 9 months ago by Lucas