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Techniques and Tools for the Aspiring Artist

By Benjamin Bratt

  1. ISBN: 9780240817040
  2. Publication Date: February 2011
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 292
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    • £26.99 (GBP)
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Master what it takes to make your rotoscoping and digital painting blend seamlessly into each shot. Through illustrious four color presentation, the book features step-by-step instruction on the artistic techniques of rotoscoping and digital painting with lessons on:

*Articulate mattes

*Digital paint in moving footage

*Motion tracking

*Advanced rotoscoping and digital paint techniques, and much more

It also features practical insight on the subject and industry, delving into:

*The history and evolution of rotoscoping and the role of the rotoscoper

*A typical day in the life of a rotoscoper

*How to get a job as a rotoscoper

Author Bio

Benjamin Bratt is a visual effects artist based out of Dallas, Texas who has worked as a digital artist on recent movies such as Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Race to Witch Mountain, Obsessed, and The Proposal. He is currently the lead compositor at Radium/Reel FX in Dallas. Clients include the Dallas Cowboys, Coors, Ram Truck, and more. Benjamin has also taught Visual Effects and Rotoscoping classes at the Academy of Art.


"This book is very well written. Everything is covered in great detail, yet it is a very enjoyable read, never boring, and offers plenty of wit and wisdom from someone who has himself been in the trenches. He more recently supplied roto work on such notable films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and X-Men: First Class. Rotoscoping is certainly an art in itself, and Benjamin makes this clear. Roto artists are the "ninja of the compositing world," he says, as their art is invisible to the rest of us. That's a good thing in this instance, of course! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in roto work, or roto artists who want to improve their work process. There is plenty to be gained from having this book in your library, and, quite simply, there is no other book like this one out there. Thanks Benjamin!"


Chapter 1: Origins of Roto

Chapter 2: Defining the Terms

Chaper 3: Rotoscoping Software

Chapter 4: Pre-Shot Warm-Up

Chapter 5: Key Framing Techniques

Chapter 6: Creating Splines

Chapter 7: Edge Consistency

Chapter 8: Object Mode Transforms

Chapter 9: Interpolation and Linear Movement

Chapter 10: Blur

Chapter 11: Checking Your Mattes

Chapter 12: Tracking and Roto

Chapter 13: Roto and the Human Figure

Chapter 14: Faces and Heads

Chapter 15: Hair (Or: Bald People Are Great)

Chapter 16: Human Movement

Chapter 17: Clothing

Chapter 18: Keeping Focus and Getting Work