Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ken Anderson Vis Dev

Ken Anderson was was an  artist who enjoyed exploring environments as well as characters for Disney films. In his days that was somewhat of an exception, most artists at the studio focused  on one of the two categories.
I guess today studios demand again that a Vis Dev artist is capable of not only developing backgrounds but also personalities for a film.

Here are a few wonderful examples of Ken's talent.
They show how to place characters in an environment in a way that presents mood combined with character development.

The films are 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, and Robin Hood.
I was lucky, I got to know Ken a little, he was somebody you could have stimulating conversation with about animation, art or whatever was on your mind.


  1. Great artwork, must been inspiring material for animators and other departments. Great composition on Junglebooks pictures, how deep in jungle they are.

    Seems like characters on final films are almost like Ken sketch and drew them...

  2. Beautiful drawings!
    I wonder, what kind of tools did they use for drawings like the first one? Ink, and... marker? Do they use it today at the bigger studios?

    1. Yeah, That was ink and marker.
      Hardly anyone uses that technique anymore.
      Things happen on cintiqs these days.

    2. That make example old Disney backgrounds so breath-taking, when thinking there wasn´t "Undo" on those days.

      What you think, have artists way of think and plan works changes from non-computer days? I mean, lack of undo, you had to plan it more than just draw-undo-draw-undo-ect...

  3. One of the great talents and one of my greatest inspirations!! Great post Andreas :)

  4. Great way to start the day-with some Ken Anderson magic!

  5. So much depth in each of these! :D

  6. I love the way you describe these legends' work, it's so perfect

  7. Breathtakingly beautiful drawings.

  8. Astonishing. Thank you so much for the post.