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RefPack034: Wonderful Things For Inspiration and Study!

Reference Pack

We just posted Reference Pack 034 to our Members Only Page. Every other month, Animation Resources shares a new Reference Pack with its members. They consist of an e-book packed with high resolution scans and video downloads set up for still frame study. Make sure you download the Reference Packs before they’re updated. When it’s gone, it’s gone!


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<Rudolf Wilke

This time our Reference Pack is jam packed with incredible things to study and inspire you. First of all, we are sharing a rare portfolio of caricatures by Rudolf Wilke. Even though he only lived to be 35 years old, Wilke made a lasting impact on the world of cartooning. This portfolio of cartoons, titled “Gesindel” (which translates to “Riff-Raff”) was published as a memorial to Wilke upon his death, and it represents some of his best work.

Rudolf Wilke


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8 Headed Dragon
8 Headed Dragon

And that is just the beginning… The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon was released in Japan in 1963. The sixth animated feature produced by Toei Animation, it was filmed in ToeiScope, an anamorphic widescreen format similar to CinemaScope. This landmark film is often cited as one of the best Japanese animated features, and I’m sure you can recognize its influence on Genddy Tartakovsky’s “Samurai Jack”. The design, color, animation and effects are marvelous to study and learn from. You won’t want to miss this.

8 Headed Dragon8 Headed Dragon


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Tex Avery Influence

RefPack034 also includes a pair of cartoons illustrating the impact Tex Avery had on the business in the late 40s. The mark of a great director isn’t just the innovation in his own work; it’s the influence he has on his peers. Avery had a profound effect on every studio he worked for… and even some he didn’t! Along with these cartoons is an extensive essay to put the films in context and suggest scenes for you to still frame and study.

Tex Avery Influence


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Zim Course Volume Four

Our bonus download this month is one of the most important e-books we have ever shared. The “Zim Correspondence School of Comic Art and Caricature” packs a lifetime of experience into twenty small booklets. There are no chapters or formal lessons, just common-sense advice and lots and lots of brilliant drawings. Zim teaches his students the same way he learned his trade, one step at a time. Each page is a self-contained bit of sagely advice, intended to be studied a page or two a day. As readers work their way though the course over the span of a year, the information accumulates, gradually transforming them from a talented amateur to a seasoned professional artist. No one was more qualified to teach students how to think like an artist than Eugene Zimmerman.


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Zim 4

At Animation Resources, our Advisory Board includes great artists and animators like Ralph Bakshi, Will Finn, J.J. Sedelmeier and Sherm Cohen. They’ve let us know the things that they use in their own self study so we can share them with you. That’s experience you just can’t find anywhere else. The most important information isn’t what you already know… It’s the information you should know about, but don’t know yet. We bring that to you every other month.


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