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Beyond price and yet totally affordable,
This review is from: The Animator's Survival Kit: A Working Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Computer, Stop-motion, Games and Classical Animators (Applied Arts) (Paperback)
Don't be fooled by the fact that this a paperback - this is an arm-wrenching book that more than justifies the effort needed to lift it. A humungously fantabulostic whizzbang of a book.
Other reviewers have pretty well said it all - but one comment I just have to repeat and add to is this -
If you're a newcomer to animation, this book is utterly essential.
If you're an experienced amateur or professional, this book has no other purpose than to enrich your life and extend your talents.
If you're just interested in animation, this book will have you reaching for a pencil in double-quick time.
The only book I've ever enountered that comes close to being this good is a slim (and now sadly out of print) little book by Bob Godfrey and originally published by the BBC. That was called 'The do-it-yourself film animation book' and this new book by Richard Williams is very much in that mould. This book is a 'how-to-do-it-yourself-book' of the highest order and covers just about every style, technique and idea you care to think about. More importantly, it will open your mind to the power and possibilities of traditional pencil-based animation.
After all, not everyone has the time, talent, inclination (or software) to learn computer animation, but almost everyone can use a pencil or brush (even amputees!) - and that is all you need. You don't even need to be a good artist to make animation work. Naturally, it does help - but it isn't essential, and this book will show you so many ideas and ways to go about making images move that you'll soon be itching to find your own solutions and ways forwards.
And THAT is the overpowering impression you get from this outstanding book - it makes you want to explore and to find out just what as-yet undiscovered worlds lie out there, a fraction of a millimetre beyond the tip of your pencil.