Book Review: Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes

Book Review: Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes

Drawn to Life is a collection of lectures from long-time Disney animator Walt Stanchfield (wikipedia link). He has worked for Disney since the 1950s.

There are two volumes, each with over 400 pages. The reason for two volumes is probably to make the books easier to handle. Both are on gesture and life drawing, even though the cover art might suggest otherwise, especially the one with the lion. You can start reading from any book and any lecture. The order isn't important.

There are plenty of essays in the books. Each is a lesson relating to drawing and animation. It can be tangent drawings, creating believable characters, learning to observe, understanding gestures, etc. There are tips on almost anything relating to drawing. Loose and sketchy sketches serves as examples to the lessons.

These books are more thinking than drawing technique books. For example, the lessons are not about how to draw perspective, the lessons are about how to use perspective. You can view sample pages for volume one and volume two on amazon.com to get an idea.

The books represent a tremendous wealth of information and insight into drawing, animation and observation. After all, Walt Stanchfield has more than 50 years of experience in animation. This book is recommended to those who are into animation and drawing.

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I just ordered both volumes -

I just ordered both volumes - can't wait to receive 'em!

Parka - if you can find more good gesture drawing books - that would be so appreciated!

By the way - I'd like to order books from your amazon links so you can a little commission - but they're all .com and I use UK because I'm in Europe.

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