Oh wow.. talk about a great book that every animator should get.

Amazon.com: Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures: Walt Stanchfield, Don Hahn: Books.

As a 3d animator, I’ve had many people ask me what software they should learn, or what school they should go to, or what skills are necessary to be a “3d animator”.  I respond time and time again that the biggest thing they can learn is to observe others, and translate that observation.  Whether it’s acting it out, drawing it, or speaking about it we must be able to create a picture that represents the idea or emotion we are trying to represent.

Sketching is one of the fastest and most effective ways to communicate an idea.  I don’t sketch as often or as well as I should, but I can’t tell you how helpful it’s been to be able to draw to communicate over the years.  Even though I don’t draw my animation, I do use sketches and thumbnails to think about it.  I also will draw a quick eye pose to try and get across an idea to an animator when I’m giving them notes.

Even if you “can’t draw”, you should try and learn some of the tricks and tips that Walt Stanchfield talks about in his notes.  They’ll really help you communicate your ideas!

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2 Responses to Amazon.com: Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Volume 1

  1. Cecile says:

    I can’t wait to buy it. Hey Jason do you own that one already? it’s on pre-order. There is a second volume as well.

  2. Aracely says:

    I LOVE IT! Robina I have also lokeod into DVC! We lokeod into Bay Lake towers. I think you should write something for this blog about the Vacation Club! Your perspective is awesome!Many people in my family are DVC members as well at the Wilderness Lodge.The other thing we are considering is purchasing a home in Kissimmee for an investment. It’s a tough decision I put this blog together to try to bring together different ideas from people like myself who go to disney often & love it. Right now the info is more generic, but I would like to take a Canadian Spin as time goes on.. Would you be interested in writing a post? If not no worries!

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