Resources

Digital Arts Courses

ARTC312 Lecture Notes click to go

Recommended Books

3D Animation:

  • *recommended: Autodesk Maya Press, Learning Autodesk Maya 2008; the Modeling & Animation Handbook
  • *recommended: Autodesk Maya Press, Learning Autodesk Maya 2008; Foundation

  • Developing Digital Short Films by Sherri Sheridan
  • Character Animation: 2D Skills for Better 3D, Second Edition by Steve Roberts

Traditional Animation:

  • The Animator Survival Kit, Williams, Richard and Sutton, Imogen
  • Cartoon Animation (The Collector's Series) by Preston Blair
  • The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
  • Understanding Animation by Paul Wells
  • Cracking Animation by Peter Lord and Brian Sibley
  • Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation by Hans Bacher
  • Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics by Maureen Furniss
  • Secrets of Oscar-winning Animation: Behind the scenes of 13 classic short animations by Olivier Cotte
  • Animation Now! (Taschen 25th Anniversary) by Julius Wiedemann

Animation Principles

  • Timing for Animation by Harold Whitaker and John Halas
  • Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films by Ed Hooks
  • Acting for Animators, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation by Ed Hooks
  • Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells
  • Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, Second Edition by Mike Mattesi

Storytelling/Script Writing:

  • Animation: From Script to Screen by Shamus Culhane
  • The Human Figure in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge
  • Animals in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge
  • How to Write for Animation by Jeffrey Scott
  • Storytelling through Animation (Graphics) by Mike Wellins
  • Basics Animation: Scriptwriting (Basics Animation) by Paul Wells
  • Storytelling through Animation (Graphics) by Mike Wellins
  • Animation Writing and Development, : From Script Development to Pitch by Jean Ann Wright
  • Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Storyboarding:

  • Don Bluth's Art Of Storyboard by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
  • Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman
  • Storyboards: Motion in Art, Second Edition by Mark Simon
  • Storyboarding 101: A Crash Course in Professional Storyboarding by James Fraioli
  • Exploring Storyboarding by Wendy Tumminello
  • The Art of the Storyboard: Storyboarding for Film, TV, and Animation by John Hart
  • Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman

Facial Animation:

  • Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Simon
  • Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right by Jason Osipa
Links to Useful Web Resources

Maya References:

Tutorialized - Maya
http://www.cgchar-animation.com
Highend 3D
Gnomon Workshop
Shaun Freeman's Animation Tips
http://www.gameartisans.org
http://boards.polycount.net
http://www.cgchat.com
http://www.learningmaya.com
http://www.cgtalk.com
http://www.cgnetworks.com
http://www.cgchannel.com

http://www.highend3d.com
http://www.3dtotal.com
http://www.turbosquid.com
http://www.suurland.com
http://www.3dcafe.com
http://www.3dfestival.com
http://www.simply3dworld.com
http://raph.com/3dartists
http://textures.forrest.cz/ (Free texture maps)
http://www.mayang.com/textures (Free texture maps)
Lemog 3D
http://www.cgtutorials.com (Maya 3D)
Python Programming Language (New Maya Programing Language)

Animation Principles:

Animation Arena
Frank and Ollie's Animation Tips
Principles of Animation

John Lasseter's note

Other interesting animation sites

http://www.klangoanimation.com
http://www.splinedoctors.com

http://animationpodcast.com
http://www.animwatch.com
http://www.shaunfreeman.com/animating_tips

Free Sound Effects
(Make sure you download copyright/royalty-free audio ONLY)

www.freeaudioclips.com
http://www.partnersinrhyme.com
http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com
http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/
http://www.tintagel.net/resources/Multimedia/Audio/
www.flashkit.com
www.soundhunter.com/
www.stonewashed.net/sfx.html
www.videomaker.com/scripts/sfx_links.cfm
www.findsounds.com/

Pay for sounds:
http://www.sounddogs.com
www.soundamerica.com/
www.sound-effects-library.com/


Examples of Animation Exercises

Abstract Animations


Ball Bounce Animation (realistic)

Ball Bounce Animation (personified)


Websites with Good Animations:

 

Some Great Animations:
  • Luxo Jr. - Pixar
  • Gas Planet - PDA
  • Calculated Movements - Larry Cuba
  • Shadow Puppets
  • Arabesque - John Whitney
  • The Chub Chubs - Sony Imageworks

 

Sound Effects (Make sure you download copyright/royalty-free audio ONLY)

To download audio using IE: Find Audio file you want and hold down the Right mouse button over the link and Save Target As...

www.freeaudioclips.com
http://www.partnersinrhyme.com
http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com
http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/
http://www.tintagel.net/resources/Multimedia/Audio/
www.flashkit.com
www.soundhunter.com/
www.stonewashed.net/sfx.html
www.videomaker.com/scripts/sfx_links.cfm
www.findsounds.com/

Pay for sounds:
http://www.sounddogs.com
www.soundamerica.com/
www.sound-effects-library.com/