Character Animation: 2D Skills for Better 3D

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Taylor & Francis, 2007 - Computers - 281 pages
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Improve your character animation with a mastery of traditional principles and processes including weight and balance, timing, walks, birds, fish, snakes, four legged animals, acting and lip-synch. Traditional animation skills and techniques are presented in both 2D and 3D space. The companion CD features demonstration animations and exercises conducted in each of the major animation packages including 3ds Max, LightWave, Maya, and XSI Softimage.

* Readers will achieve improved 3D animation with a practical understanding of foundational animation skills
* Theory is balanced with practical exercises in drawn and 3D animation.
* Companion CD-ROM includes short demonstration movies, 3D exercises, and 20 rigged models for practice.
 

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Contents

chapter 1 introduction to 2Danimation working practice
1
chapter 2 matter and the animation of inanimate objects
28
chapter 3 the construction of a simple character its articulation and balance
48
chapter 4 timing anticipation overshoot followthrough and overlapping action with an animated character
87
chapter 5 human walks and runs
113
chapter 6 animal walks and runs
136
chapter 7 animation of fish and snakes
158
chapter 8 animation of birds
170
chapter 9 animation of acting body language
178
chapter 10 animation of acting facial expressions
214
chapter 11 animation of acting two or more characters
241
chapter 12 lipsync
255
index
275
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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.
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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