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robertoortiz
10-02-2013, 11:41 AM
Book Recommendation: The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design


Hi Guys,



Maurice Noble was an American background artist and layout designer whose contributions to the industry spanned more than 60 years. He was a long-time associate of animation director Chuck Jones, most notably at Warner Bros. in the 1950s. His work contributed to such cartoon classics as Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, What's Opera, Doc?, and the Road Runner series.(Wikipedia)

I recently got his book and I cannot recommend it enough. It is an incredible document that chronicles his life and presents in details his design philosophy for animation.

The content of the book is SO GOOD, (specially the chapter on animation color theory), that I am convinced that this book will stand proudly the animation bibles (Illusion of Life, Animators Survival Kit) and become a must read for anyone interested in animation design.





Here is amazon.com link:

http://www.amazon.com/Noble-Approach-Maurice-Animation-Design/dp/1452102945/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380734720&sr=1-1&keywords=the+noble+approach

From amazon:

This extraordinary volume examines the life and animation philosophy of Maurice Noble, the noted American animation background artist and layout designer whose contributions to the industry span more than 60 years and include such cartoon classics as Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½th Century, What's Opera, Doc?, and The Road Runner Show. Revered throughout the animation world, his work serves as a foundation and reference point for the current generation of animators, story artists, and designers. Written by Noble's longtime friend and colleague Tod Polson and based on the draft manuscript Noble worked on in the years before his death, this illuminating book passes on his approach to animation design from concept to final frame, illustrated with sketches and stunning original artwork spanning the full breadth of his career





I strongly suggest for all you to check out this amazing book.



-R