Book: Character Animation: 2D Skills for Better 3D, Second Edition
Publisher: Focal Press
Finally! A forthright approach to a complex art form. An inspired text that fuses an essential understanding of fundamental traditional methods and technology. Rita Osei, Animation & Graphics Producer, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami It was surely a matter of time before a publication like this emerged. An understanding of basic animation principles is often overlooked in 3D computer animation. This book will do much to put that right; an essential source of knowledge will enable 2D and 3D animators to understand each other?s purpose. Oscar winning animator, Daniel Greaves Director of Tandem Films A fantastic, comprehensive, but above all practical guide to character animation. The well-pitched progressive exercises at the core make it a must have for all serious animation wannabes. Andrew Lindsay, Senior Animator, Lionhead Studios "The comments on the back of Character Animation in 3D by Steve Roberts…are both positive and enthusiastic. They should be and I add my voice to the others…The examples, which are also effectively presented on the accompanying CD, are familiar enough to graphic animators and encourage the CGI animator to think about the stages of the movement as it unfolds." – Imagine magazine Improve your character animation with a mastery of traditional principles and processes including weight and balance, timing, walks, birds, fish, snakes, four legged animals, acting and lip-synch. Traditional animation skills and techniques are presented in both 2D and 3D space. The companion CD features demonstration animations and exercises conducted in each of the major animation packages including 3ds Max, LightWave, Maya, and XSI Softimage.* Readers will achieve improved 3D animation with a practical understanding of foundational animation skills * Theory is balanced with practical exercises in drawn and 3D animation.* Companion CD-ROM includes short demonstration movies, 3D exercises, and 20 rigged models for practice. About the Authorhas animated and directed movies for over 50 clients in his 25+ year career. Clients include the BBC, Channel 4, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, BT and Electrolux. His movie Electrolux Home products Why? has won two IVCA awards and a New York Film and Television award. Steve has taught animation for 12 years among some of the UKs leading Universities. He is currently Senior lecturer in Character Animation at Central St Martins College of Art and Design.