- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240817249
- ISBN-13: 978-0240817248
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 11 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Animator's Eye: Adding Life to Animation with Timing, Layout, Design, Color and Sound 1st Edition
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About the Author
Francis Glebas worked as a story artist for Disney Feature Animation on Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dinosaur, Treasure Planet and Hercules. He also directed Pomp and Circumstance starring Donald Duck in Fantasia 2000 and Piglet's BIG Movie. Francis is also an award-winning independent live action movie maker with almost 40 years' experience. He currently teaches storyboarding at Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Francis also works as a creative consultant, having worked with the Irish Government, Korean Government, General Motors, Los Alamos Labs, Walt Disney Imagineering and other film studios.
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Top Customer Reviews
Want to know what an animatic is? It's in the book. Want to see how to execute emotion in your drawings? It's in the book. From creating thumbnails to storyboards, character design to putting it all together in production, it's all in the book.
PLUS, a dvd is included. On the dvd is the finished ANIMATOR'S EYE animated short. Also included is the animatic of the short. The really neat thing is you can watch the special movie that includes the finished short and animatic combined, so you can see how the finished movie evolved form rough drawings to completed work.
This book contains a wealth of information, along with some fun stuff, too. The margins of the right hand pages are flip books of the some animated scenes. Very clever!
I heartily recommend this book, and look forward to reading it again and again to help me with my profession as an animator and cartoonist.
I'm coming from a background of drawing illustration skills that transitioned to graphic arts on a computer. I also have interests in photography and video. Not being wholly advanced in the animation world, I can only guess what level of experience would find interest in this book. Yet, given the range of information from drawing, to movement, to gestures, to color, to storytelling, to sound, to lip sync, to organization, to structure, to production, just to mention some of what Glebas covers, I think even the very advanced animator would find something to improve upon. For the beginner this should be a must. This book takes me back to some my earliest drawing classes and reinforces some of their very best principles in a more compelling and informative way, like the use of balance and weight to give life to mere lines. The author shows you how to create three dimensional characters with the illusion of life-like movement so as to avoid what he refers to as "zombies".
I like the way he builds from simple basics to get a character and story across. I love the emotional wheel. Art classes have gotten me used to the color wheel (which the author also takes great advantage of in the book) but I never thought to use a wheel for emotions, expressions, and gestures. Simple is better. I really like his use of post-it notes to produce a very simple but moving and easily edited story board. That makes so much organizational and productive sense. Like the author, I have always thought that tracing was a very valid method for learning the way others draw (which was sometimes frowned upon). He touches on helpful software to match your character with the appropriate color, sound, and environment that givs life and emotion to enhance and drive the animators vision. Glebas gives lots of helpful ideas to make animation work better and the process work more easily.
The accompanying DVD shows the finished animation along with the earlier working versions to give you some idea of what to look for and how to progress. One of my favorite things on the DVD is where the author makes a video of himself to show exaggerated emotions and lip movement to use for references for drawing believable character expressions and speech.
The Animator's Eye covers a lot of material, all with practical means to get professional results that will capture your audience's attention and sweep them off into a truly "believable" fantasy world just like Disney does.