Foreword by Brad Bird
Character Animation Crash Course! is a veritable Genie’s lamp stuffed with everything the aspiring animator could wish for! Renowned animator Eric Goldberg’s detailed text and drawings illuminate how to conceive characters "from the inside out” to create strong personalities. Classic animation techniques are analyzed and brought to life through this unique book and its accompanying CD that offers readers animated movie examples that show, in real time or frame-by-frame, the author’s principles at work. Add to this Goldberg’s discussions of classic cartoons and his witty, informative observations based on the wealth of knowledge he’s gained during his 30-plus years in professional animation, and you have a tour-de-force guide to character animation with the classic touch.
Eric Goldberg, a veteran director, designer, and animator, has worked extensively in Hollywood, New York, and London, creating feature films, commercials, title sequences, and television specials. He is equally at home with traditional hand-drawn animation and the most up-to-date computer animation, and has pioneered ground-breaking techniques in both worlds. Goldberg is currently the Supervising Animator of the character, "Louis,"" on Walt Disney Pictures' The Princess and the Frog.
"As Disney Animation great Ollie Johnston always told me, "It’s not the tools that create great character animation, it’s what you do with those tools.” Eric’s book is a terrific how-to that clearly explains the tools and the techniques for great animation in any medium. People always ask me, "How do I get started in animation?” Now I know the answer…read the Character Animation Crash Course book by Eric Goldberg!"
—John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
"Eric’s book and CD are a first in the industry. They represent a one-of-a-kind bible for artists, teachers and fans of animation from one of the modern masters of the craft."
—Don Hahn, Producer, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast
"I can’t think of anyone more qualified to put together a book like this. Eric covers everything, from basic nuts and bolts to advanced technique in a clear, simple, entertaining way, just like his animation. This should be on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to know more about this elusive art form."
—Ron Clements, Director, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules