"Believe in your character. Animate (or write) with sincerity."
The above quote is from the great character animator Glen Keane, who worked 37 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His credits include The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Tarzan, the under-rated Treasure Planet, and Tangled.
In his resignation letter to Disney several days ago he wrote: "I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can't resist its siren call to step out and discover them."
I wish him all the best, and look forward to seeing what he does next.
He's been a major source of inspiration, so I thought I'd share some of his work. Enjoy!
These are Glen's drawings from that awesome climactic bear showdown in The Fox and the Hound:
Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective:
The Little Mermaid: