Synopses & Reviews
Here is a rare homage to the art of classic 2–D animation and the time–honored method of hand–drawing characters that come alive on the silver screen. The creator of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama," reveals the art of brilliant character design, backgrounds, and prop art in this lavishly detailed handbook that unveils the complex secrets behind the deceptively simple and universally loved Simpsons characters. With creative insights, artists' sketches, helpful insider hints, and step–by–step instructions, enter the imagination of "master doodler" Matt Groening and receive some professional "how–to" advice from many of the animators and directors who have made "The Simpsons" the longest–running animated show and situation comedy in television history. In our technological era when animation has become increasingly digitalized, this unique handbook records the genesis of some of the most extraordinary examples of the art of hand–drawn animated characters.
From basic lines and circles to vivid character illustrations, The Simpsons Handbook is a tribute to the time-honored tradition of hand-drawn animation. This lavishly detailed artist's manual unveils the complex secrets behind the deceptively simple and universally loved "Simpsons" characters. With creative insights, artist' sketches, helpful insider hints, and step-by-step instructions, enter the imagination of master doodler Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons," and receive some professional "how-to" advice from many of the animators and directors who have made the show the comedic standard, as well as the longest running animated show and situation comedy in television history.
From lines and circles to richly illustrated characters, here is a tribute to hand-drawn animation that records the genesis of some of the most extraordinary examples of the art form.
About the Author
Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Simpsons, as well as creator of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell" and the animated POX television series Futurama, is the man responsible for bringing animation to prime time. In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of their four comic books—Simpsons Comics, Itchy & Scratchy Comics, Bartman, and Radioactive Man.