Quick Sketching with Ron Husband
Sketching tips for everyone
By Ko Maruyama
The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too.
He runs drawing workshops all over the world too.
You should know this because Ron is not only a top notch animator and illustrator, but his talent to convey methods for observing form and action are also brilliant.
Being able to understand or reevalutate some of the topics Ron talks about are important for anyone who wants to pursue sketching to evaluate action and character. Whether there is action or inaction, props or none, positive volumes or negative space, Ron explains, shows, and reveals the balance and importance of elements in his subjects.
If you're a beginner, hoping to take up animation or enjoy sketching, the lessons and examples in this book will gently guide you into the potential you can achieve with practice and constant work.
If you've already been drawing for a longer time, this book offers even more. Strangely, you'll find yourself considering all of those fundamental lessons that you may have thought you remembered. It made me really happy to see these again, confirming and reminding me how much fun sketching can be. It reminded me how important that sketching is to animation too.
The book inspires me to go out to the mall and draw all weekend. It inspires me to continue to sketch often - which will surely lead to more animation as well.
If you want to pursue animation or illustration from the start, or if you'd like to change up the way you approach your own sketching, check out this book. You can't miss it. It's Quick Sketching with Ron Husband - by Ron Husband and about Quick Sketching. Blanks pages in the back of the book will tempt you if you're standing in the bookstore reading it (also a good place for some quicksketches).