Though this reference is in English, it illustrates effects for natural phenomena in a way that is extremely easy to understand. This is a very useful book for students of 2D and 3D animation alike. There is a Japanese version and a Kindle version.
My purpose for the list as a whole was to make a list of texts that teach how to create motion with pictures. When you teach animation, you often receive questions about how to do that. So, we have created a list of reference material that can lead to practical knowledge. The selector supplied this list from her production experience, which spans more than 30 years. We hope that students will use these materials at the early stages of learning—looking, understanding, and applying—and will acquire practical knowledge about “moving,” a useful foundation for their creative activities.
- Oda, Takashi. Beautiful, Artistic Anatomy, Genkosha, 2018.
- Michel, Lauricella. Morpho, Eyrolles, 2014.
- Animation 6 nin no kai. The Animation Book: Basic Knowledge on Drawing Moving Pictures and the Reality of Drawing (rev.ed.), Godo Shuppan, 2010.
- Whitaker, Harold and Halas, John. Timing for Animation, Focal Press, 1983.
- Kyoto Animation. The Kyoto Animation Guide to Drawing, Kyoto Animation, 2010.
- James, Gurney. Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012.
- Gilland, Joseph. Elemental Magic, Volume Ⅱ: The Technique of Special Effects Animation, Routledge, 2011.
- Richard, Garvey-Williams. National Geographic: Mastering Composition: The Definitive Guide for Photographers, Nikkei National Geographic, 2017.
- Muybridge, Eadweard. The Human Figure in Motion, Dover publications, 1955.
- Muybridge, Eadweard. Animals in Motion, Dover publications, 1957.