Animation is one of the most exciting film styles and has really come a long way in the last century. Over this time, some amazing animation studios have taken centre stage including Disney, Dreamworks and Aardman. In our range of brilliant animation books, we have companion books on these top studios and guides for you to try working with animation yourself. From hand-drawn to stop-motion to CGI, animation has appeared in many forms and continues to be one of the most interesting forms of filmmaking.
Books on Disney Animation:
A Disney Sketchbook is a brilliant tribute to Disney's animated films as it moves through the designs and illustrations of key characters in the studio's history. The idea behind the book is an imagined sketchbook passed down through all the most significant Disney animators with each contributing their illustrations to it as they go along. The book is filled with illustrations of characters from the studio's most well-known films and makes a wonderful present for Disney fans and those looking to learn to draw cartoons alike.
If you are seeking a guide to teach you how to draw like a top Disney animator, Andreas Deja's book is a great choice. He brings together Walt Disney's team of core animators or his 'Nine Old Men' as he called them with analyses and information on each of their contributions to Disney history. These 'Nine Old Men' are known for the 12 basic principles of animation and Andreas includes drawings and insights into each of their techniques as animators for you to learn from yourself in your own animation projects. And, as Andreas Deja is a Disney master animator himself, this book really does allow you learn from the experts.
Book on Dreamworks Animation:
This book is the perfect companion for anyone who appreciates the skill behind Dreamworks' best-loved films, including Shrek, Prince of Egypt, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. Digging into the Dreamworks archives, the book features concept art and character sketches rarely seen by the public. With essays and commentaries from some of the most influential directors and artists to have worked with Dreamworks, no stone is unturned in exploring the fascinating history and production of these unforgettable films.
Book on Aardman Animation:
This book on the UK's most recognisable animation studio is an absolute must for anyone wanting to work in stop-motion animation. Examining the role of stop-motion in TV and film, this book is both a guide on how to create stop-motion animation and a study into the success of this studio. This book is just as interesting and unique as the studio the book is about.
Now that you've had a chance to study some of the best in the business, take a look at our animation guides so that you can become just as amazing at animation as them:
Focusing on how to become an expert visual storyteller, this brilliant guide from a former Disney animator is great for learning all about the different aspects needed to create a great animated feature, from how to use colour to how to work with cartoon physics.
Richard E. Williams
Richard E. Williams has been working in animation for nearly 50 years and in that time he has been witness to many changes in animation styles, the biggest change being the shift from hand-drawn to computer-generated animation. After having taught countless masterclasses on the topic, Richard brings his expertise to you in this excellent animation guide, perfect for those just starting out or for long-time animators alike.
To find more brilliant animation guides for you to explore, take a look through our full range of animation books.