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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Another Great Art Direction Book

Go order this book now.
It's the first in-depth study of the work of one of the great animation art directors, MAURICE NOBLE.
It'll be out in February 2008, which is a bit long to wait, and it's a bit pricey, but it will be worth every minute and dollar.

With this book and Hans Bacher's DREAMWORLDS available in the same year, animated films can't help but look better!


Richard said...

Hello Nancy,
How are you, and what are you up to these days? I saw your comment under mine on Hans' treasures blog and thought I'd say hello.
I can't wait for these books to come out, will be saving up the pennies. All we now need is a collection of the great layouts of Hawley Pratt.

Nancy said...

Hi Richard,
I just received my MFA from RIT and am teaching in their animation program.
I have plans for a second book too--I'm finding out what is needed by checking the gaps in the books that I use for textbooks! WAtch for a new one from me sometime in 2009...

Hans Bacher's book should be a smash hit. It's amazing to see that no other art director has ever written about the process. (John Canemakers excellent books are history books not production books, though they are very helpful there is nothing like getting the artists' own words in a book...)

Jenny Lerew said...

John Canemaker's first book actually was a production book: "'Raggedy Ann and Andy': the making of an animated film". It's still one of the best(if not the best)books to show exactly how an animated feature is made from start to finish--and warts and all. If three was some unrest or a problem here and there(as there certtainly were on that production), John wrote about it very honestly.
There's also a lot of the "artist's own words" included in that book--as well as a killer chapter all about Tissa David. Everyone should have a copy.

Nancy said...

Yes, you're right, Jenny. I have this book and it's excellent, particularly for the chapter on Tissa (this is the sole book that mentions her--female animators are still underrepresented in the history books.)
John Canemaker's books are oustanding. Too bad this one and some of the others are out of print.