I’m not an artist. It’s no secret. I just wasn’t born with the gene that gives artists the ability to see something in their head and translate that to paper. What I see in my head is never what appears on the paper once I get pencil to paper.
While in LA last month I had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of the creative minds behind Planes: Fire and Rescue; Art Hernandez (head of story) and Lawrence Gong (story artist) and I participated in a drawing demo in which I TRIED to draw Dipper. Keyword here is tried, y’all.
Although my rendition added a few pounds to her waistline, I think I did a pretty good with the guidance from Art and Lawrence. Of course, their version is much better than mine. In mine she looks a little perturbed with the extra added weight. You can see it in her eyes.
What I always find fascinating when doing these drawing demos is how you can draw very basic shapes, but end up with a very detailed finished piece. For me, just looking at the picture looks overwhelming. But when Art and Lawrence broke it down, piece by piece, step by step, it actually wasn’t all that difficult.
It kind of reminds me of my life. Looking at it, it’s all very complex and puzzling. But when I break it down, and focus on just one part of the puzzle, it’s easier to work through it.
There is so much that goes into creating an animated film, from the concept, to characters, artwork, storyboards, etc. When you think of the movie as a whole, it’s very overwhelming. But when you break it down and think of each piece of the puzzle and you put individuals over each piece, when it all comes together, it’s quite exciting. There are so many amazing people with extraordinary talent that work on these films to bring entertainment into our homes. I only wish I had just a teeny tiny portion of their ability.
Planes: Fire & Rescue will zoom into theaters nationwide on July 18th!