Last year I sketched and painted a lot of aquatic-themed pieces. At the beginning of the year, sea shanties were trending on TikTok. Some of them found their way to me and influenced my work process. I am not a marine artist, but many a good adventure tale has begun with a sea voyage, and
In 2021 I appreciated Frank Frazetta and Heinrich Kley‘s impact on my work. I wrote about meeting Frazetta, but more should be said about Kley. His work’s vibrancy, especially his animal drawings, significantly influenced Walt Disney. Early in my career, one of the older Disney artists (it might have been Blaine Gibson) told me that
Wishing you happiness in 2022!
Take time to appreciate the small but extraordinary things that happen around you every day.
The Headless Horseman “On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure on his fellow-traveler in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck, on perceiving that he was headless!” Washington Irving, 1820, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
“There’s a man on the phone,” my mother told me. “He says he’s from Walt Disney.” Under normal circumstances, I would have dismissed this as a practical joke perpetrated by one of my friends, all of whom knew that my lifelong ambition was to work for a film studio. However, recent events had not