1st Edition

The Animator’s Sketchbook
How to See, Interpret & Draw Like a Master Animator

ISBN 9781498774017
Published August 10, 2016 by CRC Press
328 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations

USD $56.95

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Book Description

The Animator’s Sketchbook will teach students of animation how to improve their work through observation and drawing. It will show readers how to access their inner "animator." With over 60 different gesture and drawing exercises, this book enhances vision, analysis, understanding, and the core skills required to become a master animator. Filled with extensive practice pages, Tony White’s Sketchbook, invites students to demonstrate what they learn. Each exercise is timed, so that the skills acquired, are optimized for efficiency and comprehension. The style and technique of the art produced will be entirely up to the reader, thus making no two sketchbooks alike.


Key Features

  • Provides readers with their own personal sketchbook, demonstrating classical art skills that are highly prized by studio employers
  • Readers will come away better visualizing form, gesture, pose and expression Includes 60 speed and gesture drawing exercises
  • Provides the perfect way for students of animation to improve their core skills
  • Perfect for animation instructors who can rely on this unique course workbook to take their students to new levels of classic visualizing expertise
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword. Preface. Getting Started. Finalize Your Own Turnaround Model Sheet. Key Positions. Breakdown Positions. Anticipation. The Difference between Thumbnail & Gesture Drawings. Pose & Silhouette. The Importance of Silhouette. Balance. Form. Sequential Action. Achieving Weight. Framing. Perspective. Light & Shade. Strength of Line. Storyboarding. Final Storyboarding Exercise.

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    Tony White is a British Academy Award-winning animation director, animator, author & educator. At the beginning of his career, he studied advanced animation techniques with some of the finest masters of the art-form. Specifically: Ken Harris (original lead animator of "Bugs Bunny," "Roadrunner," etc.), Art Babbit (original lead animator on "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," etc.) and Richard Williams (3 times Oscar winner and author of "The Animator's Survival Kit"). Tony is currently Senior Instructor for the AIE-Seattle/Seattle Schools District 'Skills Center' program and creator of online 2D animation content for AIE in Australia. Tony is passionately committed to seeing a return of innovative, top-draw traditional 2D animated filmmaking in the USA. To help realize this dream, Tony has launched the annual ‘DRAWTASTIC’ Festival of Drawing & animation in Seattle, as well as started work on his unique & personal movie project, ‘CULPEPER’. Tony's best-selling animation books include: "The Animator's Workbook"; "Animation from Pencils to Pixels ~ Classical Techniques for Digital Animators"; "How To Make Animated Films", "Jumping Through Hoops: The Animation Job Coach" and "The Animator's Notebook".