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Enjoy! He was such a wonderful and lovely person to listen to and meet. I got to see him draw Tarzan, Ariel and Beast. I got to go to a company event, so he shook my hand signed my Tangled book and chatted about what I did for a living and stuff I been working on.

- You want to connect, you want to put your own DNA into the picture and connect.

-Vulnerability. Telling someone who you are. Honestly revealing parts of yourself sincerely. The key to animation is sincerity. Step beyond your walls and share as an artist.

- Animation is the ultimate art form. No other art form will challenge you as much as animation can.

- You always want to be restless, I always had one foot out the door at Disney.

- it is important to not hold back and share all you have to your fellow artists. Got to keep giving it out and trust me it'll pour right back in.

- Drawing is about feeling.

- Conveying an emotion of peacefulness is just trying to capture someone living in that moment.

- Eyes are really key to emotion.

- 3d models are just living sculptures.

- The feeling of drawing is like playing make believe and being a kid. Don't forget this feeling.

- If things don't feel right, flip the perspective. If it still doesn't feel right don't just leave it! Understand it. Conquer it. This can apply to everything.

- Make your character relatable.

- Animation is all about sculptures these days. But 2d and 3d is still all about sculpting in space. It is about making them dimensional. Like you can really reach your hand out to them and touch them.

- Characters who dream about making the impossible, possible are his favorite to animate.

- When you find something that inspires you, you got to lock unto it and hold it. Complexity shouldn't stop us from pursuing what we want. There is no such thing as too complex.

- I have a weird view on characters like they existed before you started animating them.

- Have to have expressive brows on your character. Eyes are key to seeing inside a character.

- Don't focus on what they are doing, but where they are going. Like with Tarzan, you never see him looking at the vine he is about to grab. But rather the vine he is going to grab next.

- "Once upon a time...." should be like telling an event as if that actually happened. Ask any kid if Ariel is real.

- When you hate something don't just say you hate it, explain to yourself why.

- The beauty of drawing is you get to decide when you change direction. Good design is all about dramatization of change of direction.

- High point of eyebrow corresponds with highest point of eye.

- Identifying problems and moving forward. Don't take short cuts, don't formulate, or just do what just works. Your an artist! Find something within yourself. Don't second guess and go with your gut feeling.

On strong poses-
- " Plussing" a term at Disney where you would do a drawing and go to other artists to take it further. Which in the end would become a much more dynamic and stronger pose.

On dynamic force in drawings

- Animating not the form but the force of something gives you the power. Thinking with the force of the pose.

- Everything has a purpose and a reason. Keep grace and everything will fall into place.

- There is a temptation to let it go. No ones going to notice. But I can't do that. I got to change something! And if I got fired from Disney because I cared about quality well...I'm okay with that.

Artist plateaus and pushing through them

It's an awful frustrating time. Hitting my first wall was " I'm a hack! I don't know what I'm doing." and your not getting any better. And looking at the drawing I was doing at the time just seeping out my frustration and you know what I just walked away from the desk and went to the bookstore. And I found Augustus's drawings and fell in love and printed out all his work and wanted to draw like him.

Hitting a wall is great! It's when your ready to draw and find new potential with your work.

- Ask yourself what is drawing. It's whats underneath drawing. For me drawing is sculpting around in space.

- Don't animate what the character is doing, but what the character is feeling.

Also he told this fantastic story about how he was taking his family and friends to Disney and he forgot his Disney ID and what not. So he told the teller " Hey guy. I'm Glen Keane". And the teller was just " So?" and Glen was just " You know Ariel, Beast, Tarzan?" the teller responded back with " I don't care who you are, get to the back of the line and pay."

Glen was so infuriated, so when it came time for people to go on rides he opted out to fume on a bench. Well here comes Beast, you know the Disney Beast in the big ole costume just moving along and sat right next to Glen Keane. Glen nodded at beast and beast nodded back and they sort of sat in silence.

