These are such energetic drawings! When i took the class acting for animators unfortunately the teachers had no idea what they were doing. I've learned far more from this blog than some expensive class- oh woe is me!
Kali: Most of these drawings were done off a live-action CD-Rom that came with the book. The disc showed an actor doing pretty much what he's doing here.I think Hook's idea was that all theatrical, larger-than-life gestures, even animated ones, are built up from eight Laban "eforts." Frankly I don't see the usefulness of this but I'm a sucker for theories and if the studio paid for the classes I'd go.
Is this post a dig at my recent animation? ;)Seriously, one cannot have too many reference resources. Even ass-backwards books or courses do you leave you with at least one nugget or two.
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Hey uncle eddie, nice post. Is this book truly worth a buy for a college bum on a budget? (as opposed to other acting for animators books)...I just purchased the Arijon book on Filmic Language from amazon.com and can't wait to get it!
"Laban"? More like LameSometimes you just got to keep it simple and not overthink things.Most animators would be better served to buy a box set of Harold Lloyd, Chaplin, or Keaton films than spend Money on Hooks book. The over-the-top posing, acting, and staging in the silent era has much more to do with animation than the "eight Laban efforts".
RyanK: I think TSevens is right, more or less. If you're a funny cartoonist on a budget you'd be better off using your money for DVD reference.
That's what I'm doing! Haha
Eddie!I love your Gesture and Hand Drawings!Even your roughs are sooo Inspired!
these are great! my favorite ones are the gliders. The way the guy has his hands out like he is cutting through air is hilarious.
I am reminded of the great master thespian dabbers of the early 20th century. They could dab anything.
Hey, I was a theatre major. We used Laban exercises in acting class. Interesting to see that it's crossed over into animation.
Wow, these drawings are so real.
But did you like the book?
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