Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Glen Keane

Today we spotlight animation legend Glen Keane, best known for the designs for characters like Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective), Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocohantas, Long John Silver, and Rapunzel. The son of comic-strip legend Bill Keane (Family Circus), Glen got his start working with the legendary Ollie Johnston on the characters Bernard and Penny in The Rescuers then followed that up by animating Elliot in Petes Dragon. Beyond animation, Keane created a series of Christian childrens books starring his character Adam Raccoon.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Art of Brave

Brave is the next big movie from Disney-Pixar as well as Pixar's first fairy tale film. Out June 22, 2012, it tells the story of  Princess Merida, a skilled archer, who defies an age-old custom, unleashing chaos and fury in the kingdom. After asking an eccentric old Wise Woman for help, she unleashes a beastly curse and has to undo the spell before it is too late. In anticipation for the film I bring you some of the amazing concept art being churned out. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Winsor McCay Wednesday: February 25th 1906

Today will be the last Winsor McCay Wednesday for a while. If enough readers want more, they may return sooner than later. Just let me know by posting comments . Without further adieu.....
From February 25th, 1906...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Bruce Timm

Today our spotlight is on Bruce Timm, the writer and artist behind the animated DC universe. Timm got his start in animation working on series like Blackstar, Flash Gordon, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe before moving on to work for the likes of  Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth Productions then he made the jump to Warner Bros. At Warner Bros he worked on Tiny Toon Adventures then, along with Eric Radomski, co-created the phenominal Batman: the Animated Series. His style was carried on to Superman: the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Justice League. Along with writer Paul Dini he created the character Harley Quinn. In comics, he and Dini won the Eisner Award for Batman Adventures: Mad Love and again the next year for  Batman Adventures Holiday Special. He is also a popular cover and pin-up artist and has done short stories featuring Black Canary and Conan the Barbarian.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Chris Sanders

Today our spotlight focuses on the artwork of Chris Sanders. Chris Sanders is perhaps best known for creating Lilo and Stitch, but also worked on films such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Mulan before leaving Disney after conflict with John Lasseter over American Dog, which would later become Bolt. After leaving the mouse house, Chris jumped to Dreamworks where he directed the phenominal How to Train Your Dragon. He also works on his independant web-comic Kiskaloo. Be sure to check out http://www.chrissandersart.com/ for more awesomeness.