Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. 'Elemental Magic' is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects and how to apply these skills to your digital projects.

chapter Chapter 1|14 pages

A Brief History of Classical Animated Special Effects

chapter Chapter 2|57 pages

The Art of Drawing and Animating Special Effects

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

The Specific Effects Categories

chapter Chapter 4|74 pages


chapter Chapter 5|64 pages

Fire, Smoke, and Explosions

chapter Chapter 6|23 pages


chapter Chapter 7|44 pages

Props and Everything

chapter Chapter 8|3 pages

The Last element