May 3, 2009
Joseph Gilland's Amazing Effects Book!
Joseph Gilland's definitive manual on the Art of Special Effects Animation is pretty much the only guide out there for 2D FX animators, it's a great read with fantastic visuals, with plenty of references from Michel Gagne.
Buy it here on Amazon.
This is the book description:
A richly illustrated full-color guide to creating stunning hand-drawn and digital special effects by Joseph Gilland, whose work has been seen in films such as Lilo & Stitch, Mulan, and Brother Bear. Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. 'Elemental Magic' is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects and how to apply these skills to your digital projects.