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Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts, 2nd Edition by Nancy Beiman

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Color My World: Art Direction and Storytelling

“Griselda woke up feeling blue. The violet vault sparkled with a billion points of white as the blotched banana of the moon rose behind the gray ramparts of the Castle Preposterous. Suddenly she espied Cyril and Cynthia gamboling through the forsythia. Griselda turned green with envy and then rose in a red rage since she'd never approved of gamboling.…”

— “ Purple Prose,” excerpted from the unpublished romance novel Love's Annoying Ache

Color can convey symbolic meanings that add depth and resonance to characters and stories. An animated character can literally start out ‘blue’, then turn green and red in rapid succession. Color changes describe a character's emotional state even when they appear ...

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