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Top 5: Best animation books

Updated: Jun 21



animation books

Ready to jump into animation?

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, these 5 books are Essential



Learn from the best

Do you love books? Me too!


I bet that when you started learning animation, you heard everywhere: Read Richard Williams' book, "The Animator's Survival Kit." !


So when I began my learning process at school, I bought it and placed it on a shelf for later...

Then I remember making my first 2D animation with only a poor understanding of animation's rules. It was hard and painful.


And one day, I finally decided to read it, and it blew my mind!

It was not hard to read at all! Very clear, easy to understand!

So many good tricks, well-explained with a great sense of humor, not a heavy, big, boring book.

Here is my best animation books list:


The Animator's  survival kit

Richard Williams


If only I had read it on Day 1!

Start reading Richard Williams; you will save weeks of training!

Yes, weeks! Do you remember "Who framed Roger Rabbit" well he co-directed it with Robert Zemeckis.

If you are from the new generation, have a look at this movie, it will give you a great taste of 80-90's movies vibe !


animator survival kit
Amazon

Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators

Michael D. Mattesi


I love his approach to life drawing. Yes it is 2d drawing and you might think it is not useful for 3d animation. But I like that he make you think about sources and contacts applied to the body. Two nice notions to keep in mind while animating.


Amazon

USA - UK - CANADA


The Illusion of Life

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson


I won't lie; this is not a light and easy-to-read book like the previous ones. Your arms might shake if you intend to read it in bed :)

However, this one is undoubtedly a classic. I enjoy picking bits of it from time to time.

It's where the 12 principles of animation are born! I'm not sure if you can find a new copy on Amazon, but used copies are available.


Amazon

USA - UK - CANADA


Creativity inc.

Ed Catmull


Dive into the Pixar organization, learn about leading and managing a company to create beautiful projects! A lot to learn about a great teamwork!


creativity inc
Amazon

USA - UK - CANADA


Animal Anatomy for Artists

Eliot Goldfinger


This is soooo important: If you animate a creature, you need to know its anatomy.. At least the basics. Alway good to have a look into this book before jumping on a new creature animation!


Amazon

USA - UK - CANADA



More books here!




Animation Press

What's better than a little magazine to read on the train, all while listening to the sweet names of small cities stations... Here's a selection of cool magazines. Personally, I have free access to some of them through my city's digital library!



Animation Magazine
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