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Rowland B. Wilson’s Trade Secrets

Notes on Cartooning and Animation, 1st Edition

By Rowland B. Wilson, Suzanne Lemieux Wilson


311 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Animation doesn't come with instructions; Rowland B. Wilson demanded guidelines. Trade Secrets offers a never before published peek into the personal journals of Rowland B. Wilson (1930-2005), a legend in the world of Cartooning, Advertising, Illustration and Animation. Trade Secrets is a compendium of tips, tricks, philosophies and techniques garnered over a lifetime of professional animation and artistry. Study one-on-one with a mentor whose Walt Disney film credits include The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Atlantis and Treasure Planet. These writings represent the quintessential refresher for fine artists and animation professionals, and are vital tutorials for students who are now poised to be part of another new generation in the art form. Have a seat and let an amiable, respected mentor reveal his keys to success. Develop your professional creative toolset with a focus on foundational animation techniques. Inspiration in your pocket; Trade Secrets includes a digital pocket guide, filled with charts and diagrams as well as helpful tools and tips.

Table of Contents


Introduction-The Flow Charts

Chapter 1-The Act

Chapter 2-The Scene

Chapter 3-Caricature

Chapter 4-Composition

Chapter 5-Shape, Line and Tone

Chapter 6-Color

Chapter 7-Rendition

Chapter 8-The Process

Chapter 9-Studio Posters and Charts

Chapter 10-Miscellaneous Notes

Chapter 11-Gallery

About the Authors

Edited by Suzanne Lemieux-Wilson Suzanne is an acclaimed artist in her own right. Suzanne is a Master Pastellist and has been nominated to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Concept Artist for Animation. Suzanne worked alongside Rowland for many years. She worked for Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation and Don Bluth Studios. In addition to her animation background, Suzanne is an award-winning gallery artist with paintings in many private and public collections. Outside the studio, Suzanne is a Digital Painting Instructor at Grossmont College.
By Roland Wilson(Deceased), Rowland B. Wilson was an acclaimed Cartoonist, Art Director, Illustrator, TV Commercial Designer, Animator, Visual Development Artist and Animated Feature Film Production Designer for Walt Disney, Richard Willams Animation, having worked on The Little Mermaid, Hercules, Atlantis, Schoolhouse Rock. He was known for his distinctive cartoons and illustrations in The New Yorker, TV Guide, Playboy Magazine, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post and others. Many professional artists today attribute Rowland's inspiration and mentorship as a factor in their success.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Digital
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Video & Animation

Pocket Guide

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