Digital Character Animation 3

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 0132798190
Release Date: 2006-04-12
Genre: Computers

Whether you’re creating animation for television, advertising, games, or multimedia, [digital] Character Animation 3 can help you bring your imagination to life. In this updated classic, both newcomers to digital animation and old hands looking to hone existing skills will find essential techniques for creating lively, professional-quality animation that are applicable to any software application. Combining the fundamentals of modeling, rigging, and animation with advanced-level information on characterization, directing, and production management, author George Maestri has created an essential resource for digital animators. [digital] Character Animation 3 is packed with beautiful new artwork and Maestri’s invaluable expert tips. Along with clear instruction on the theory and practice of foundation techniques such as rigging, walk-cycles, and lip-synch–the tutorials and exercises in this book let you practice what you’ve learned. Maestri also offers in-depth information on creating nuanced characters that feel “alive” and win audience empathy and attention. The book’s final chapter guides you through the entire filmmaking process, from story development through voice casting and animation directing.

Digital Character Animation 3

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: New Riders Pub
ISBN: 0321376005
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Computers

Explains how to create professional-looking, two- and three-dimensional computer generated characters.

Digital Character Animation

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
ISBN: IND:30000053361113
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: Computer animation

This book covers the essential information computer animators need to generate believable characters in 2D and 3D on the computer. The book covers the nuance and technique of character animation in great detail. CD contains Quicktime and AVI examples of multiple walk cycles, lip sync examples, and other techniques from the book; 3D models; texture maps; and software demos of programs that provide animation capabilities.

Digital Character Animation 2

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: Waite Group Press
ISBN: 9780735700444
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Computers

Explains how to create professional-looking, two- and three-dimensional computer generated characters.

Inspired 3D Character Animation

Author: Kyle Clark
Publisher: Muska & Lipman Publishing
ISBN: 1931841489
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Computers

Clark's book takes an in-depth look at the methods and technology that professionals use to create realistic and believable characters using computer technology.

Character Animation 2D Skills for Better 3D

Author: Steve Roberts
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136140938
Release Date: 2012-08-06
Genre: Art

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.

How to Cheat in Maya 2012

Author: Eric Luhta
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136127496
Release Date: 2013-03-20
Genre: Art

The Maya guide for animators, How to Cheat in Maya 2012 presents everything you need to know about character animation in Maya. Fully updated for the latest revision of Maya, this book provides you with complete, step-by-step walkthroughs of essential animation techniques to increase your efficiency and speed. This is an animator's workflow in book form, written by professional animators-not a software book with a few animation pointers thrown in. In addition to all the gold-mine coverage and interviews with expert animators from the previous edition, How to Cheat in Maya 2012 also features a new in-depth chapter on the principles of animation, updated information on camera settings and animation using Maya's new Camera Sequencer tool, the ins and outs of the brand new Editable Motion Trails tool, new techniques for working with characters in multi-shot animation tests and short films, a new cycles chapter covering actions like flying and walks, time-saving scripts, and advanced tricks with the new Graph Editor. The proven "How to Cheat" series gets you up to speed quickly, and in a way that's fun.

Character Animation Fundamentals

Author: Steve Roberts
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136129490
Release Date: 2012-09-10
Genre: Art

Expand your animation toolkit and remain competitive in the industry with this leading resource for 2D and 3D character animation techniques. Apply the industry's best practices to your own workflows and develop 2D, 3D and hybrid characters with ease. With side by side comparisons of 2D and 3D character design, improve your character animation and master traditional principles and processes including weight and balance, timing and walks. Develop characters inspired by humans, birds, fish, snakes and four legged animals. Breathe life into your character and develop a characters personality with chapters on acting, voice-synching and facial expressions. Expertly integrate core animation techniques with your software of choice featuring step-by-step tutorials, highlighting 3ds Max, Maya and Blender workflows. Adapt the tips, tricks and techniques for unique projects like character design for rotoscoping and motion capture. Advance beyond the fundamentals of 2D and 3D character animation with the companion website which includes short demonstration movies, 2D and 3D exercises and fully rigged character models.

