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Book Summary

Hi, my name is Fabian Molina. I wrote a book on character animation. This book gives you a glimpse into my long, highly caffeinated nights, hovering over my animation desk with my headphones on, sometimes almost nude. Animation is a highly internal process and takes a huge amount of patience. As I work, I’m asking myself questions and making hundreds of split second decisions—some I’m aware of and some that are subconscious. What I will try to do is bring them out of me for you to learn from, dissect or even critique. So please, join me on this journey of revelation and insight as I show a side of myself that even some of my closest friends never get to see.

I have been working in the games industry and teaching college animation courses for about 3 years now. Over the course of these years and some more I have been searching the bookshelves for a book that explained the creative process with animation at the heart. I was never able to find such a book. What I found over the years were several "how to" books that get very technical about character animation. Aside from short articles or filmed lectures nothing really existed that fit what I was looking for. Frustration aside, I knew I had to write a book that fit what I was looking for and explained why I am who I am, why I animate, and why I make the decisions I do when animating.

Animating in the Nude is for everyone, not just animators. It is not a textbook but I hope that you will be able to learn a lot from it. It is a place where I explored my creative process, and what I look for in my work. Sometimes it can be easy to create something from nothing, but creating something with lasting value is one of the hardest things to do. As artists, designers, and creative minds, I know it is difficult to do, but by staying inspired by everything around us we can continue to create works of true value to the masses. With this book I explain my attempts of doing so with the art form of animation.


Fabian's knowledge and first hand experience's are as if you get a chance to see what the wizard behind the curtain was doing all along. This book provides the right kind of behind the scenes look and thinking that make it necessary to succeed at any level - be it beginner, student, hobbyist or weathered professional. It's a refreshing and personal look at what it takes to accomplish the illusion of life and the principles that are carved in stone from those that came before us."

Mark McDonnell Character Designer and Instructor (author of "The art and Feel of Making it Real")

Fabian Molina is a superb draftsman who has shown us his story driven character designs in his first release “Sketch or Die”. Now he gives his golden insight on character animation in “Animating in the Nude!” Rather than a “how to” book, we encompass a journey of personal experiences on the process of animation and provocative theories that will both intrigue and inspire people entering the world of animation. Fabian’s passion for animation and design is showcased in this book. A must have for the animator’s library.

Joe Weatherly Animal draftsman and Painter (author of Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals)

Animating in the Nude - A Stripped down guide to animation



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