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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; First edition edition (2 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486202046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486202044
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 20.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2003
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If you are an animator and have not seen this book, then how have you survived this long ?! How many times have you sat there and pondered for a very long time over 'where exactly that leg should go in the third frame' ? I know I used to do it a lot. Characters appeared to limp, or slide across the screen (I animate for computers) and whatever I did seemed to make it worse.
This book solves the problem. Each page contains all the steps in the sequence for walking, running, climbing steps, etc etc. Your characters will suddenly start to move in a believeable fashion, leaving you to worry about the direction of your animation and not your ability to draw it.
I am sure this is a lovely photography book for those who are interested in the history of the subject. But to an animator it is an invaluable reference.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2003
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Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) was the most significant contributor to the early study of human and animal locomotion, whose extensive studies were acknowledged by such pioneers of motion pictures as the Lumiere brothers and Thomas Edison. If you have ever seen slow-motion photography of a horse galloping and seen how they have all four hooves off the ground at the same time, then you can understand the fascination in the early days of photography of taking a series of pictures of people running, climbing stairs, or dancing. In fact, it was the horse that got Muybridge involved in this work. In 1872 Muybridge was enlisted to settle bet regarding the position of a trotting horse's legs. But using a camera with the fastest shutter speed available only provided a faint image. Five years later Muybridge used a battery of cameras with mechanically tripped shutters to show the what really happens (in fact, a trotting horse and a galloping horse move differently in having all four hooves off the ground simultaneously).
Consequently, Muybridge invented the zoopraxiscope, a primitive motion-picture machine, which recreated movement by displaying individual photographs in rapid succession. "The Human Figure in Motion" was first published in 1901 and reflects the work Muybridge did at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had been invited to work at the behest of the painting Thomas Eakins, who painted motion subjects, which explains why art students are even more interested in this book than scientists. Includes are over 160 motion studies of the human figure engaged in everything from dressing to hopping on one foot. There are almost 5,000 photographs in this 390 page clothbound edition.
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By MaffiasAngel on 6 July 2012
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I bought this book while I was in college, our latest project at the time was based on zoomorphic animation, and as I had no experience whatsoever animating anything more complicated than a ball I really needed something to help get me started. This book not only explores the shape and form of the human body, but also gives weight and movement to each still, allowing you to truly see how the human figure moves and interacts in everyday (and the not so everyday) tasks.

This book is not just suited for the beginner animator either, its comprehensive collection of movement and balance from infancy to late adulthood make this a must have for all animators, fashion designers and even those who just like to draw.

This book not only shows you how the human form moves, but challenges you to explore further into balance and movement, progressively leading to larger more complex maneuvers and positions.

A highly recommend addition to all artists library's.
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The range of activities as well as the volume of photographs is surprisingly large and particularly useful as a resource when drawing or painting.
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