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These days, it is easier than ever to learn any skills you might want to learn. It is simple to search for the information that you are looking for and within seconds you will find it.
But learning animation is a non-stop process. You are always learning and you are always looking for more information and looking for different sources of information.
Even the best animators in the top animation studios say that they are still learning every day even after fifteen years of animation experience.
It is true that tutorials can be found in a few seconds, and, virtually, you can find a tutorial or two about anything explaining anything you want. But still, there are some books that you "must" have at home or your office. So much of what we do today is based on these books and what they teach us.
I really like this book. This book teaches you how to plan your animation by drawing in a very simple way. So if you think that you are bad at drawing or sketching, this book will make you not worry about it and teach you that everyone can draw and that in planning animation, you do not really need a ton of details as long as the message is clear.
Wayne Gilbert is a mentor for Animation Mentor the online animation school, he directed the animation and the cinematics for the games Skate and Skate 2, and he is now Head of Animation at Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts).
Known for his work on the Genie in Aladdin, just ask anyone about Eric Goldberg, and chances are that they will tell you that he is the genius who worked on a ton of successful works by Disney and Warner Bros.
Get inside the head of this fantastic artist, and learn his thought process when it comes to engaging character animation.
It is very difficult to choose one book and say that this is the definitive best one, because it can be very subjective. There are many other books that I did not mention in this list, but if you start with these books, you will learn so much more than many professional animators know. You will have the edge. And you will just enjoy your time reading and then later putting what you learned into practice.
Do you already have any of these books? How much did these books affect your animation learning journey? Leave me a comment and let me know!