Tag Archives: books

The book about wrinkles

22 Apr

Burne Hogarth has written a book about how to draw wrinkles and drapery. I just have received this book, and I’m curious if it is as good as the Amazon reader reviews led me to believe.

Burne Hogarth - Dynamic Wrinkles And Drapery

That is all.

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Drawing Dynamic Hands – Burne Hogarth

18 Apr

I’ve receive the book about drawing hands, written by Burne Hogarth, titled “Drawing Dynamic Hands”. It came highly recommended on Amazon.com, and I’ve been looking forward to receiving the book. I only had a little peek inside, browsing through the numerous beautiful illustrations.

Drawing Dynamic Hands - Burne Hogarth

At first glance, the book seems to be light on the text and heavy on the art. That is actually how I like my art books, mainly being about art, and not so much about ideas about art, which may change over time.

That is about all I can write about this book. Maybe I will write a review once I have finished it.

That is all.

The Crow by James O’Barr

7 Jan

A few weeks ago, I leant a book about creating graphic novels from my local library. One of the recommendations for reading was The Crow by James O’Barr. I guess it is a classic.

James O'Barr - The Crow

The circumstances under which I got this book were a bit strange. I went for a jog to the point where I could pick up the book, and the weather was terrible. Melting snow and rain. Furthermore, a lot of cars which drivers weren’t particularly paying attention to me running alongside the road, because they seem to be more concerned with getting home in time (read: they were all speeding).

One could think: ‘How fitting!’

That is all.

Animation Crash Course by Eric Goldberg

15 Dec

I’ve just received a book over the mail about animation. It is titled “Animation Crash Course”, and is written by master animator Eric Goldberg. The book really is a crash course, because after a definition of terms, it plunges immediately into two subject matters:

  1. Conception
    In order to create convincing animation, that feels alive, you need to know your character, what motivates her.
  2. Technique
    Over the many years over creating animation, some rules have been discovered, ways of doing things that works best in most cases, for most animators.

The included CD is an essential part of the book. You can study the examples frame by frame and see how each frame relates to the next, to create a believable, breathing animated character.

The book is not the be all and end all of animation books. There are other books that go far more into detail on certain aspects of animation. This book gives more like a set of practical lessons on animation (hence the title “Animation Crash Course”).

The craft of animation can’t be learned from a book, but only from practice. However, this book seems to give enough clues to beginning animators to get them through the first stages of becoming an animator.

That is exactly why I bought this book. I want to create an animated series about TWiT, with Leo Laporte and friends. To make it somewhat fun to watch, I should at least attempt to become as good an animator as I can. I realize, though, that there is no substitute for hands-on knowledge, by doing it yourself, instead of reading about others doing it.

That is all.