Animators Survival Kit - Expanded Edition?


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Animators Survival Kit - Expanded Edition?

Post by Blighty » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:21 pm

I'm a big fan of Richard William's book The Animators Survival Kit and (Anime Studio aside) it's probably the best investment I ever made in my favourite hobby.
But I noticed there is now a newer edition called the Expanded Edition that totally passed me by. ... =pd_cp_b_2

As much as I love the book, I'm not gonna shell out for another copy just for the sake of an extra chapter or so of additional content... unless it's a really good chapter!

Has anyone checked out this version?
What's different?
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Post by neeters_guy » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:00 am

Hard to say if it's worth buying just for the extra chapter. It is typical of Williams material...38 pages of lean and practical advice. He talks about:
* Delayed breaking of joints
* Hollywood hop
* Contrast and change
* Phrasing of dialogue
* Using live reference
* Animal flexibility
* Action on a running dog
* How does a horse really run?
* Horse trotting and galloping
* Birds
* Realism and weight
* Holds
* Life drawing
My opinion is that this is advanced stuff (eg., I don't do any 4-legged animation), so for me I would probably pass if I already had the first edition. (Although I don't know what corrections, if any, are in this edition.)
Your best bet would be to browse it in a bookstore and decide for yourself.
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