Blog Category: Animation

Best Animation Resources
for Learning Animation

Best Animation Resources <br/>for Learning Animation

While I am not a professional Animator, yet, I am a student. But, I believe that like all professions everyone is always learning something new. So I decided to create a list of the “6 best animation resources for learning animation”.  This is a list of resources to help individuals looking to pursue animation as a profession, career, or hobby. These resources are geared towards the art of animation, not the technical, like how to use a software.  I believe you should learn the craft before you learn the software. Some of the resources are books, some of them are web sites, some are free, some cost money. So let’s start my list of the top and best animation resources.  Please feel free to disagree, or comment below, growth is made through sharing resources and ideas!
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Best Animation Books – Top 10 Books for Artists, Fans, and Students

Best Animation Books - Top 10 Books for Artists, Fans, and Students

Here is my 10 best animation books list. Like any art form, reading these books will not make you an amazing animator. However, these animation books will provide insights from the legends of animation. The beautiful illustrations made by some of the best artists in the world are inspiring to all ages. You will find that all of these books are enjoyable. These animation books will spark the imagination. They will help when you are in a technical rut. Even non-animators will find these books amazing to gaze over.

I have comprised a list of what I think are the ten most wonderful animation books. Now before you read this list I want to put it out there… I am not a professional animator. At least not yet, I am working on it. I will update this post when I am. Since I am still a young animator I can freshly reflect how important and helpful these books have been towards my education of the art-form. These are the greatest animation books on the market. I feel any person serious about animation should purchase these books. Most of my mentors and friends have all of these books on their shelves. I think you should too! In this list I have indicated a few of the best animation books for beginners. I hope you enjoy the list, now let’s get started.
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7 Best Maya Plugins for Animation Workflow

7 Best Maya Plugins for Animation Workflow

So around the internet there are tons of “best of” lists. I noticed that there are not really one for Maya Plugins. So here is a list of paid and free maya plugins. These plugins are based around the animation aspect of maya. There are tons of good ones out there for rigging and lighting.I decided to focus more on the animation aspect. These plugins should help increase productivity and workflow. I hope you enjoy my list of Best Maya Plugins. Feel free to comment and make any suggestions. I will be creating an “honorable mentions” list at the end of the post. These are tools I find helpful for my personal workflow, so some might not work for you and your techniques.
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Maya Missing Graph Editor, Outliner, or Other Torn Off Windows – Solved

Luckily for us solving the missing graph editor, or window, mystery is easy to solve. Sometimes when you are on a pc, and you are moving from two monitors back to one, changing the positioning of your monitors (for example from left to above) windows in Maya can go missing. Nothing is worse than animating a scene and not being able to find your missing graph editor!

I ran into a problem when I need to work from only one monitor (I normally work with two because I find animating easier with this set up). However, whenever I tried to open my animation graph editor I could not find it! Maya saves your window settings based upon an absolute position. Meaning if you have a position that is high and meant for two monitors Maya will assume that the second monitor still exists. I am not sure why the programmers didn’t decide to do it off of screen width and height percentages but that is a different story.

There are two ways to solve your missing graph editor and window problems. The first and easiest is to navigate to your Maya preference directory and rename it.
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Best Maya Animation Books

Here is my list of the best Maya animation books. This list is comprised of books that I found helpful to learning how to animate in Maya. Being a relatively new animator (I have been studying for three years), I can tell you these books have helped me understand Maya a lot more! If you have any suggestions, on books I should add to the list, submit them! Please note these are not the best Animation Books, that is a completely separate category. These are more technical and are not meant to teach the Principles of Animation. Anyway, here is my list of the best Maya animation books. [Read more…]

Review of Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation by Wayne Gilbert

While attending Animation Mentor, I was turned onto this book by a few animators.  The book provides various simplified characters that anyone can draw.  It is great for individuals that are not too confident in their drafting abilities.  While it may be more beneficial to those creating 3d animation, the book gives easy to follow examples that any animator can apply to their workflow. Mr. Gilbert takes you from start to finish on basic drawing tools you need to successfully thumbnail your shot.  The moral of this book is that it is okay to simplify. Keep it Simple Stupid.  This simple concept increases workflow productivity and relieves stress.  Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation reminds the reader that the goal of planning is to quickly boil down the essence of a pose.  However, as I stated before, the examples show that anyone can plan effectively, even those not great at more traditional gestural drawing.  Personally, I like to look at this book whenever I feel stuck or I am over complicating my thumbnails.  Planning should be fun, not scary, and free for expression.  Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation reminds you of that every time you open the cover.
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