They Drew As They Pleased – Didier Ghez Interview

They Drew as They Pleased is the first in what promises to be a revealing and fascinating series of books about Disney’s largely unexamined concept artists, with six volumes spanning the decades between the 1930s and 1990s.

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This is a fascinating book full of incredible art. I had the opportunity to work with Didier on his Walt’s People interview series a few years ago, and I must say I haven’t met another individual with his passion and enthusiasm for animation history. It was a pleasure to sit down with him and ask him a few questions about the book, as well as what to look forward to in future volumes.

On Animation will be giving away a copy of the book to celebrate its release. Keep an eye on our social media feeds for your chance to win.

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The Art of Loish – Kickstarter

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Funded in two hours, and still going strong, The Art of Loish explores the art and technique of Dutch animation artist, Lois van Baarle. Lois writes: Continue reading

Movement & Form Available for Pre-Order

Samantha Youssef’s highly anticipated book, Movement & Form – The Youssef Drawing Syllabus, is close to it’s release date. The book, which was recently backed on Kickstarter, goes to print this week. Pre-orders are open until August 30th.

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Andreas Vesalius’ The Fabrica

A fascinating look into the earliest anatomical references created. Especially considering the wealth of anatomical resources we have at our disposal these days.


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To the Sea by Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson brings his charming style to his first (of many) children’s book, To the Sea. You might remember Cale’s short film, ‘Lil’ Red’, released two years ago.


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Movement & Form – Kickstarter

Late last year Samantha Youssef announced her upcoming drawing syllabus, The Youssef Drawing Syllabus – Movement & Form. This morning she launched her aforementioned Kickstarter, and it’s already off to a stellar start. Stop by and show your support to claim your copy of what is sure to become a staple among figure drawing students from the moment it’s released.

Samantha also hosted a live demo/critique session today support the Kickstarter launch, which you can watch below:

Anatomy for Sculptors / Human Atlas 360

Anatomy for Sculptors is hands down the best anatomy reference book I have seen. The book was recently Kickstarted by Sandis Kondrats and Uldis Zarins. These men are both incredible artists, and experts in the field of anatomy. With this book, they’ve re-defined anatomy reference, and brought it forward to today’s standards of art instruction, making the subject much more interesting and understandable for today’s digital artists.

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The book contains minimal text, and instead focuses on giving you the most comprehensive views of the body, which are clearly labeled, color coded, and illustrated from every possible angle and pose. The book uses overlays to make sure you’re never second guessing the images, and wherever there is a distinction or variation in gender or race, it’s clearly illustrated. Just take a look at the video and images below, and you’ll see, as an artist, you need this book on your shelf.

If that weren’t enough, most of the images seen above, while also included in the book, were pulled from the official website, which is an incredible resource for artists in itself. There you’ll find dozens of images just like these, as well as links to more incredible anatomy resources around the web. The super keen can even purchase plaster casts directly from the site to sharpen their eyes with more focused study.

A book like this is well overdo, as many 3d interactive anatomy resources are already popping up all over the web. Not to be outdone, Sandis has already joined the fray and is currently Kickstarting a new project entitled, “Human Atlas 360.” The rewards of backing this project include a copy of Anatomy for Sculptors, so don’t miss your chance to get a great deal on both of these incredible resources.