Every now and again I like to showcase friends that I think are just plain…excellent.
My long time friend and colleague, James Martin has been at both Dreanworks and Disney and is superb in both 3D look treatments and a terrific traditional artist as well. James just finished working on the block-buster movie, How to Train Your Dragon II
Disney has a long tradition (dating back to
the 1930s) of running life drawing classes for its animators. The idea
is that understanding and mastering actual anatomy improves animated
drawings and gestures. Disney's current master teachers-Karl Gnass, Mark McDonnell, and Bob Kato-will
talk about their creative philosophies, their approach to life drawing
and gesture, how classical drawing translates to animation, and what
animation studios look for in artists. Best of all, they'll alert you to
the classes they run for civilians. Disney visual development artist Dan Cooper will weigh in on how these classes have improved his animation skills. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.