Tuesday, September 15, 2015

INSPIRATION 22 - Glen Keane ' Nephtali '

Again we were rewarded with another project from master animator Glen Keane. 
Always an inspiration, Glen has again created another piece of work motivated by his passion for the arts 

I have posted some images of frames from his beautiful new short film ' Nephtali '

Below is the description that was posted online with the short. 
Also, I have posted the link to the short at the bottom of Glen's drawings.
There is so much appeal in his drawings, the subtly, the emotion, the strength.
Beautiful work that can only inspire.


The legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, who invented characters such as Ariel, Tarzan, Pocahontas and the Beast, perfectly remembers his first encounter with the Paris Opera : as he was sitting in a nearby cafĂ©, he could not stop drawing “the most beautiful building I had ever laid eyes on”. Dancing has always inspired his art which circles around the creation of movement, and he was excited to lift the curtain and enter a world which seemed even more magical than the performances on stage.
His film “Nephtali”, which refers to Jacob’s blessings and Psalm 42, was born from the comparison between the grace of a dancer and that of a deer. In a choreography which Glen created with Marion Barbeau, he depicts the journey of a soul that is drawn towards a higher power, fights a struggle and is eventually liberated.
By using both film and drawing, Glen Keane and Marion Barbeau manage to overcome the constraints of gravity and attain the freedom towards which a dancer’s body and spirit always aspire.

- Glen Keane

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Walt Disney explaining things ...

Love Walt's laugh while he's talking. Wish I could read the thought bubble above his head as he's answering the questions ;-) 


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Back Hurts

One of my notes to the students here at VANarts { pinned up on the student board } - reminding them to be thoughtful with how they are sitting at their desks for all those hours.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

James Baxter's Visit to Vancouver

My friends James and Kendra Baxter and family came by for a short visit. It was great showing them some of the sites around Vancouver B.C. Canada. The following day, they stopped in at the college where we teach Character Animation and where I am the head of the Story-Visual Language Course - VANarts 

James and Kendra were so generous with their time as after they spent the morning giving a Q and A with the animation students, after lunch they returned and James sat with the students to talk, draw sketches and sign some images for the students. As Kendra mentioned, he wants to make sure every student who wants to see him, is able to. James is so talented but his generosity towards the students  makes us all respect him even more. 
Below are some photos of his visit.

To see the colleges BLOG post regarding his visit click here > VANarts BLOG POST

Myself and James at the beginning of his Q and A with our students

Great shot { from our photography course at VANarts } of  James during the Q and A

Our VANarts Animation students pose with James in our schools lobby

James with our 3D senior Animation class { and yes, there's a lot more girls in animation these days than when i was in college :-) }

James signed an image from Adventure Times 'James Baxter the Horse' episode.

One of James's sketches for the students

Another little sketch and signing

Spirit sketch for another student

And another sketch. 

The 3D students put this photo together with all the sketches James had drawn for them.

He was again so thoughtful to spend so much time with our students. So thankful they were able to visit the students :-)

One of the students shot some video of James sketching for some students

click to go to James's site where he posts his work > click HERE

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Part 2 - Don Bluth - Storyboards - The Land Before Time - Tyrannosaurus Attack

Don Bluth and artists Larry Leker and Dan Kuenster worked together as the storyboard artist crew during the features 'Land Before Time' and 'an American Tail'. All 3 of them did beautiful work. This is Part 2 of the T-Rex attack seq.