My adorable wife recently surprised me with a number of FANTASTIC animation books. From these books we can study various ranges of movement with only a few drawings by some of the old greats. Leaps and bounds above the pencil tests my fellow students and I produced in art school. I did, for a time, work as a character artist at Disney- not in Animation though former animators did train us. I will always remember one Sr. Artist teaching me that we do not draw characters "line to line" but we "feel the shape of the figure and draw accordingly." He was clear that anyone could memorize how one line connected to the next but if you don't "feel it" the character has no volume.
Recently famed animator Andreas Deja left Disney (reasons unknown to me) and started a blog (among other things, no doubt). "Right now I am focusing on my own animated short films, sculpting with wire and this Blog. I might be back at Disney some time.....who knows," says Deja on his blog.
If there was such a thing as a second (or third) set of "Nine Old Men", Andreas Deja would definitely be among them.
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