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The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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" an exquisitely designed art book...The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design is a truly essential book that belongs in every animator's and animation fan's library."
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"one of the best animation books of the year...a fantastic look at the master artist's inspiring work process, providing a rich collection of artwork, notes, lovely anecdotes and valuable lessons about creating timeless toons."
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"The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design ranks among the most unique and delightful animation books in recent memory. It goes without saying that the book's well-balanced mix of technical tips and anecdotal advice makes it a must-buy title for professional artists and students, but it should also appeal to fans of classic of animation who will surely gain a renewed appreciation for the Chuck Jones canon."
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"'I've used the term "must-have" before - but I compel every one of you reading this site and this review to order this book immediately. You will not regret it."
About the Author
Tod Polson first studied design at Otis/Parsons, and animation at CalArts before apprenticing under pioneering animation designer Maurice Noble. Since then, he has worked extensively as a filmmaker, designer, and teacher. He lives in Wyoming.
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As a kid, I would watch the Warner Bros cartoons and never think about things like art and design. They are good which is why people watch them.
Well, in this book, you'll go behind the scenes and look at the person who has a hand at creating some of these animated productions, and understand his design philosophies.
Author Tod Polson who has apprenticed under Noble has done a good job with the biography detailing the designer's life and career right from the start. It's an inspiring tale of someone who has gone through a tumultuous period, with the need to support his family while still young, going through various career changes, having the ups and downs with co-workers, while still maintaining the passion to put out good design for animation and screen.
The biography is about a third of the book. The rest are his philosophies on design. It's on how he handles story beats, story elements, using reference, contrast, simplifying elements, colour theory, perspective, layout, and more. The text and the illustrated examples are insightful. It's a collection of design principles he has learned and compiled over the 60 years he spent in the industry.
It's a good book for those into animation and design, or into traditional animation design.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I now have a wonderful companion book to Frank & Ollie's "The Illusion of Life" as a valuable learning guide to study the masters of animation.
Also, I recommend taking the dust jacket off to look at the two layout drawings on the front and back cover. They aren't reprinted inside the book and they are fantastic drawings.
to be honest, I don't really care about the career of Maurice Noble. I mean yea, a little bit is interesting, but MOST of the book is biographical. I'm mostly interested in learning from his amazing art. That said... this book is *very* well put together, and it looks BEAUTIFUL. There is definitely a lot to learn from this book, from an artists perspective. I really did love it, and I highly recommend!