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12 December 2001, 06:31 PM
Hi Guys

Anybody know of a couple of good books about 2d animation timing/exaggaration/weight balance/etc ?

I am trying to learn 2d animation techniques

any help is much appreciated


12 December 2001, 01:31 AM
Man that avatar is hillarious :D .
I'm not sure its the exact type of book your looking for, but check out "The Animator's Workbook", by Tony White; it has great general techniques and info for drawn animation. This book is dated but still the most helpful one I have used. Check for it at Amazon or Barnes and Nobles.

12 December 2001, 04:18 AM
Thanks man , i ordered it now , looks like the right book


12 December 2001, 01:34 PM
Ok, I see you got your book and this is a bit offtopic anyways, but Carlos Baena has some really good links about all kinds of animating at his site:

Just thought that you might be interested.

12 December 2001, 02:48 PM
Timing for animators by Harold Whitaker & John Halas
isbn: 0-240-51310-x
and Cartoon animation by Preston Blair

12 December 2001, 03:55 PM
Thanks Shogun and Lilmury , both the website and the book are awesome.

Woooohooo time to draww :D


12 December 2001, 03:12 PM
Check this site out!

It's essentially all of the Preston Blair books!

Henry :p

12 December 2001, 03:27 PM
Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair. Its the bible, its been around forever. Covers almost everything.

12 December 2001, 05:41 PM
wow that site is awesome.

thanks for all the help guys:)


01 January 2002, 02:10 PM
The Animator's Survival Kit

by Richard Williams is also a very good book, you can grab it from Amazon.



01 January 2002, 02:56 PM
Any nice animation to take a look???

01 January 2002, 10:24 PM
"The Animator's Workbook"Tony White


"The Illusion of Life" Disney Animation


01 January 2002, 01:10 PM

All the good books I like have been mentioned, I have nothing to add but this useless message :))hehehe:D :D :D

01 January 2002, 11:16 PM

02 February 2002, 07:34 AM
"The animatorīs survival kit" by Richard Williams

02 February 2002, 10:13 AM
i got that yesterday :D

Adam Klein
02 February 2002, 03:11 PM
Daxx, do know where one can find The Illusion of Life, I can never find it, and I hear its diffucult to find without paying some bucks, any help would rock!

Ada K.

Luke Werhli
03 March 2002, 08:46 PM
Try or

03 March 2002, 09:15 AM
My animaton bibles:

Richard Williams 'Animator's Survivor Kit'
Timing for Animators
Illustion of Life
Sheridan College character animation notes

03 March 2002, 09:16 AM
Adam u can order the Illusion of LIfe from cover price. I highly recommended it to my students and they're learning alot.

Adam Klein
03 March 2002, 01:36 PM
Hey thanks Jazz!! I never thought I'd get it, heh,heh:) The lightfoot site has a lot of stuff available that I haven't seen before, excellent.

I do have a question though, how are the layout books? I've never seen anything like that.

Adam K.

03 March 2002, 01:57 PM
Jazzthief , thanks a lot for the lightfoot link , the tapes look really good.


Luke Werhli
03 March 2002, 06:01 PM
JazzThief, how do I find the Sheridan notes?


03 March 2002, 10:01 PM
Thanks Jazztheif! I've been looking for that book for years now! :eek:

Yes, Sheridan notes would be great to get also! Where can I get them?

If anyone is interested in the Chuck Amuck video that is being sold at lightfoot, I just found a number of used copies at Amazon. I would prefer to get a brand new one, but honestly can't afford the $100. I spent $20 with shipping included for a used tape at Amazon.

Just a thought!

03 March 2002, 11:53 PM
No problem guyz I think its important that the Illusion of Life should be part of your library. As far as the Sheridan notes I'm afraid that's not available to the public. Unless you're a student at Sheridan College (excellent school) or in my animation class. It's HUGE detailing from character design, layout, animation, timing, poses, workflow issues ..etc. Just consider it the Andrew Loomis (excellent draftsman/ illustrator) of animation. Priceless.

I usually made photocopies of the Sheridan notes to my students. Due to demand I may strongly consider writing a book based on these notes and my experience in traditional/ CG animation.

03 March 2002, 12:08 AM
Yes! Yes! :)

A book on thos topics would be excellent! Keep us posted on if/when that happens! :)

03 March 2002, 12:30 AM
I have three publishers approach me about a book but its not easy since writing is painful. We're see what happens this summer ...

Keep in mind that drawing will help you during the keyposes even in CG. So checkout (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) Andrew Loomis studies. Priceless.

Geez, I'm beginning to feel like this is a classroom.

Adam Klein
03 March 2002, 02:17 AM
just EXCELLENT, Proffesor Jazz ;) the anatomic reference lines are MUCH simpler, I learned a lot from Hogarth's book, but you're right, these tecniques seem more thorough and usable for drawing quickly.

have you written books before on these topics?? if so, now is the time to put on the business hat and plug 'em, heh,heh, because you have all ears here.

much thanks
Adam K.

03 March 2002, 03:56 AM
Burne Hogarth makes too many artistic lies with his form. Plus in my humble opinion its abit mushy. Compared to Loomis which has structure. Not too many animators are aware of Andrew Loomis something I learned when I illustrated for comic books. At Marvel comics the editors hand out Loomis studies to young entry level artists.

Just my 2 cents but if you want to learn about storytelling and 'animated' forms take a look at Will Eisner "Comics & Sequential Art". Priceless.

Heck, even Brad Bird is big fan of Will Eisner "The Spirt" just watch IRON GIANT and watch closely when Hogarth showcase his comicbooks.

03 March 2002, 02:06 AM

I will be posting Sheridan College notes in a unique and informative format on my website. I am in the process of redesigning it and will have the notes as well as tutorials and any other pertinent information dealing with character animation.

Be patient, as I will post a message here on this forum when I have the new site up.


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