Thursday, May 04, 2006
Media: Preston Blair's Animation First Edition
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Preston Blair's Animation (Book 1) is the best "how to" book on cartoon animation ever published. When Blair put the book together in 1947, he used the characters he had animated at Disney and MGM to illustrate the various basic principles of animation. Apparently, the rights to use some of the characters were revoked after the book was already in the stores. Publication was halted for a time, and he was forced to redraw most of the MGM characters, replacing them with generic characters of his own design. The revised edition went on to become a classic, and the first edition was forgotten.
Animation historian, Jerry Beck, whose excellent blog Cartoon Brew is in the bookmarks of just about everyone in the animation business, has been hunting for a first edition of Blair's landmark book for many years. He finally found a copy in a collection of material that belonged to legendary animator, Dave Tendlar. If you are familiar with the revised edition, you're in for a treat. Pull out your copy and compare it to these scans...
For more on Preston Blair's "Animation", see... Part Two
Marc Deckter of Duck Walk has posted side by side comparisons of the first edition and revised edition of this book, so you can clearly see the difference. Check it out at...
Preston Blair's Variations On A Theme
In his blog Goober Sleave, Kevin Langley has identified that some of the drawings in the book derive from MGM model sheets. See...
MGM Model Sheet Sources
If you don't have Preston Blair's book yet, Get It Now! No cartoonist, aspiring or professional should be without it. If this book was good enough for Dave Tendlar, it's good enough for you.
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