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The Importance of Drawing

It must be stated right up front that The Animator’s Sketchbook is not a book that teaches you how to draw. That’s something you’ll hopefully have learned already-or if not, something you should consider more seriously. You don’t need to be able to draw like Rembrandt or Leonardo da Vinci, of course. But it is extremely valuable for any creative person to know their way around a pencil-even if they work in CG or another nondrawing animated discipline eventually. The “humble pencil” is the finest hardware ever created to express an idea or put down a concept for later development. Indeed, pretty much most creations tend to begin with a simple pencil sketch or thumbnail scribble at the start of their conception. So master animators of the future, you neglect the power of the pencil at your own risk!