Archive for the ‘painting instruction’ category


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]