Character Animation in 3D: Use traditional drawing techniques to produce stunning CGI animation / Edition 1

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Overview

Based on 10 years of animation teaching experience, this comprehensive guide to key techniques will ensure your skills best fit the computer animation workplace. A complete understanding of the vital animation drawing skills will be achieved by learning the pitfalls in a 2D exercise then applying these skills when using 3D animation packages.

Providing a broad coverage this book will be relevant whatever 3D package you use, Softimage XSI, Maya, 3ds max or LightWave. Just knowing and being able to use a specific 3D software package does not make you an animator, but reading this book will!

The Free CD-ROM includes; how to animate exercises in each specific 3d animation program; short movies showing best practice; computer models so you can experiment and learn; a free demo copy and discount code for the best 2D animation software you can buy, DigiCel FlipBook.

www.characteranimationin3d.com, provides further resources about the world of animation, extensive list of links, how to get a job, build a lightbox, make an animated movie and much more!

Audience: Students taking animation or computer graphics courses, trainee 3D animators or computer animation assistants. 3D animators who want to learn more about 2D. Experienced 2D animators who want to move on to 3D. Complete beginners interested in learning animation. 'Animation' magazine over 20k circulation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240516653
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/21/2004
  • Series: Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

has animated and directed movies for over 50 clients in his 25+ year career. Clients include the BBC, Channel 4, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, BT and Electrolux. His movie "Electrolux Home products - Why?” has won two IVCA awards and a New York Film and Television award. Steve has taught animation for 12 years among some of the UK's leading Universities. He is currently Senior lecturer in Character Animation at Central St Martins College of Art and Design.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to 2D working practice; The animation of matter; Construction of a simple character and its articulation and balance; Timing, anticipation, overshoot, follow-through and overlapping action with an animated character; Human walks and runs; Animal walks and runs; Animation of fish and snakes; Animation of birds; Animation of acting - body language; Animation of action - facial expressions; Animation of acting - two characters; Lip Synch; and Index. On the CD ROM there are 20 fully built and rigged models to animate with; over 50 tutorials on how to build and animate these models; 140 2D and 3D animated movies as examples; 22 live action movies as guidance and a free demo copy of DigiCel FlipBook line test software.

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