My latest addition to my reference library includes Animated Performance by Nancy Beiman. This book is for anyone interested in creating successful animations. The author discusses her techniques with visual reference to strengthen the creative animator's artistry. Ms. Beiman guides the reader through a series of exercises increasing the creativeness for developing strong characters. As I read her book, I couldn’t help thinking about the animation book by Preston Blair. This book is a classic and includes some amazing sketches. Mr. Blair relies on his drawings and less on the text. I wish Ms. Beiman had more sketches and less technical descriptions to explain her thoughts about animation. Of course, these two animation books offer a contrast in style and personality. I strongly suggest looking at Nancy Beiman’s book because she offers plenty of insights for creating compelling illustration characters.