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Dec 4, 2008

Richard Williams Commercials

I've been meaning to look into Richard Williams' Commercial animation since I saw him in Vancouver last month. I've heard it's quite remarkable stuff. I finally got a chance to do a quick search on YouTube, and here's what I found:

Does anyone know of any more online?



Blogger Ratul Sarna said...

This is an awesome collection. I had always wanted to see Richard William's commercials as everybody on the Animation Podcast Interviews is a fan of them.

This is off topic but,,in you post, "Dont Draw Out of your Ass", you wrote, "6. Use perspective to make a good drawing better
First things first, learn perspective."
Any suggestions on how and where to learn perspective beyond knowing how to draw the classic example of 1-point 2-point and 3point perspective?

Thanx for these great posts!!

December 07, 2008 10:42 AM

Blogger Dan said...

No, that's about it. But it takes a hell of a lot of work before you can say you know 1-4pt perspective well. Just practice. There's a lot of books, and handouts on perspective on the internet. Mark Kennedy has some fantastic ones on his blog.

It's about applying that knowledge to more than just boxes and buildings. Take a look at John K's posts on solid drawing and perspective where he talks about applying these concepts to organic characters.

I'm terrible with perspective, but I plan on rectifying that in the next 6 months. Maybe I'll post up some advise as I learn. Good luck

December 07, 2008 2:39 PM

Blogger David Nethery said...

These are the only versions I know of posted online.

I've seen much better versions of these reels. One of my teachers at Sheridan College (c. 1982) , John Kratovil, was an animator at the Williams Studio, and he showed us some reels of commercials he had worked on.

Then around the time of Roger Rabbit/Oliver & Co. (1987 -'88) when Andreas Deja returned from London to begin work on The Little Mermaid he brought back with him some wonderful 3/4 inch video tapes (Beta U-Matic) of reels from Richard Williams, Oscar Grillo, Eric Goldberg (Pizzaz) and Passion Pictures. It was great seeing those ads in relatively high-resolution video. The low-res. YouTube videos don't do them justice, but it's better than nothing.

December 26, 2008 5:49 PM


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