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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle; 01 edition (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452102945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452102948
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'I've used the term "must-have" before - but I compel every one of you reading this site and this review to order this book immediately. You will not regret it."-Cartoon Research

About the Author

Tod Polson has worked extensively as a director, designer, and art director, helping develop projects for companies all over the world including: Walt Disney, Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon. Polson worked with Maurice Noble for the last ten years of Noble's life.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:33 Mins
The Noble Approach is a book that's part biography and part animation design tips featuring the late great Maurice Noble.

As a kid, I would watch the Warner Bros cartoons and never think about things like art and design. They are good which is why people watch them.

Well, in this book, you'll go behind the scenes and look at the person who has a hand at creating some of these animated productions, and understand his design philosophies.

Author Tod Polson who has apprenticed under Noble has done a good job with the biography detailing the designer's life and career right from the start. It's an inspiring tale of someone who has gone through a tumultuous period, with the need to support his family while still young, going through various career changes, having the ups and downs with co-workers, while still maintaining the passion to put out good design for animation and screen.

The biography is about a third of the book. The rest are his philosophies on design. It's on how he handles story beats, story elements, using reference, contrast, simplifying elements, colour theory, perspective, layout, and more. The text and the illustrated examples are insightful. It's a collection of design principles he has learned and compiled over the 60 years he spent in the industry.

It's a good book for those into animation and design, or into traditional animation design.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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I loved Maurice Noble's design, but I gotta say the best thing about this book is the writing... you learn without noticing! As an artist it makes you see things differently, it teaches on how to observer, grab what matters to YOU. It truly builds up so that one develop an original style without sugarcoating it or saying it's easy. Mr. Noble would slap you in the face :)

Tod did an incredible job structuring this book, and Maurice's approach is so simple but so ingenious.

Anyone in involve, in ANY kind of art should read this. This is not just for layout and design artists, it works for everyone.

Thank you for this wonderful piece.
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A beautiful book with fascinating insights into the artist's work. If you are interested in the artwork featured in Looney Tunes greats like "What's Opera Doc", this is a must-have.
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