Thursday, June 10, 2021

10 Years


I can't believe it's been 10 years since I started this blog. 10 years!!! So much fun to share my passion for hand drawn/pencil animation with you. It's glorious history and... doubtful future, as far as Disney full fledged articulation is concerned. What I love is the fact that animation these days tells all kinds of stories.

Political, social and commercial statements.  But I do miss Walt's  drive for personality driven hand drawn stories. I feel so proud of having been apart of the modern "revival" of animation. 

Here is a pic of me working on King Triton for "The Little Mermaid". The maquette  you see is the only one in  existence. It was deemed too large to be cast and reproduced. 


  1. Great blog, I never miss it and have pondered it over the years. Love when you post animation scenes. They flip great in the keynote app.

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  3. This blog is part of my life. This blog is essential for creating handdraw animations that no one has seen yet. Thank you for your many many many posts.
    The world needs handdraw animation! Thank you very much.

  4. congratulations! and thanks once again for all the great posts, it's been an amazing resource and inspiration from before I was in art school, All the way up until now. I'm working on a hand-drawn feature and nearly 5 years as a professional, getting inspired with every post is a serious help!

  5. Oh, I thought this needed to be celebrated with a post :)
    I'll gladly join those who expressed their gratitude for this decade of information and inspiration that you provided.
    Animation truly is evolving, especially in terms of the stories to tell, and there's still so much more that can be done. Thanks for sharing your passion for it with us.

  6. Congrats Andreas!! This blog is a well of knowledge and inspiration for all aspiring and professional animators. Thank you for keeping hand-drawn animation alive and for sharing with us your passion and insight on such a wonderful medium. Please continue to enlighten and entertain us with your stories and art!!=)

  7. Late to the party (as usual) but my heartfelt congratulations to you, Andreas, as well! :-) Recently I was wondering how long this blog has been operating and realised that it's nearing the 10 year mark. I was quite surprised! It doesn't feel like it's been that long!

    You can probably count the number of posts I've left here on just two hands, but that doesn't mean I don't visit. Far from it - I never miss a post. I love soaking up whatever it is you share, animation or otherwise.

    Agreed with Hendry. This blog is inspirational and is a great companion piece to other blogs, including the late Michael Sporn's SPLOG.

    Thank you!

  8. Congratulations, Andreas and thanks for your blog and dedication to it and the art of Disney animation and good art in general that inspires us all. Hope to see you next year!

  9. I don't know how often I watch an animation movie again because you wrote something about it in your Blog! :D
    Thanks for all posts about Heinrich Kley, T. S. Sullivant and all the other artists, too! :)
    Your passion is pure inspiration to me and I learned so much! :)
    I'm so grateful for your Blog and I look forward to more years with it! :)

    „What I love is the fact that animation these days tells all kind of storys...“
    Okay...For an author like me it can be an inspiration too to know the limit of feasibility! :)

  10. Thank you very much for creating this blog to share all of your knowledge, wisdom, and experience of classic hand-drawn Disney animation with everyone in a time where it's more valuable than ever to know these things, lest we ever forget the art form that the studio was built on from the very beginning.

    Having grown up with the era of Disney animation that you were a part of, I will always be grateful for your many contributions such as animating Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit, some of the best Disney villains like Jafar and Scar, and for any of the hand-drawn work that you returned to the studio for like Mama Odie in Princess and the Frog. I also look forward to seeing Mushka be officially completed and released in some capacity.

    Again, congratulations and thanks for all that you've done over the years. You were always one of my top favorites out of the current generation of Disney artists and animators.

  11. Congrats!! Look forward to this blog each week. Could you post some of your work from "My People's"?

  12. Congratulations, Andreas! Hope this blog continues 10 years more!! Thank you for being the premiere resource for the art of Disney Animation, your posts are priceless!!

  13. Your blog has been one of my favorite routine visits. Thank you!

  14. The first time I read your name was when I got the book "The Art of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" (in french). I really liked the art in it, and some of your drawings were in there too (that's back in 1997/98). I thought you guys did an amazing job on that movie, I would try to draw the characters of Quasimodo end Esmeralda. You know, every Christmas, in France, people would wait for the big Disney animated film. Things have changed of course. Overall during this era, I thought the artwork was amazing, music was often spot on too. A great era, which I hope will return somehow. Which together created classics. Thank you for sharing your experience. You are definitely passionate about it.

  15. Love seeing the picture of you and the Triton Maquette. Did Disney allow you to keep the Triton maquette? Do you know how many of the Ariel maquettes were produced?

    1. Nope, I do not own that Triton maquette. And, sorry, I have no idea how many maquettes of Ariel were produced.