The Animators Survival Kit is the first book i ever got as an animator.
It is probably one of the most comprehensive books on character animation. It is a manual of methods, Principles, and Formulas on animations. It doesn’t matter if you are a classical, computer, games, Stop Motion, or Internet Animator, you’ll need this book. Written by Richard Willims, known for Who framed Roger Rabbit, the book has become incredibly popular in the animation industry and is commonly used by animation students worldwide.
Richard Williams was largely responsible for the revival of the art of animation in the early 1970s. Williams had Disney animator Art Babbitt and Warner great Ken Harris working in his studio in London and training a new generation of animators in the techniques of good character animation, which was not taught at the time in any school or considered an art form.
During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney’s golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story. Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator–from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz –needs. Urging his readers to “invent but be believable,” he illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.
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