Archive for the ‘children’s book art’ category


“It’s the sound of magic.”

October 22, 2013

Some of the best ‘art history lessons’ you’ll ever find are these retrospective documentaries (we’ll call them) the Walt Disney studios made of their own animated features. Promotional, self-reverential even, yes — but they open our eyes to the movie achievements that we take for granted (as we do with most of the landmarks of […]


Going for the “Rembrandt look” in a cartoon…

March 25, 2013

Vaudeville, radio and broadway star Cliff Edwards provided the voice of Jiminy Cricket and child actor Dickey Jones portrayed Pinocchio. The Disney-made documentary about their 1940 animated classic (in Part three here) shows how the voices influenced the personalities as drawn by the animators. The video also shows how the animators used rotoscoping, not for […]


He put the looney in “Looney Tunes”

December 12, 2012

Animators like Alexander Petrov who bring deep literature alive with their oil paint smudged-fingers are important. But every once in a while, you just want to see an anvil drop from the sky and clobber Wile E. Coyote on the head. (Or maybe that’s just me?) The genre of the (truly) funny slapstick cartoon, in […]


Disney’s last cartoon

June 18, 2012

A children’s book artist and really any illustrator is taught to think of the human or animal figure’s action in the moments before and after the pose. Animators don’t merely think about the action, they include every bit and use it to define the souls of their characters. An exquisite example of this, often thought […]


Wolf, sloth bear and a Bengal Tiger villain

May 17, 2012

Rudyard Kipling’s father John Lockwood Kipling was an art teacher, art school director, museum curator and the first artist to illustrate The Jungle Book stories (volumes 1 and 2) that his son wrote. Then, like good tales often do, The Jungle Book went to Hollywood. Walt Disney saw the potential when his chief story editor and longtime animation artist […]