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Cooperative Collection Development -- CCD: Animation & Illustration

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The LEGO Animation Book

Have you ever wondered what your LEGO creations would look like on the big screen? The LEGO Animation Book will show you how to bring your models to life with stop-motion animation no experience required! Follow step-by-step instructions to make your first animation, and then explore the entire filmmaking process, from storyboards to post-production. Along the way, you ll learn how to: Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures Convey action and emotion with your minifigure actors Design sets for animation make three buildings look like an entire city! Light, frame, and capture consistent photos Add detail and scope to your films by building in different scales Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks Choose cameras, software, and other essential animation tools Dive into the world of animation and discover a whole new way to play! For ages 10+

Manga Art for Beginners

Have you spent years admiring manga drawing and wondering how to draw cool stuff, but you haven't known how to make it on your own? This book by Danica Davidson and illustrated by the amazing Melanie Westin will guide you to drawing your own manga. These two help you find your why and include how to draw for adult beginners in this book. They also include how to draw anime for beginners, how to draw cartoon comic strips, how to draw tigers, and more.  This cartoon drawing guide will be especially useful for the beginner cartoon artist. This belongs on any anime bookshelf and can help readers create a book. Learn more about the art of manga with Danica Davidson and Melanie Westin in Manga Art for Beginners: How to Create Your Own Manga Drawings.

Crayola® Art of Color

Through examples of famous artwork, both classic and modern, young readers will come to understand and appreciate how artists use color to evoke emotions and convey meaning. Features highlight Crayola ® colors throughout the book. Now available in Spanish! Con ejemplos de obras de arte famosas clásicas y modernas, los jóvenes lectores comprenderán y apreciarán cómo los artistas utilizan el color para evocar emociones y transmitir significado. Las características destacan los colores Crayola ® en todo el libro. ¡Ahora en español!

Drawing Anime Faces and Feelings

Big facial expressions are essential to anime and manga. They can be much more eloquent than printed words for getting an emotional response out of viewers. However, faces can be challenging. With this book, improve your anime-drawing skills with instruction for facial features and expressions for a wide variety of ages, character types, hair styles and activities. With 800 different facial expressions, you'll be able to draw your character in any emotional situation or with any reaction.

The Films of Pixar Animation Studio

Almost 30 years since its inception, Pixar movies continue to demonstrate and celebrate how emotionally engaging the animated film can be. This is a book about why animation moves the heart and the mind. The Films of Pixar Animation Studio offers the reader and animation enthusiast a one-stop handbook to the studio's work, discussing each film in great detail. Each Pixar feature film is explored in terms of creative choices made by the films' producers, writers, directors and animators from the first bright idea through to final realisation.

How This Collection Is Used in My School

Students utilize this CCD to learn more about animation and illustration. There are practical guides to how to draw, paint, and animate. There are also career guides, and creative works that focus on what it is like to be active in these fields. The goal is to allow students to see themselves as potential creators of animated and graphic works in various capacities. 

Curator info

Ashley Hawkins, Campus Librarian

Tilden Campus Library

5800 Tilden Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11203


Titles in the Citywide Digital Library

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Websites of Interests

  • Misako Rocks: Misako Rocks is a Japanese manga artist living in NYC who offers virtual lessons in how to create manga.
  • Sketchpad: Free online drawing application for all ages. Create digital artwork to share online and export to popular image formats JPEG, PNG, SVG, and PDF.
  • First Second Books YouTube Channel: In First Second's #SketchSchool​​ series, you'll see your favorite graphic novelists draw their characters and create graphic worlds right in front of your eyes! You can follow along and try to learn new skills, or just watch the magic happen.
  • Pypah's Art YouTube Channel: Pypah is a freelance animator and illustrator trying to create a comfortable, safe and healing space for you to relax.

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