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Tradigital Maya

A CG Animator's Guide to Applying the Classical Principles of Animation

By Lee Montgomery

© 2012 – Focal Press

540 pages | 450 Color Illus.

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Explore Disney's 12 principles of animation, while learning how to animate in Maya. You can develop your own leading digital techniques rooted to traditional workflows. From squash and stretch to timing and appeal, you will enhance your creative toolset with strong classics training and cutting edge techniques. Trusted Maya Authority, Lee Montgomery offers the only artistic guide to applying the principles of traditional animation with Maya's tools, which are used in production by the best animators and VFX artists today. Add another webpage to your favourites and expand your digital workflow to include the practical resources of the Tradigital Maya with the robust companion web site that include demonstrations, project files, links to further resources, available at

Table of Contents

Tradigital Maya

Introduction - Traditional to Digital

Chapter 1 - Arcs - organic movement / natural motion

Chapter 2 - Anticipation - building the action

Chapter 3 - Animation Editing - Timing

Chapter 4 - Animation Editing - Ease in & Ease Out

Chapter 5 - Staging - framing the action and setting the mood

Chapter 6 - Follow Through and Overlapping Action

Chapter 7 - Secondary Action - Enhancing the shot

Chapter 8 - Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose

Chapter 9- Solid Drawing & Design - Form meets function

Chapter 10.1- Appeal- Design for Production

Chapter 10.2- Appeal- Character performance

Chapter 11- Squash and Stretch

Chapter 12- Exaggeration

Chapter 13- Conclusion

About the Author

Lee has worked professionally within the 3D Animation and VFX industry for over 9 years. Prior to joining Autodesk he worked as a Senior Animator and Artist on a number of high-profile AAA video game titles for well known studios. Notable titles he's contributed to the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt Video Game series for Rockstar North. His background in production also includes experience in setting up mo-cap pipelines for game cinematics from shoot to edit and in-game implementation utilizing Vicon/MotionBuilder/3ds Max/Maya.

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ART / Digital