If you've been watching Disney animated films since the 1980s, you've seen the impact of artist Andreas Deja....
(early pics on this post via Google Images)Among his additions to the roster of iconic Disney characters..."Scar" in Lion King... "Gaston" in Beauty and the Beast... "Jafar" in Aladdin. He made his reputation with villains, but wanted a change of pace. He rose to this challenge with heroic "Hercules".. and the emotion-filled performance in his heart warming "Lilo"... He also animated Mickey Mouse and Tigger for Disney shorts...
Even more inspiring.. he is a diligent and generous scholar of the animation art form. He arrived at Disney studios when many of the original artists where still available to meet. He overcame his own shyness to befriend long-time animators and began archiving stories and original sketches from the golden era.
His ongoing blog ... "Deja View"http://andreasdeja.blogspot.com/
Deja is also at work on a long-time personal project ... "Muska"... about a girl and a Siberian Tiger...
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/ In pic below he's doing a live demo drawing at the 2011 CTNX
The results are here.. and the book is stunning! http://stuartngbooks.com/the-nine-old-men-lessons-techniques-and-inspiration-from-disneys-great-animators-pre-order-your-signed-copy.html
Here's a link for the first (podcast episode #22) http://taughtbyapro.com/podcast-22-the-andreas-deja-interview-from-features-to-personal-projects/
Animation Podcast #22- The Andreas Deja Interview: From Features to Personal Projects
If you think of great traditional animation created over the last decade, you will no doubt be thinking of at least one character animated by Disney Animator Andreas Deja! Tom and Tony get Andreas to open up about animation approaches, character development and his exciting new personal project – the animated short “Mushka”!
And the second...(podcast episode #31) http://taughtbyapro.com/podcast-31-the-9-old-men-and-andreas-deja/
Animation Podcast #31 – The 9 Old Men and Andreas Deja
In this special episode of the Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast, the B Boys talk with legendary Disney Animator Andreas Deja about his new book about “The 9 Old Men” of Disney Animation yesteryear. Find out why he was passionate about making this book, what drove the 9 Old Men, and any animator worth their muster should know who they are!Listening to this podcast will make you want to have the book in your hand to follow along as they describe different sections. Deja knew seven of the Nine Old Men personally... find out which ones on the podcast. The interview also reveals which drawings in the book come from Deja's personal collection.
The book is laid out so there is a section on each of the Nine Old Men.. presented in order of their time with Walt Disney... from Les Clark (who was hired by Walt in the 1920s)... to master draftsman Marc Davis, also known as Disney's "Renaissance Man."
Deja's book is written by an artist... for artists. Here you will find the sketches, roughs and sequence drawings that reveal the armature of animation at its finest. The design of the book.. from its hardcover format (almost a requirement due to its hefty page count).. to its landscape orientation.. to the images on lots of white space interspersed throughout the text... this book is a real delight to hold.. study.. admire.. and learn from. All the care that went into the collecting of the stories and images is obvious. This book is a passion project... and an instant classic.
For those of us who might never have access to the renowned Disney research library archives.. this tome is a tour .... with an expert guiding you to the best examples of the collection.
Here are some photos I took of the book to share a glimpse of this gem... but nothing compares to your own copy.
Attend the signing if you can.... or order your signed copy. Don't miss out!http://stuartngbooks.com/the-nine-old-men-lessons-techniques-and-inspiration-from-disneys-great-animators-pre-order-your-signed-copy.html
(I took the following photos to give you a feel for the book... it's all this and so much more :)
Also more posts about Deja here on the blog...
Andreas Deja's art was part of the popular 2010 Art of Animals show.. ..http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/get-inspiried-menagerie-art-of-animals.html
Some fav images from his Deja View blog post about line drawings and wire scuplts.. including link to a mind-blowing 360 view of his wire sculpt, Sleeping-Beauty-inspired squirrel ...http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/line-horses-and-wire-frogs.html
Andreas at CTNX 2011... http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/ctnx-2011-andreas-deja.html
UPDATE NOV 7th
A few photos from the event ...
Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2-hour signing. Andreas also signed copies for those who couldn't attend in person and placed pre-orders via the website.
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