Two of my favorite artists, married couple, Mike Yamada & Victoria Ying recently did an interview with Bobby Chiu from schoolism. They discuss how it is as a married couple working in the same industry at competing companies. Victoria at Disney and Mike at DreamWorks where they are visual development artists. They’ve contributed to movies such as How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph & Paperman. They also work together illustrating their own projects through their company, Extracurricular Activities. They discuss their recent kick starter program and how they ended up getting funded. Towards the end they talk about their process and what kind of artists each of them is and how they continue to work at there craft to keep growing.
If you’re a fan of Disney’s animated films and their art style I’ve got a book for you. The art of Disney’s Tangled is a beautiful book full of character designs, set designs and storyboards. If you were to walk into my office this book would be on my table for inspiration.
You can’t beat character designs by Glen Keane and a host of amazing other artists like Victoria ying, Claire Keane and Jin Kim. There are pages and pages of sketches of expressive characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Maximus, and Mother Gothel. Continue reading