the secret is out! Mark has jam-packed a book full
of information on how you can work with the greatest
animation device since the WACOM tablet, a software
package called Flash! The title is The Art
of Flash Animation: Creative Cartooning, and
is now available on Amazon.com,
or directly from the publisher, Wordware.com,
a software publisher in Texas.
don't think it's ONLY about Flash. Mark set out to
write the manual not only on Flash Animation that
he wished he had to begin with, but also a primer
on animation from script to storyboards and layout,
from character design to inking, scanning, and/or
digitizing your drawings with a WACOM tablet.
even goes in-depth to talk about getting a job in
animation! In the last chapter, he interviews animators
from Turner Studios' Cartoon Network. They talk about
the importance of career networking, figure drawing,
favorite Disney animators, and more!
if all THAT wasn't enough, Mark even has a bunch
of Tales from Tangent Man, nice little anecdotes
about his own experiences getting started in animation.
(For instance, can you believe at age 16, he made
his now infamously sarcastic remark: "Animation?
That's for children!" Find out why, by reading
his book... and better yet, what film changed his
mind!) He even includes a personal wish list of great
animated films STILL not available on DVD!
What's wrong with you? You STILL haven't ordered
a copy of his book? Get to it! (Poor guy's gotta
make his car payment somehow! Seriously...)
Smith talks about his latest book, The
Art of Flash Animation: Creative Cartooning,
while also reminiscing about his career thus far
in a great interview at Animated-Views.com.