“It’s weird, it seems that when you run up against a problem, you always think it’s because “oh I’m not good enough”. But- it’s not that, it’s just that you’ve kind of hit the limit of your knowledge, and you’ve got to go out and observe and get and find and discover and nothing more. Those are really great, those are the best times- when you feel like you stink and you can’t get it- that’s like, man, now the world is open and you’re ready to learn something new and you gotta go, you gotta take advantage of that.”—Glen Keane, “The Animation Podcast” (via archenjol)
I have been Inspired by your art for years. But my question is this what is it that you believe makes your art stand out the most compared to the men who came before you and really paved the way for this wonderful art form. I'm trying to be more original but I feel like my art is just not strong enough.
I’m not affiliated with Glen Keane, Claire Keane, or Disney in anyway. I’m just a big fan of their art styles!
However here’s an interview from the 2012 Dallas Film Festival where Glen talks about some things related to your question:
This is a great little look into how Keane thought during the animation of the little mermaid. They talk about how you forget Ariel is a animated character yet you just think of her as a real person, which i completely agree with i feel like she is real, she has the crazy curiosity of a 16 year old the stubbornness too and even though shes half fish i still think she is real. By the end of this year i would love to have created a character that when people see them moving on the screen they think that person is real. It also announces that Keane will be launching his own small studio! Hopefully we will be seeing some beautiful 2D animations coming from him in the future.