Doug Lefler

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Selects from my 2021 illustrations

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

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Posted January 10th 2022

Selects from my 2021 Sketchbook

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

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Posted January 3rd 2022
Happy Holidays 2021

Happy Holidays 2021

Wishing you happiness in 2022!

Posted December 22nd 2021
An Octopus Floats By

An Octopus Floats By

Take time to appreciate the small but extraordinary things that happen around you every day.

Posted November 16th 2021
Headless Horseman

Happy Halloween 2021

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.

Posted October 31st 2021

THE ROAD TO DISNEY

“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

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Posted September 29th 2021
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Storyboards

I still remember the day I learned you could make a living drawing storyboards. It combines the three things I enjoy most: filmmaking, storytelling and drawing.

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