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The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation by Tod Polson

By Tod Polson

This notable quantity examines the lifestyles and animation philosophy of Maurice Noble, the famous American animation historical past artist and format fashion designer whose contributions to the span greater than 60 years and comprise such caricature classics as Duck Dodgers within the 24 ½th Century, What's Opera, Doc?, and The street Runner Show. respected during the animation global, his paintings serves as a starting place and reference aspect for the present iteration of animators, tale artists, and architects. Written by way of Noble's longtime buddy and colleague Tod Polson and in accordance with the draft manuscript Noble labored on within the years earlier than his demise, this illuminating ebook passes on his method of animation layout from inspiration to ultimate body, illustrated with sketches and beautiful unique paintings spanning the complete breadth of his profession.

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Animation industry, including Walt Disney. The flat art style Maurice developed in the 1950s was inevitably compared to the graphic films of UPA from the same period. Though both Maurice and the designers at UPA may have sometimes arrived at a similar place graphically, their basic design philosophies were quite different. In 1991 Harry McCracken asked about the influence of UPA on Maurice’s work at Warner Bros. Maurice answered: I’ll be very frank and say I don’t believe I was influenced by UPA at all.

As great of an artist as Maurice was, he was an even greater human being. The text for this book started years ago when Maurice began working with a group of us at Chuck Jones Film Productions. At eighty-three years old, when most men his age were, in Maurice’s words, “dead, or enjoying their retirement,” Maurice was concerned with training a new generation of designers. He would look at our work and, instead of simply talking to us, would write long notes about what he felt were the strengths and weaknesses of our designs.

Chouinard, Henri Matisse, Braque, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Brueghel, Hieronymus Bosch, Arthur Rackham, and Adam and Eve. The real art of animation is filled with ideas and beauty and is a never-ending joy. MAURICE NOBLE LA CRESCENTA, CALIFORNIA Portrait by Yousuf Karsh Maurice and Tod doing some serious research in Turkey. Examples of Maurice’s notes on which the Noble Approach is based. PROLOGUE A Design and Life Philosophy “Originality is a quality over which an artist has as little influence as over the shape and distinction of his features.

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