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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Draw the Looney Tunes: The Warner Bros. Character Design Manual

This is “not the usual art book; this book about character design was created by artists for artists, and speaks to them in their own language.”
You should know at least the basics of drawing for this book to be of help to you. If you are already an artist and if you know something of anatomy and what it means to “feel” a pencil line, this book is a nice addition to your library.
Not exactly the size of a coffee table book, it is in the format that a character design book would be in an animation studio, which makes it almost those dimensions. It is not a step-by-step how to draw Bugs Bunny “Foster book” kind of thing, although Bugs is almost the only character the book talks about, but it is a textbook.
According to Romanelli, it was created for the artists and freelancers in the Warner Bros. commercial division. These artists are illustrators, as differentiated from animators. They draw one pose at a time for a specific reason; an ad, poster, DVD cover, whatever. And they are highly talented and educated artists, so you beginners don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the point of some of the exercises. Keep drawing, and you will. As Romanelli says, “What you’ll find in these pages is an open vault of information and inspiration about the process (of character design.)”
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