Featuring hundreds of carefully hand-crafted illustrations by the internationally renowned production designer Hans Bacher, Sketchbook - Composition Studies for Film is a unique journey through the mind and creative process of one of the artistic legends in animation film design. Having shaped such films as The Lion King, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast to name a few, Hans's work is a part of the very cultural fabric of our age. Here the artist puts on display the rarely discussed first part of image making for film, the conceptual thumbnail. Exquisitely beautiful in themselves, these small illustrations represent the birth of what eventually becomes the iconic images we experience on the silver screen. Essential to anyone interested in understanding the skeletal structure that exists underneath stunning imagery in all forms of media, this book is especially relevant today with the dramatic increase of interest in film and game design. Although students today have ready access to and an understanding of technical aspects of the craft using associated software, the area most lacking in accessible information is this quintessential first part of thumb-nailing an image. This unique book will provide the student and professional with the fundamentals of conceptualizing images, and how these can be used in composition in the related fields of illustration, graphic novels, 2D animation, 3D animation, photography and cinematography.
Author: Hans P. Bacher, Sanatan Suryavanshi
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Featuring hundreds of carefully hand-crafted illustrations as well as significant tuition on how to best compose and use images to create the most powerful frames, this book is potentially Hans P. Bacher's life's work encapsulated in one volume. Here, the internationally renowned production designer shares his expertise in an easy-to-follow and imaginative way – giving tips, exercises, and a depth of knowledge garnered from a lifetime in the industry. Bacher's production designs have established the look of many seminal animated films such as The Lion King, Balto, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast, so fans of his work will be delighted. While keeping the focus on storytelling, Bacher instructs readers in the art of animated cinematography with the ever-present aim of soliciting an emotional response from the audience. Vision: Color and Composition for Film represents an amazing depth of experience — and is visually arresting to boot.
A truly unique visual delight offering insight into the development of animation classics like Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Lilo and Stitch as well as a tantalizing examination of unfinished Disney projects.
First published in 2012. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Setting the Scene
Author: Fraser MacLean
Publisher: Chronicle Books
The art of animation layout takes center stage for the first time in this gorgeous, full-color volume. Animation fans and students can finally take a behind-the-scenes peek at the history of layout, the process by which artists plot scenes and stitch together the many elements of animated works. With in-depth text by veteran animator Fraser MacLean, this extraordinary book features previously unpublished art from major studios archives including Warner Bros., Pixar, Walt Disney, and more as well as interviews with some of the biggest names in animation and a foreword by Academy Award winning director Pete Docter. From the genre's earliest pioneers to the digital world of contemporary cinema, Setting the Scene provides an enchanting journey into the history of animation.
Maya 8 Character Modeling takes a unique approach to modeling as it breaks down character creation using an easy-to-follow formula that makes the learning process less daunting. The author presents an overview of modeling basics and then shows how to block out the body, shape body parts, add details, and create joints and controls using Maya 8. By the time you ve finished the book, you ll have created a figure that is textured, rigged, and ready to be animated. With this book understand the building blocks of modeling, including quads, edge loops, normals, UVs, and mapping; discover how modeling by formula eases the character creation process; find out how to create a UV layout that makes texturing easier; learn how to place joints and controls and skin your character so it deforms properly when animated. Companion CD included with the images from the book, Maya files to help build the character, AVI movies that show the modeling process in real time, and Mel scripts for installing a character modeling tool menu that can improve the user s workflow!"
A sketchbook is the perfect place to gather and record observations, whether your intent is to complete a quick watercolor sketch or prepare for a larger studio painting. In Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook, acclaimed artist Brenda Swenson explores the many wonderful possibilities that an artist's sketchbook has to offer-from practice pad to travel journal. You will discover how to get the most out of your own personal sketchbook, as well as learn essential art theory and techniques, including composition, perspective, color mixing, and much more. It's all right here in this comprehensive guide! (64-page paperback, 6.5 x 9.5) Awards: Craftrends Awards of Excellence 2006 Finalist
Author: Robh Ruppel
Graphic L.A. is part practical instruction, part guided meditation on the importance of color values and objects in art. The reader is led by the professional instruction of Robh Ruppel; instructor at the Art Center College of Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, and Concept Art Academy. He is also a multiple award-winning art director of video games. By reducing environments down to basic shapes and colors (or “symbols”), Robh builds astounding images. Robh documents the progression of building an image while referencing basic techniques. By using color with surprisingly bold brushstrokes, he produces images of incredible depth with intricate handling of light and shadow. It is a rare exploration into simplicity without resorting to minimalism. Readers will be certain to take away both a sense of admiration for Robh Ruppel's work and a greater understanding and appreciation for the importance of color value relationships in all forms of art.
The Beethoven Sketchbooks
Author: Douglas Porter Johnson, Alan Tyson, Robert Winter
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Herri Met de Bles
Author: Norman E. Muller, Betsy J. Rosasco, James H. Marrow
A Cézanne Sketchbook
Author: Paul Cézanne
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Great artist experiments with tonal effects, light, mass, other qualities in over 100 drawings. A revealing view of developing master painter, precursor of Cubism. 102 black-and-white illustrations.
Author: Mia Couto
Publisher: Profile Books
Mia Couto's first novel, judged one of the twelve best African books of the 20th century
Author: Milind Mulick
This pleasing book is Mulick's second one after watercolour. As every artist knows, sketching is the foundation on which a painting is developed. In his masterful way, Mulick explains the use of pencils and ink as well as colour to make sketches. From the rapid, minimalist sketches done in few seconds to elaborate studies, sketchbook brings a happy smile to the reader's face and encourages him to take up pencil and begin.
Author: Alfonso Azpiri
Publisher: Heavy Metal Magazine