After just saying I don't get to Melbourne enough, I had an opportunity to go again to see one of the greatest living animators in the world: Glen Keane.
Not only was he so inspiring as an artist, but he was incredibly generous with his time. After a two hour talk he still had time and energy to hang around for another hour or so signing autographs and meeting animators, students and fans.
One of the key insights from his talk for me was that, in his words: "dead people can teach you".
Once you have the basics of your education, look to masters like Rodin, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Schiele, Modigliani to continue your education.
Another highlight was seeing the rough keys for the "Part of Your World" sequence from The Little Mermaid. At first, Keane apologized because there was no sound, but without prompting, the entire audience started singing along.
The experience of hearing 500 or so grown adults singing in falsetto to a series of drawings projected on the screen still gives me chills just thinking about it.
Check out my blog post on Glen Keane in Melbourne for more insights.
The thing that frustrates Glen Keane the most is the frustration of young artists.