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Confident Color: An Artist's Guide to Harmony, Contrast and Unity
Confident Color: An Artist's Guide to Harmony, Contrast and Unity
by Nita Leland
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £19.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reading this made me angry...., 22 July 2014
I'm truly disappointed by this book. First of all the author divides painters to Colorists and others whom base art on Value, claiming that values is not that important anymore. And later saying "all artists are Colorists at the heart" why inventing division and later unite them after all? This book is full of ideas but I didn't found explanation of anything. Analysis of paintings in this book does not explains why harmony and color works in examples, It's mostly artsy mumbo jumbo. I feel this books pull away from making art, exercises are time consuming and useless for representative artists in my opinion, and you are expected to own shop with paints, so many different pigments are required. Text is wrote clumsy and selectively, so often refer you to "find it in internet". Designers and contemporary artists, and maybe artists with art-block might find it more interesting, because how I said, the book is more like journal of personal ideas and force reader to analyzing and thinking, without imposing opinions. I'm disappointed mostly because I read other far better books about color theory - better read James Gurney or Andrew Loomis books first, and leave this one as a curiosity.

Cartoon Animation (Collectors)
Cartoon Animation (Collectors)
by Preston Blair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madzia, 16 Mar. 2012
You can easily underestimate this book especially if you are already professional artist, but don't! characters are in old cartoon style but it's absolutely necessary to get familiar with them before trying develop any cartoon character on your own. The book is marvelous!

The Animator's Survival Kit
The Animator's Survival Kit
by Richard E. Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever, 23 Feb. 2012
Amazing, awesome, great, wonderful! I never read a book with so useful knowledge. Almost every page is full of extremely important advice. They should change title to "Animator's Bible" it's absolutely must-have for anyone who's interested in animation. Not only traditional, 3d animators will learn a lot stuff from here.

Timing for Animation
Timing for Animation
by Harold Whittaker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Everything poorly explained, 23 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Timing for Animation (Paperback)
I was disappointed by this book. First chapter was interesting; about production process but this have nothing to do with "Timing for animation" and parts about "Timing for animation" is explained so poorly I had to read them few time before I understood them. For me it's just handy summary of "Animator's survival kit" which have everything shown ten times better. I bought both books and If you desire specific explanation of traditional animation "Animator's survival Kit" is better choice.

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