Chapter 10Earth and Outer Space

If your animation involves the great outdoors, chances are you’ll need to know something about Earth. We walk on its lands, swim its waters and fly through the air every day, but a more detailed understanding of its formation can help a great deal when representing it in your art.

And of course, the magic and mystery of outer space has captured artists’ imaginations for centuries. The intensely violent processes that formed our universe (and also our planet) continue on much as they have for billions of years, giving us a marvelously enormous canvas that’s both visually rich and ripe for interpretation.

Earth Today

The same forces that formed the landscape on Earth over the last several millions of years are still ...

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