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The Art of Animal Character Design

David Colman

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ISBN 10: 0979068606 / ISBN 13: 9780979068607
Published by David's Doodles, U.S.A., 2007
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Art of Animal Character Design

Publisher: David's Doodles, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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Finally, there is an art book above the rest. There are many animal drawing books out there, but none explain how to use the knowledge obtained from study in an actual trade craft. This book explores the methods, philosophies, and secrets of a top character designer in the animation industry when dealing with creating animal characters, both professional production samples and personal work make up the content.

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In his short time as a professional artist, David Colman has become a recognized and respected illustrator and character designer for the animation industry. He has been a creative force at such renowned studios as Sony Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Television Animation, Disney Television Animation, and is currently Character Design Supervisor at Cartoon Network Studios. David s first widely viewed work came at Sony Imageworks where he was brought on by Ken Ralston as a character designer for critically-acclaimed animation feature The Polar Express. He watched his characters, caribou, and wolves come to life alongside actor Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis, receiving industry kudos on his first feature film. Following Polar Express, David worked in visual development at Sony Pictures Animation on such films as Open Season and Surf s Up. Under the supervision of Marcelo Vignali and Richie Chavez, David s distinctive character design and story sketches became integral to the character development and overall look of both films. While at Sony Pictures Animation, he met renowned illustrator Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks comic strip, which is syndicated in more than 250 publications worldwide. Aaron was so inspired by David s work that he invited him to join Sony Television Animation to help develop the comic strip into an animated series. David s longtime admiration of McGruder led to his collaboration on the series launch through to its 15-episode first season. Although Boondocks was picked up for a second season, David leveraged that success along with recent character development work on Stuart Little 3 to join the Cartoon Network as Lead Character Designer for Class of 3000, a series featuring recording artist Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000 of the group Outkast. Since its premiere in November 2006, the show has remained number one in its timeslot and is currently in its second season, with a possible t

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