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Cartooning Animation 1

Cartooning Animation 1

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By Preston Blair. Published by Walter Foster. 

Softcover, 40 pages, B&W, 2019 (originally published 1980)

Learn the basics of cartoon animation from acclaimed animator Preston Blair with Animation 1!
Join acclaimed cartoon animator Preston Blair as he explains and demonstrates the magic of cartoon animation. Learn to develop a cartoon character’s shape, personality, features, and mannerisms; how to create movements, such as walking, running, skipping, and sneaking; and tips on using lines of action and creating realistic motion. From cartooning basics to more advanced animation techniques, Animation 1 is a welcome introduction for artists ready to bring their drawings to life. Full of step-by-step sketches, tips, and drawing techniques, this is a comprehensive guide that no cartoon animation enthusiast should be without.

Subjects covered in Animation 1 are:


  • Tools & Materials
  • Construction of the Head
  • The Stretch & Squash Principle
  • Facial Expressions
  • Line of Action
  • The Skeleton Foundation
  • Hand Construction
  • Character Construction
  • The “Pugnacious” Character
  • The “Cute” Character
  • The “Screwball” Type
  • The “Goofy” Character
  • Movement of Body Masses
  • Birds
  • Taking Flight
  • The “Take”
  • Movements of the Two-Legged Figure
  • Movements of the Four-Legged Figure
  • Front & Rear Views of Movements
  • The Skip
  • The Sneak
  • The Walk & The Run
  • Dialogue


Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers an easy-to-follow guide that introduces artists to basic tools and materials and includes simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Animation 1 allows artists to widen the scope of their abilities, demonstrating how to animate a character, from character development to movement and dialogue.
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