Disney provided transportation and expenses for the trip.
Planes is an adorable movie about Rusty and his fear of heights but excitement for speed and the desire to do more with his life than be a crop duster. After watching the adorably cute and hysterically funny movie we sat down with the Story Boarding artist Art Hernandez and he gave us a demo on drawing Dusty. He’s much easier to draw than you may first think. Remember all the expression is in the eyebrows and the smile.
Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, Calif., Hernandez developed an interest in art and animation when he was just five years old. By the time he reached high school, he knew that he wanted to work for Disney, and found encouragement in that goal from several supportive teachers. After studying illustration at Antelope Valley College, he encountered Disney animator Ron Dias, who invited him to visit the Studio in 1993. He went on to study at the Animation Guild’s American Animation Institute, where he received some expert instruction in figure drawing and assistant animation from several Disney veterans.
Selling the story of planes begins with storyboarding and now that it is digital it’s a much easier process. They can reuse drawings or just change them a little from one board to another and then they can animate the boards and tell the story when they are pitching a scene. Sometimes he even does the voices, all of the voices.
I’ve always loved animation and the history behind it so sitting with Art was really kind of exciting. I was able to ask him a question and since I found Planes so funny, I just had to know if when pitching an idea to John Lasseter if the every just cracks up laughing. Art said yes sometimes he does just burst out into laugher and other times he’s very hard to read. Sometimes he’ll have to think about something for a long time and you leave the room hoping that you got it right. He seems to love his job or taking the screen play and translating it into pictures. But that’s one thing I love about Disney is the passion that everyone has and the great detail they go into to create an amazing story.
The most important thing an artist must convey is the story. A good movie comes from a great story.