Archive for the ‘drawing sketches’ category


Of sea, sky and human spirit

July 24, 2012

So here it is: Alluded to in the videos in the previous post, the first animated film done for the IMAX format and camera. Alex Petrov’s The Old Man and the Sea also happens to be a marvel of illustration and painting. Petrov crafts his treatment of Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning fiction not […]


A finger-painted, animated “expression of dabs”

July 6, 2012

Russian animator Alexander Petrov works a lot  like a children’s book illustrator to make his films, though his films hardly rate as children’s fare. In the previous post we saw his mesmerizing film The Mermaid based on a Pushkin tale and the Slavic legend of the rusalka. It’s a tragic telling definitely not for children. In this […]


Moving pictures on glass

June 25, 2012

Alexander Petrov creates his animations the home-made way, scribbling on layered panes of glass with oil pastels. He paints with his fingers, small brushes, rags — anything handy to help him push and smear his pigments — and wipe them away when it’s time to re-paint for the next shot In a process evocative of sand-painting He prefers […]


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 […]


De-foresting Kipling’s dark jungle

June 4, 2012

Rudyard Kipling, who had been born in Bombay and was happier in the Punjab and India than he ever was in England, actually wrote most of The Jungle Book stories in Vermont. He, his wife Carrie and their new baby daughter Josephine were wintering there on a farm, in a tiny cottage “with snow up to the windowsills,” he […]