From around the age of six, I have had a passion for drawing the shapes of objects.
From about the age of fifty I produced a number of designs, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention.
At seventy-three, I finally apprehended something of the true quality of birds, animals, insects, fish and of the vital nature of grasses and trees.
So, by the time I am 80, I will have made much progress, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature.
By one hundred, I will decidedly have attained a higher state, indefinable, and at one hundred and ten, each dot, each line shall surely possess a life of its own.
May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.
Hokusai (who lived to be 90)
On today’s show I put together a collection of emails and voice mails for a massive buffet of art talk. So Buckle your cartoon belts and let her rip!
Joann from Australia
Jessie from South Dakota
Special thanks to all of you that wrote in and left voice mail messages!
Ubbe Iwerks nominated to the Man vs Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!
words and art by Henrik Pasgaard
I nominate Ub Iwerks.
( Chuck Jones noted Iwerks is Screwy spelled backwards )
Ubbe Ert Iwwerks
March 24, 1901(1901-03-24)
Kansas City, Missouri
July 7, 1971(1971-07-07) (aged 70)
Burbank California U.S.
Animator, cartoonist, film producer, special effects technician
I think Ub Iwerks deserves this spotlight in the pantheon of awesomeness because he was such a dedicated innovative animator.
He was responsible for the distinctive style of the earliest Disney animated cartoons and was also responsible for creating Mickey Mouse.
He was known as the fastest animator in the business in early sound period. He animated Mickey’s first short, Plane crazy (1928) by himself in only two weeks (700 animation drawings a day!).
Iwerks was Disney’s right hand man in the creation of the early Mickey Mouse cartoons. Disney would come up with the ideas, stories, and motivations, then Iwerks would bring it to life
Bringing Mickey Mouse to life, however, was no easy task and it required Iwerks to spit out 600 drawings every single day. Iwerks dedication, however, would soon payoff for him and Disney. The third Mickey Mouse cartoon that Disney directed and Iwerks animated, “Steamboat Willie,” would be the one that would catapult Mickey and Disney into stardom. Iwerks often didn’t get the public credit he deserved, but that didn’t stop him from continuing as a master animator and the best artist at Disney Productions. Even Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston say in the book, “The Illusion of Life” that Iwerks was “in a class by himself” when it came to animating. It wasn’t long before Iwerks was put in charge of training new animators. This is why I suggest Ub Iwerks as a well deserved nominee to a spot in the pantheon of awesomeness
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