Archive for the ‘drawing sketches’ 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 […]


How a puppet turns into a real boy

March 11, 2013

A small army of artists, writers, performers and musicians labored intensely for two years on it and Walt Disney invested his considerable profits from Snow White in it. $2.5 million was a huge movie budget in 1938. But war breaking out in Europe and Asia upstaged the release of Pinocchio and it lost money its […]


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 […]


How to paint a novel at 24 frames per second

November 15, 2012

Be patient with the 30 second advertisement in the video, illustrators. It leads to a rewarding interview with traditionalist oil painter and Academy Award winning director of animations, Alexander Petrov, talking about the process behind My Love, his 25 minute adaptation of a 1927 novel by Ivan Sergeevich Shmelev. Click the “cc” speech balloon icon […]