3ds Max at a Glance

Author: George Maestri
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470260750
Release Date: 2008-03-31
Genre: Computers

One look and you'll see that this 3ds Max book is different from all the others. It presents the core 3ds Max features in pages packed with striking graphics that perfectly illustrate the concepts. Each page is loaded with detailed explanations on crucial components, such as the 3ds Max interface, modeling and animation tools, rendering settings, and more. Engaging step-by-step lessons and tasks provide hands-on reinforcement as you learn. Create textures, learn rigging, bring biped characters to life—even create hair with this beautiful, full-color guide.

Cartoon Character Animation with Maya

Author: Keith Osborn
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474238588
Release Date: 2015-12-03
Genre: Performing Arts

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at cartoony computer animation? Then look no further? Cartoon Character Animation with Maya will help you create just that, guiding you through every step of the process including how to incorporate multiple limbs, smears, motion lines and staggers seamlessly into your animation. From planning to posing to polish, you'll learn how to make the most of breakdowns, take the terror out of tangent types and overcome the oft-feared graph editor. Each chapter includes insight and advice from world-leading character animators, and the companion website,, includes a short animation featuring the star of the book, Mr. Buttons. There's also a specially created rig of Mr. Buttons for you to animate with, as well as walk-through videos demonstrating key techniques. Everything you need to help you animate your own cartoony creations! Includes interviews with: Ken Duncan, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, 9; Jason Figliozzi, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6; T. Dan Hofstedt, Pocahontas, Mulan, Planes; Ricardo Jost, The Nut Job, The Snow Queen 2; Pepe Sánchez, Pocoyo, Jelly Jamm; Matt Williames, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Princess and the Frog

Timing for Animation

Author: Harold Whitaker
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136134616
Release Date: 2013-01-17
Genre: Art

Written by two internationally acclaimed animators, this classic text teaches you all you need to know about the art of timing and its importance in the animated film. This reissue includes a new foreword by John Lasseter, executive vice president of Pixar Animation Studios and director of 'Toy Story', 'Toy Story 2', 'A Bug's Life' and 'Monsters Inc.' He sets the wealth of information in this classic text in context with today's world of computer animation, showing how this is a must-have text if you want to succeed as a traditional drawn, or computer animator. Learn all the tips and tricks of the trade from the professionals. How should the drawings be arranged in relation to each other? How many are needed? How much space should be left between one group of drawings and the next? How long should each drawing, or group of drawings, remain on the screen to give the maximum dramatic effect? The art of timing is vital. Highly illustrated throughout, points made in the text are demonstrated with the help of numerous superb drawn examples. 'Timing for Animation' not only offers invaluable help to those who are learning the basis of animation techniques, but is also of great interest to anyone currently working in the field and is a vital source of reference for every animation studio. John Halas, known as the 'father of animation' and formerly of Halas and Batchelor Animation unit, produced over 2000 animations, including the legendary 'Animal Farm' and the award winning 'Dilemma'. He was also the founder and president of the ASIFA and former Chairman of the British Federation of Film Societies. Harold Whitaker is a professional animator and teacher. Many of his former students are now among some of the most outstanding animation artists of today.

Elemental Magic

Author: Joseph Gilland
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781136137259
Release Date: 2012-12-12
Genre: Art

Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. '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 and how to apply these skills to your digital projects.

Acting and Character Animation

Author: Rolf Giesen
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1498778631
Release Date: 2017-08-02
Genre: Animation (Cinematography)

Animation has a lot to do with acting. That is, character animation, not the standardized, mechanical process of animation. Acting and animation are highly creative processes. This book is divided into two parts: From film history we learn about the importance of actors and the variety of acting that goes into animation; then, we will turn to the actor's point of view to describe the various techniques involved. Through exhaustive research and interviews with people ranging from Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis to Jaffrey Katzenberg and Ed Hooks, this book will be the primary source for animators and animation actors.