Elemental Magic, Volume 1: The Art of Special Effects by Joseph Gilland

By Joseph Gilland

Create notable lively results resembling fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical adjustments. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the area of lighting tricks animation with transparent step by step diagrams and factors on how one can create the superb and compelling pictures you spot at the significant monitor. 'Elemental Magic' is choked with wealthy, unique illustrations from the writer himself which aid clarify and remove darkness from the method, philosophy, and procedure in the back of classical hand drawn lively results and the way to use those talents in your electronic tasks. <BR id="CRLF"><BR id="CRLF">

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A quality effects drawing should always start this way! 43 44 ELEMENTAL MAGIC Sensitivity to style is another crucial layer in the effects animation process, which determines how the look of the drawings fit in with the art direction of a film. It’s also important to realize what purpose the effects are serving in any particular scene. In most cases, effects are used simply to add a subtle sense of realism to a scene, as with shadows, lighting, or reflection effects. A basic splash should never draw undue attention to itself if the audience’s attention is intended to focus on a character in the scene.

There is a tendency for the new effects artist to “noodle” THE ART OF DRAWING AND ANIMATING SPECIAL EFFECTS On the left we see an iconic symbol for water, with its scalloped, repetitive shapes, as we might see on a theatre set, or in a children’s story book. Real water looks more like the random shapes on the right. Here on the left we see the iconified “hot-rod” flames that we typically see on the gas tank of a motorcycle, or a pair of surf shorts. Real fire has far more chunky and unusual shapes!

During the course of their schooling, the steps of understanding natural phenomena through the practice of research, touch, feel, personal interaction, and drawing had been all but left out. This is true of both the digital visual effects animators and digital character animators entering the animation business today. The top CGI studios and directors are well aware that the study of character animation through traditional observation and drawing techniques is the best way to master the craft. I don’t think that visual effects animation is any different.

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