Monday Topics: Disney Tutorial – Learning to Draw

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DISNEY TUTORIAL

Our friends over at Love Our Crazy Life have asked some of their blogging friends (like me) to participate in a Blogging Challenge. So for four weeks in April, on every Monday morning, I will be covering a different Disney-related topic. You can click the link above to find all of the other participants and their entries. Enjoy!

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Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends

A Book Review

Drawing MM & Friends 1

This great how-to book was published by Walter Foster in 2015 and was written by David Gerstein and illustrated by John Loter and the Disney storybook artists. If you’ve ever wanted to draw your favorite Disney characters for yourself, this book is for you!

There are three main character designs featured as the book takes us on a journey through the decades. Early, or vintage. Classic. And Contemporary, or modern.

Early designs feature the look of the characters in the 1920’s.

Long-billed Donald Duck, primary shapes

Classic designs cover the years of the 1930’s to the 1980’s or so.

Beanstock Mickey, roughed in

Contemporary designs feature the Disney characters as they appear today.

Daisy Duck, full rendering

The book also contains an Animation Timeline, Film Facts, the Inside Story for Disney’s most famous characters, and lots of drawing tips.

At 130 pages, this book is easy to read because it is mostly pictures, in keeping with the how-to theme. To conclude, here is the 6-step process for drawing the full body of Classic Mickey:

    

    

Drawing Classic Mickey Body 5          Drawing Classic Mickey Body 6

And… it’s just that simple!

This is a great book for the closet-animators among us. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars. However, I thought the 6-step system was too minimal for someone to really learn how to draw a Disney character. More on the reasons for each step would have been nice. For example, every lesson starts with a basic shape featuring a guide line. Some explanation of why these shapes are used, and what a guide line is and why it is important, might have enabled a beginner to later draw these characters without having to look at the book, and copy.

Who would you like to draw?

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The Original Disney Legend – Fred MacMurray

Image ©Movies.Disney.Com

Image ©Movies.Disney.Com

On October 13, 1987, the Walt Disney Company began a new tradition known as the Disney Legends.  Quoting from the Disney Legends section of the D23 website:

The Disney Legends program was established in 1987 to acknowledge and honor the many individuals whose imagination, talents and dreams have created the Disney magic. The honor is awarded during a special ceremony.

October 13, 1987 was the first induction ceremony, and while you may not be surprised, I was very surprised to find out that Fred MacMurray, star of the 1959 hit The Shaggy Dog (among many other great Disney movies) was the first — and only — recipient of the Disney Legend honor for that year.  It wasn’t surprising that Mr. MacMurray was selected — he was well deserving of the honor — to me, what was surprising was that it wasn’t the Nine Old Men, or Ub Iwerks, or the Sherman Brothers, or someone like that that was the first set of recipients inducted.  Still, Fred MacMurray was the first, and he goes down in Disney trivia with that selection.

Over the weeks and months ahead, I’ll be touching on the accomplishments of the great Disney Legends — what they were known for, when they were inducted, and things like that.  To me, the history of Disney is truly what makes Disney so memorable, and it’s things like the Nine Old Men and the Disney Legends that truly take us from the present, and afford us the opportunity to remember the past just a bit.

This is a clip from the movie The Shaggy Dog — the “shake on it” clip.  Check it out, and I hope you enjoy it!