Sunday, September 18, 2011

Me by Pete


Still furiously sorting through the decades and finally re-located this little gem.

Around 1992 or 93 Nik Rainieri and I were invited to do a kind of "chalk talk" at a convention of Disney collectors, among several other artists and contributors to the Disney empire who were invited to appear. I believe this was the first time I got to meet Pete Emslie, who was also one of the guests. A week or so later, Nik and I each got our Emslie original caricatures in the mail, compliments of the man himself. A nifty and flattering likeness of the younger me it is too...

 Thanks Pete!

UPDATE: Pete was nice enough to send along this photo from the event, which he verifies as occurring all of 19 short years ago.

6 comments:

Amir Avni said...

That's awesome! Pete talked about meeting you and Nik at Disney in class when he showed a model sheet of Cogsworth, I think it was the lesson about contrasting characters.

Sandro Cleuzo said...

You're lucky to have been caricatured by Pete, Will.
I would love to have been too.

Pete Emslie said...

Well, this was sure a surprise to see again! Yeah, that was back in 1992, nearly 20 years ago that I met you and Nik at the Disney fan event at the Disneyland hotel. By the way, Will, I just showed those two recently posted rough sketches of Cogsworth in my Sheridan Character Design class last week, in the hopes that my students will understand better how you gesture out the solid form of a character (with all those "searching" lines) before getting hung up on all the surface detail. Also, I wanted them to realize how even a character made out of such solid substance as wood and brass like Cogsworth should still ideally be subject to the time-honoured animation principles of "Squash and Stretch".

In fact, I vividly recall in your lecture back in 1992 how you described that very thing - that you always thought of such characters as being constructed from some magical Disney substance that allowed for that fluid malleability, while still maintaining the basic form and volume. Actually, if you'd care to expand upon that thought process behind your animation of Cogsworth, I'd be very happy to direct my students to your blog so that they hear it firsthand from such an experienced animator, as not all of them listen to what ol' windbag Emslie has to say, sadly...

(...Amir being a happy exception, of course!)

Will Finn, Chief Executive Cartoonist said...

Thanks Amir and Sandro- and Pete, glad you checked in, and gladder still that I finally found this in the boxes of cherished clippings, sketches, quotes and other goodies. Now that I have figured out what I have held on to, my goal is to sort it out and organize it.. A suitable frame is in order for this one...

I do plan to add a few thoughts about animating this character at some point. Frankly, animating Cogsworth (and then Iago directly following) were the two most favorite assignments i have enjoyed to date. And although some of the artwork has been lost to the ages, I am happy to report much of it is still in my haphazard care. Will publish more soon.

jamie said...

is this will from auburn ny? if so i use to watch you draw all the time in study hall. you use to draw hundreds of comics

Will Finn said...

Yep. Auburn High Alumnus. See here:

http://stuffididntgetmoneyfor.blogspot.com/2011/08/images-76.html