Then this little girl saw beast and came over and was " BEAST!!" and leapt into his lap and hugged him and played with his tusks. Glen Keane then realized he was invisible. Then he thought about it, he has been invisible this whole time as an animator. And that's how it should be.
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The0ptimus64 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Student Filmographer
Hey thanks for sharing this man!
MangaMonster123 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Where do you find out where glen is talking or lecturing? I really want to know and listen to him, hes just a role model for me!
mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just now reading this today, and I'm thankful that you have kept this post up. Thank you so much! :)
Ashmid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is really great, thank you so much for sharing!
Liketheisland Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Aaaand faved. I only skimmed it tbh, but from the stuff I caught, I already knew the rest would be awesome. (and really, it's Glen Keane, so how could it not be?) Will get around to reading it thoroughly later on. :D Thanks for sharing!
JillAndersen Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
it is so lovely of you to share your notes! thank you so much, this is truly inspiring. I can't even imagine how the whole event must have felt like... <3
joshuaotero Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome post! He sounds great! Although I am slightly confused on the High point of the eyebrows corresponds to the high point of the eyes bit.
SarahSatrun Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Love this! Thanks for sharing. :)
Mike2468 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Glen is a true artist of our time.
quickpaws321 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
stuff like this is always the product of passion,great stuff. i will definitely read!
bluessence Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing! Sounds like an amazing lecture!
QueenJen Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
So awesome! Thanks for the notes, definitely printing these out!
jeffreylai Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   Filmographer
Ooh these are some great notes
Thanks for sharing!
(and super jealous you got to meet him!)
LunaMiel Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
OMG When/where is he giving lectures?
LunaMiel Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh I think I found a podcast with it here! He starts talking around 33 minutes into it.
Katie-W Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional
It's so awesome of you to share your notes for those of us who won't get a chance like this! Thank you!
Pachabel Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautiful little summary of all sorts of lovely information! Love it!
DanielAraya Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Eyecager Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional
DanielAraya Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so incredibly jealous
Eyecager Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional
Well since he's retired it seems like he's going to be going around giving more lectures and doing appearances at conventions. Which is awesome! So you'll probably be seeing him around.

Oh yeah you coming to SDCC this year? It would be great to see you again!
DanielAraya Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think so, tickets were sold out before I even figured out the bizarre new system they were using.
Eyecager Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional
Oh what really?? Too bad airplane tickets are so crazy expensive right now.

But if you wanted to be my guest I could sign you up. For some reason they save Pro-registration til late Mayish?? I still haven't got anything yet. But if you don't mind chilling in a glorious house with a view of the bay atop a cliff. And just riding down when we do which soon as we wake up so you don't have to worry about a hotel. But that's only if you want to! Again I know plane tickets are stupid ridiculous around that time. Mine costed me like $435.
DanielAraya Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
what seriously? I have to make sure I can the time off work but I might actually be down for that.
Eyecager Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional

But yeah if you want to stay free of charge with us and just head on down as soon as you wake up. Or if you have anyone staying at a hotel near the con since it's a little more convenient/they have bars there and want us to drop you off either way is cool! But when our group goes, we just go to the con and go our separate ways then meet up at the end of the day. Most of the time we just grab food and pass out or look over stuff we got at the con.


Sadly pro reg still seems to be up in the air when they are opening it. But I'll put your name in when it does!
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Eyecager Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional
Or if you would rather be right next to the convention center and you know people you can stay with we can drop you off at the hotel and to and fro the airport if you need be. If Nubs is still in Calli at the time. :iconnubbas: parent's house is in San Diego so we usually drive down and park someplace and take a 30 min trolley ride. But his parents place is super nice with a lot of room but convenience is convenience and they have a lot of bars and what not in that convention center area.

But I can definitely be your in if you still want to come when Pro-reg ever opens up. They did like this pre-pro reg?? It's confusing.
Cellsai Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Like with Tarzan, you never see him looking at the vine he is about to grab. But rather the vine he is going to grab next."
Man, I love that. Sounds like a fantastic lecture.
Eyecager Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional
Me too! And he was drawing Tarzan at the time swinging from vine to vine so it was just incredible.

It was really cool, people kept asking him to write a book and he might actually do it.
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