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I thought I should put a post together that has links to all the great animation resources out there in the published media. This list is just my personal link collection at work, so if you know of more great animation sites, feel free to add to the list.
Animation Tips and Tutorials
Links to tutorials and articles on animation.
http://www.evl.uic.edu/ralph/508S99/contents.html - The Principles of Animation. If you are new to animation, start here.
http://www.siggraph.org/education/ma..._trad_anim.htm - principles again, but this time from John Lasseter.
Website of Carlos Baena, Pixar animator and one of the founders of Animation mentor.
http://www.shaunfreeman.com/animating_tips/- List of great tutorials, tips and articles.
http://www.keithlango.com/wordpress/?page_id=226 – more tutorials
http://asifa.net/israel/animationacting-e.html - article on acting and animation
ILM Animation Lecture Notes - http://www.jeremycollins.net/lecture.doc
Most of these blogs are chock full of great character animation tips and references. A lot have tutorials packed into them as well.
http://www.navone.org/blogger/ - Pixar animator and Animation mentor lecturer
The two books below are the first books I bought, and I have them sitting here next to me on my desk at work. Animators Survival Kit is a necessity for any animator. Illusion of Life is a heavy read, but there is so many great tips and so much history in there, it’s a must read.
"Animators Survival Kit" - Richard Williams
“Illusion of Life" - Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston
Other books I own and recommend:
“Acting for Animators”– Ed Hooks
"Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right" - Jason Osipa
Now there are a bunch of great books that I haven’t read, but which come highly recommended. I was going to link them all here, but they are all taken from the links above. http://www.carlosbaena.com/resource/resource_books.html is a good start if you are looking for more reading material on animation.
Finally, here is a link to Jim Jagger’s website. He has a collection of links to all the animators that inspire him the most, and I couldn’t make a better list if I tried. If you’re looking for inspiration, your first stop should be here -http://www.jimjagger.com/Pages/Docum...inks_Muses.htm
Hope this helps out everyone looking to get into animation, or push their animating ability. I know I’m no pro, and I use these references daily to keep pushing my work to the best of my ability.
Yeah the box set has 16 dvds and costs about $1000
Additional Books for different perspecitves of the same principles:
Character Animation Crash Course! - Eric Goldberg
Cartoon Animation - Preston Blair
The Animator's Workbook - Tony White
Animation from Pencils to Pixels - Tony White
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Don't forget Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair, it's got some fantastic animation tips in it, and probably the best section on walk cycles I've ever seen.
You should also add AWN.com to the list. It isn't a blog, but the most prominent website in the industry set up for animators/ filmmakers and it is a very very very good website for reference for pretty much anything animation related. It also has great connections to festivals and upcoming/ongoing events.
Disney animator and supervising director for Rhino from Bolt interviews other big name artists both old and new. Lots of useful information and advice straight from the horse's mouth.
I recommend the book 'Cracking Animation' by Peter Lord (co-founder of Aardman Animations) & Brian Sibley. It's a really decent break down of the history of animation, and the Aardman process from the writing stage right down to post-production.
Jup those richard william DVDs are great by the way although they are really expensive... you learn a lot from them. I borrowed them form a friend of mine (who has a lot of money)... but I guess it has the same information as the book only with a little bit more advice and some great examples.
Just wanted to add this tut in here, seriously awesome free plugin and tutorial for after effects for inverse kinematics!
My video stuff here http://kylesmotion.blogspot.com
Cool stuff to know