The Animator's Workbook: Step-By-Step Techniques of Drawn Animation

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The Animator's Workbook: Step-By-Step Techniques of Drawn Animation [Paperback]

Tony White
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Book Description

September 1, 1988
The Animator's Workbook offers a complete course on the principles and techniques of drawn animation. Stressing that animation is a subtle and exacting art form which breathes life into inanimate drawings, Tony White, an award-winning animator, covers every aspect of the process. He provides technical information and explains in easy-to-follow text and step-by-step illustrations, how to capture movement, expression, and emotion. He shows you how to convncingly animate birds and animals and explores special effects - wind, water, fire, and solid objects - that can add realism, drama, and atmosphere to animation.

This book takes the mystery out of the animation process and provides sound, reliable guidance and information. Topics include:

The Process of Animation
The Animator's Toolkit
Head Turns
Realistic Touches
Technical Information
Exaggerated Action
The Animal Kingdom
Animated Effects

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Like so many of the crafts, animation has suffered from the introduction of new technology. In this case computer-generated images have done much to displace the art of animation. It is White's intention to provide a foundation for apprenticeship training in order to preserve the animator's craft. His book is primarily a multilevel workbook. The only assumption is that the reader will be a cartoonist with an interest in animation. White lets the reader in on all pertinent aspects of animation from inbetweening to matching dialogue with the drawn pictures. At the end of each chapter there is an assignment for the practitioner. A valuable reference tool for most libraries and essential for art libraries. Mike Donovan, Cornell Univ.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tony White, one of Britain's foremost animators, was head of design and background on the animated television series Jackson Five, and won first prize at the Chicago Film Festival, with his first short film, Quartet. He assisted Richard Williams, the internationally acclaimed film director, on A Christmas Carol, which won an Academy Award for animation. White lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Later Printing edition (September 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823002292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823002290
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Four March 9, 1998
If you are an aspiring animator you have probably squeezed all you can out of Preston Blair. If "Illusion of Life" is too expensive or too heavy for you to lift, this is the book for you. One thing all three of these animation books have in common is they include pretty much everything you need to know about the fundamentals of animation. While all three books are excellent Tony White's may be the best balance of content and being a beautiful book to look at. The content contains the principals and industry insight you need to succeed in making a quality piece of animation. The book is fun to read and fun look at. The animation illustrations are very charming colorful and entertaining and reminds you of the reasons you became interested in animation in the first place. The flip animation in the corners of the pages are full color and really fun especially nice since the paper is the right thickness to give a good flip without the usual skip. This is one of the top books for you animator wannabees. If you can get your hands on the out of print Cawley/Korkis book "How to Create Animation" by Pioneer Press, and have these three others you will have every animation book for the aspiring animator you will ever need or likely want.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best for Beginners - and Beyond July 27, 2000
Agreeing with all the great things previously said about this book, I can only add that "The Animator's Workbook" is the best book suited for artists just starting out in animation. It is thorough, practical and motivating, without being intimidating. If you know anybody - young or old - who wants to get into animation but does not know where to start, studying "The Animator's Workbook" is a great beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for computer animators too April 26, 2001
I first stumbled upon this book when I was learning to do character animation with a 3D computer program. I found that I could learn the principles easily by doing the exercises in the book with my 3D software. Now I teach character animation, and I use Tony's section on the walk cycle to teach students how to do it in 3D. The book is clear and easy to understand, there are lots and lots of illustrations, and the price is great. If you want to learn character animation in 3D and you know little or nothing about it, this is THE book to get. It contains all the principles you'll find in higher-priced books on digital character animation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for the animator October 18, 1998
This book is one of the best all round books used to learn animation techniques; a perfect text for teachers. Animation techniques are illuminated from squash and stretch, to stop action puppet, to cell painting. Included is a great reference section for finding unique materials and building your own animation stand. This is more than a simple how to do manual. It is a companion to any future artist animator for it opens the reader to the sophisticated path of animation as tool articulate movements rather than simply as a squash and stretch manipulator of cartoon characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but there are much better options April 10, 2005
I bought this book a while ago, but recently got my hands on Richard Williams' "The Animator's Survival Kit" and it is astonishingly stronger in every way. I just bought that one tonight actually. Skip this one and go straight to Williams' book, it is strong for beginners, and even stronger for people like myself who need something more detailed and insightful than "The Animator's Workbook." I didn't know there was more that I could learn about the basics and subtleties for a great foundation until I read "Survival Kit." Please learn from my mistake and do yourself a favor by buying that one. You'll be way ahead of the curve.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the beginning animator! June 7, 2005
By G.G.
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I just ordered this book. Many flash animators have recommended "The Animator's Workbook", "Cartoon Animation", "Cartooning: Animation 1 with Preston Blair (HT26)" or "The Animator's Survival Kit" in order to create flash cartoons.
I also have "Cartooning: Animation 1 with Preston Blair (HT26)". I have browsed through Richard Williams' "The Animator's Survival Kit" and that seemed too much for me to handle. I'm not an animator by trade but a wannabe. I look forward to improving my animation skills with this book! I also got this book for an excellent price!

6/14/05 - I just received my book. I will be using flash to create web based cartoons! This book is very appealing to me and doesn't intimidate me. I need a book like this because I'm not an animator by trade. You must pick this book, "Cartooning: Animation 1 with Preston Blair (HT26)" or "Cartoon Animation" if you are a beginner. All three books are excellent choices if you want to create flash cartoons! I prefer "Cartooning: Animation 1 with Preston Blair (HT26)" more than the other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The author's opinion. December 18, 1997
When I first wrote this book I never believed it would generate the interest has. It was originally conceived as a low budget paperback edition for students. However, the publisher's vision was infinitely greater than mine.....and I am extremely grateful to Watson Guptil for that. I am glad too that so many professional animators (some eventually working at my studio, Animus, in London) started with this book. It is especially rewarding when one's work touches so many people. I therefore thank all those who bought it....and especially those who worked with it. It shows the great art of drawn animation is not dead and buried just yet! Thank you one an all! Tony White.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book
Published 1 month ago by Nancy W. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for kids!
Published 1 month ago by Clint
2.0 out of 5 stars Animation Drawings
Drawings were not very good. This book shows motion, but the drawings could have been done better. My son is in the animation guild and has draw from cartoons and video games.
Published 19 months ago by Ronald K. Ridley
4.0 out of 5 stars Old, but good
Like the title says. Don't expect fancy 3d stuff, this is old school. But good. You will get the essentials.
Published on February 18, 2013 by Tokolosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Every artist needs this book
This is a must have for an artist's library. The product arrived on time, and in the condition requested. Thank you!
Published on October 2, 2011 by Tyler A. Hawks
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy
I've been happy with this book! It breaks down animation techniques in an understandable way, and I like following along with the exercises. Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by mindysammy
4.0 out of 5 stars Still of value
In the age of Compter Animation the principles covered within Tony White's book is still of immense value in the development cycle.
Published on February 16, 2009 by R. Bartlett
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
I am impressed. I didn't expect this book to be so detailed. My son is just getting interested in animation and I got this for him for xmas, I am sure he will love it! Read more
Published on December 14, 2007 by Fairly Odd Mother
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I was really looking forward to this book. It appeared to be the ideal book designed with assignments to increase knowledge of methods of animation. Read more
Published on June 24, 2007 by K. Busby
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ANIME
Bought for my 19 year old. This book is awesome and really brings out the artist in the person drawing/sketching/using the book. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Timothy's
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