Drawings Of Walt Disney Characters
Donald Duck Pictures Are Classic
It is interesting to note how many well known commercial artists as well as those recognized in the art world say they got their start drawings of walt disney characters. The fascination of a child being able to reproduce the characters seen in Disney movies and to some extent on the associated games, toys, furniture and household items which utilized the popularity of the movies to sell the products has in many cases led to a lifelong fascination with art either as a career or a hobby.
Those who talk about the experience of drawing the Disney characters usually don't trace them first; they draw freehand and reproduce what they see fairly accurately right from the beginning. Children as young as three or four who show artistic talent don't seem to go through the awkward childish drawings of crooked houses and stick people; they proceed right to recognizable drawings of Donald Duck pictures, Belle, Ariel, and other well known characters.
What is unfortunate is that art educators don't always recognize the talent.
They tend to believe that the child is not showing any imagination, just because the characters look like cartoons or animated movie figures.
Many of the artists who are now adults speak of going through years of not drawing because they were led to believe their representations were not valid art. The resultant loss of self-esteem meant they didn't have the courage to move beyond the cartoon characters.
However, the essence of good art education throughout the ages has been to copy what is in real life and realistically reproduce it on paper or canvas. When the student moves beyond mere copying the master, whether from life, or drawing, sculpture or painting, is where the great classics of art appear.
The medium of art has been useful in communicating with children who suffer various types of learning disorders. Even children and adults as well, sometimes who are profoundly retarded sometimes seem to be able to communicate at some level by reproducing Disney characters on paper.
The oddity is that these animated creatures rarely look like human, animal or mechanical counterparts. Although the animators go to a great deal of effort to make movements accurate in the characters they draw, the creatures often look more like a stereotype than a representation. Especially on the facial expressions of non human characters, it appears more like a similar expression would look with animal features, than an representation of a similar animal expression.
Particularly with computer generated images, a great deal of time is spent in studying and photographing people and animals in various movements in order to reproduce the essence of the movement or expression in the action of the character. It is only when the animal movement is unnatural to that particular animal that awkwardness in the motion is perceived. An example is the movement of the faun character. The upper half is human, but the lower half is a computer generated image of an animal on hind legs. The movement is jerky and doesn't flow naturally, simply because it is unnatural.