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OK - Not as thorough as one would like.
on 19 February 2010
"'Elemental Magic' is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects"
That's basically it really, lots of illustrations... Theory and philosophies which should already be evident to any 2d Animator. This book could possibly be helpful to beginners or first year students, but beyond that the depth of the detail comprises of 'line of action' (one of the basics of animation applied to everything) of the different elements of a certain effect.
The author is obviously a genious and knows what he's talking about, but for some reason he didn't include not one single timing chart throughout the whole book! You have to be clear with what you're animating and a dope sheet is key to visualising the feeling of movement. I expected a complete breakdown of things so I could learn something new but you're only given half the story, I suppose not all those Disney secrets aren't for sale.
I'm sorry to be negative but I was looking forward to this read and did expect more detail, on timings and rhythms especially. All said and done the book does provide different techniques on rendering and does give you help when approaching the different elements