Enjoy! He was such a wonderful and lovely person to listen to and meet. I got to see him draw Tarzan, Ariel and Beast. I got to go to a company event, so he shook my hand signed my Tangled book and chatted with me for a little bit but I could barely get my words out.
- You want to connect, you want to put your own DNA into the picture and connect.
-Vulnerability. Telling someone who you are. Honestly revealing parts of yourself sincerely. The key to animation is sincerity. Step beyond your walls and share as an artist.
- Animation is the ultimate art form. No other art form will challenge you as much as animation can.
- You always want to be restless, I always had one foot out the door at Disney.
- it is important to not hold back and share all you have to your fellow artists. Got to keep giving it out and trust me it’ll pour right back in.
- Drawing is about feeling.
- Conveying an emotion of peacefulness is just trying to capture someone living in that moment.
- Eyes are really key to emotion.
- 3d models are just living sculptures.
- The feeling of drawing is like playing make believe and being a kid. Don’t forget this feeling.
- If things don’t feel right, flip the perspective. If it still doesn’t feel right don’t just leave it! Understand it. Conquer it. This can apply to everything.
- Make your character relatable.
- Animation is all about sculptures these days. But 2d and 3d is still all about sculpting in space. It is about making them dimensional. Like you can really reach your hand out to them and touch them.
- Characters who dream about making the impossible, possible are his favorite to animate.
- When you find something that inspires you, you got to lock unto it and hold it. Complexity shouldn’t stop us from pursuing what we want. There is no such thing as too complex.
- I have a weird view on characters like they existed before you started animating them.
- Have to have expressive brows on your character. Eyes are key to seeing inside a character.
- Don’t focus on what they are doing, but where they are going. Like with Tarzan, you never see him looking at the vine he is about to grab. But rather the vine he is going to grab next.
- “Once upon a time….” should be like telling an event as if that actually happened. Ask any kid if Ariel is real.
- When you hate something don’t just say you hate it, explain to yourself why.
- The beauty of drawing is you get to decide when you change direction. Good design is all about dramatization of change of direction.
- High point of eyebrow corresponds with highest point of eye.
- Identifying problems and moving forward. Don’t take short cuts, don’t formulate, or just do what just works. Your an artist! Find something within yourself. Don’t second guess and go with your gut feeling.
On strong poses-
- ” Plussing” a term at Disney where you would do a drawing and go to other artists to take it further. Which in the end would become a much more dynamic and stronger pose.
On dynamic force in drawings
- Animating not the form but the force of something gives you the power. Thinking with the force of the pose.
- Everything has a purpose and a reason. Keep grace and everything will fall into place.
- There is a temptation to let it go. No ones going to notice. But I can’t do that. I got to change something! And if I got fired from Disney because I cared about quality well…I’m okay with that.
Artist plateaus and pushing through them
It’s an awful frustrating time. Hitting my first wall was ” I’m a hack! I don’t know what I’m doing.” and your not getting any better. And looking at the drawing I was doing at the time just seeping out my frustration and you know what I just walked away from the desk and went to the bookstore. And I found Augustus’s drawings and fell in love and printed out all his work and wanted to draw like him.
Hitting a wall is great! It’s when your ready to draw and find new potential with your work.
- Ask yourself what is drawing. It’s whats underneath drawing. For me drawing is sculpting around in space.
- Don’t animate what the character is doing, but what the character is feeling.
Also he told this fantastic story about how he was taking his family and friends to Disney and he forgot his Disney ID and what not. So he told the teller ” Hey guy. I’m Glen Keane”. And the teller was just ” So?” and Glen was just ” You know Ariel, Beast, Tarzan?” the teller responded back with ” I don’t care who you are, get to the back of the line and pay.”
Glen was so infuriated, so when it came time for people to go on rides he opted out to fume on a bench. Well here comes Beast, you know the Disney Beast in the big ole costume just moving along and sat right next to Glen Keane. Glen nodded at beast and beast nodded back and they sort of sat in silence.
Then this little girl saw beast and came over and was ” BEAST!!” and leapt into his lap and hugged him and played with his tusks. Glen Keane then realized he was invisible. Then he thought about it, he has been invisible this whole time as an animator. And that’s how it should be.
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