I’m still here! Even though it’s been quiet on the blog front, I’ve been busy working, playing, reading, learning… you know, living. As an update I’m about 1/2 way through Preston Blair’s book – drawing at least one or two images from each page. I’ve tried my hand at some character designs that I may post in the near future (one specific one anyway).

In my reading I seem to be on a biography wave. I’ve recently finished reading Charles M. Schulz’s biography (Good Grief, The story of Charles M. Schultz). To be honest, it was an interesting, but depressing read. Charles Schulz really was Charlie Brown – actually he was a bit of all of the characters, but mainly (I think) Charlie Brown. The biography wasn’t what I expected – a chronological one, instead it jumps around from topic to topic. The other biography (which, thankfully, is traditionally chronological) that I’m now working through is Walt Disney’s biography by Neal Gabler. Talk about a detailed study! It took Gabler 7 years to research the book and he had unlimited access to the Disney archives. I’m only about 100 pages into the 800 page book, but it’s definitely an interesting read.

Staying on the book topic, I found a beautiful copy of the book “Treasures of Disney Animation Art“. It is a large format book and it really brings you close to the art work. It contains a variety of images: rough/cleaned up animation sequences, inspirational art, final art… totally worth having.