Best Books – Character Design for Production

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Character Design For Production subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Character Design For Production along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Character Design For Production subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Character Design For Production" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Peter Pan” by J M Barrie and Minalima Ltd

“Peter Pan” Book Review: This is a reimagination of a classic children’s story. This version is delightful and colourful. It has 10 removable features. The approach of redevelopment is the most intriguing one yet. All the characters of the original story are retained. Removable features include a map of Neverland, and a croc o’clock. The artwork is beautiful. This book can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

2. “Harry Potter: The Creature Vault” by Jody Revenson

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“Harry Potter: The Creature Vault” Book Review: This book is a description of how the classic books were made into movies. Every character has a detailed profile. Behind the scene pictures and secrets are included. There is a removable poster with each of the creatures shown.

3. “Rackham’s Color Illustrations for Wagner’s “Ring” (African Art Art of Illustration)” by Arthur Rackham

“Rackham’s Color Illustrations for Wagner’s “Ring” (African Art Art of Illustration)” Book Review: This book has 64 watercolor illustrations from Siegfried & The Twilight of the Gods. Illustrations from The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie are also given. This book has the original text, a dated English translation of the libretto. They have replaced descriptive captions and an introduction by James Spero.

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4. “The Dark Knight: Featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script” by Craig Byrne and DC Comics

“The Dark Knight: Featuring Production Art and Full Shooting Script” Book Review: This book is based on The Art of the Dark Knight. This is a book showing production ephemera including storyboard art. It has character sketches and Nolan’s original shooting script. It also has behind-the-scenes material.

5. “Diseno digital de personajes / Digital Character Design” by Arturo Balseiro
6. “Animated Performance: Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human and Fantasy Characters to Life (Required Reading Range)” by Nancy Beiman

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“Animated Performance: Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human and Fantasy Characters to Life (Required Reading Range)” Book Review: This book describes the process of bringing animated characters to life. Animated characters are not limited by problems that restrict human actors. It shows the variations of character movements. There are tips, examples and exercises. There are 200 illustrations showing animal and fantasy characters.

7. “Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts” by Nancy Beiman

“Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts” Book Review: This book has the methods and techniques of animation master. This book describes pre-production, story development and character design. This book explains the connection of creative character design and storyboard development. There are positive and negative examples of storyboard and character design. Interviews with leading animators are given. This book explains cinematic storytelling: camera angles, lenses, and composition.

8. “Designing Movie Creatures and Characters: Behind the scenes with the movie masters” by Richard Rickitt

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“Designing Movie Creatures and Characters: Behind the scenes with the movie masters” Book Review: This book describes the design and creation process. It explores the behind-the-scenes work. It has concept art and pencil sketch to digital sculpting and rendering.

9. “Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture” by Alexandra B Bonds

“Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture” Book Review: This book is focussed on costumes of Jingju. This is the highest form of stage arts in China. This book has theory and analysis of the costumes and the method of their selection. Use of colors and surface is described. Costume theory and design elements and their modification is studied. It discusses choosing costumes for a production and dressing actors. 250 color and black-and-white photographs and pattern drafts have been included.

10. “Game Character Modeling and Animation with 3ds Max” by Yancey Clinton

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“Game Character Modeling and Animation with 3ds Max” Book Review: This book is a stepwise guide on the subject. There are 5 major subjects studied in this book. This book includes 3D modeling, specifically for the body and head. This also describes Unwrapping a model. It describes creating textures for your Unwrapped character using Photoshop. Rigging or Skinning a Character is described. There is a topic on ‘How to make your character move’. How to actually put the model into the Unreal editor and compile it for play is also explained.

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