Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Great Dynamic Bill Tytla - ビル・ティトラ , ディズニーナイン・オールドメンの先輩

 "Bill was powerful, muscular, high-strung and sensitive, with a tremendous ego," - Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston 

Vladimir Peter Tytla entered the Walt Disney Animation studio in 1934 and became one of the greatest supervising animators of all time and mentor some of Disney's younger animators who would be known as "Disney's Nine Old Men".  

In Japan Bill Tytla would have been referred to as "senpai" (which means senior) and he along with Freddy Moore (who designed the classic modern version Mickey Mouse) would school the Nine Old Men in the principles of "dynamics" and "appeal" respectively. 

[Bill Tytla] brought the volatile acting of a man who had been around the world and had this worldliness of how things behaved.  Bill did things of enormous scale..."  - Marc Davis

An artist who could bring to life something as powerful and iconic as this: 

And still be sensitive enough understand the subtleties of a delicate character like this,  says much about the artist. 

Bill noted in story meetings that a character's pose should be a reaction to something, otherwise it would be just a drawing. 

Bill would be well known for animating Stromboli in Pinocchio, the devil Chernobog in Night on Bald Mountain, and Dumbo the elephant.  In Dumbo he animated a performance that is still recognised today and causes viewers to tear,  generations after its debut. 

In 1994 animation historian John Canemaker organised an exhibition of Bill Tytla's works at the Katona Musuem of Art.  Below is the catalogue of the exhibition.  I originally found the catalogue on Michael Sporn's Splog to which he referenced the Hollywood Animation Resource.  


Thursday, April 6, 2017

友だち: コメ袋(小麦袋)- Your Friend the Rice Bag (Japanese)



1)   明確なウェイト(重心)
2)   体に働くフォース(力)
3)   感情!!



Your Friend: The Rice Bag (or Flour Sack )

The model of the flour sack, or the rice bag is nothing new at all in the west, but I thought it deserves some review for our friends in Japan.

The torso which makes up two of the largest masses of the body, determines the weight of the body.

There are many models to help simplify these masses in drawing:  the bean, the box forms and in animation, “the flour sack” or the “rice bag.” 

The rice bag functions just as well as the box form or the bean shape to simplify the torso as a 3-dimentional form but it also:

1)   Makes weight clear
2)   Shows forces acting on the body
3)   Shows Emotion!!

Master the Rice Bag and use it as a model to show feelings.  Where energy is  heavy, the form will squash.   Where energy is pulling the form will stretch.

To help yourself visualize:  How would you show emotion if you didn’t have any arms or legs??

Thursday, March 23, 2017

アーロンのアート・ティップス ようこそ!! Welcome to the Art of Aaron Blaise, Japan!

アーロンのアート・ティップス  ようこそ!!   
Aaron Blaise's  Art Tips Welcome Video in Japanese 
Please hit the links below


Veteran Disney animator and illustrator has a wealth of tips, tutorials and demonstrations on illustration, art, design and animation on his YouTube channel! Best of all, it's free! Please join Aaron for his weekly art tips and live YouTube broadcasts!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


December 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of 2016, Master Drawing Japan (MDJ) held its 5th production drawing seminar and its 3rd successful seminar with veteran drawing instructor to the animation industry, Glenn Vilppu.  

Like previous seminars, the event focused on figure drawing, but this year with an emphasis on composition. 

Glenn cited examples such as de Cortona, Rubens and other great masters  as well as playing against opposites and using compositional tools to direct the audiences eye.  

Glenn Vilppu is a world renown drawing instructor who has been working in the animation industry for decades, notably the Walt Disney Animation Studio and Dreamworks.  His teachings are often referred to in the Walt Stanchfield books edited by Don Hahn, "Drawn to Life Volumes One and Two."  

Glenn teaches internationally and gives lectures at UCLA and the Animation Guild.  Glenn will be returning again Japan again later this year as a featured instructor with MDJ.