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Watch Glen Keane Draw Ariel and the Beast in 3D

Former Disney animator Glen Keane has become an unlikely evangelist for bridging the gap between traditional drawing and new technologies.

Last year, he created Duet for Google and Motorola’s interactive storytelling initiative Spotlight Stories. Now, he’s embracing 3-D drawing tools, as shown in the video below. The video is a promo for the invitation-only Future of Storytelling summit that takes place October 7-8 in New York City.

In the video, Keane draws life-sized versions of Ariel and Beast in the short with an HTC Vive headset and the 3D painting app called Tilt Brush, which is now owned by Google. While drawing in 3-D space is not a new technology, it’s novel to see someone like Keane, who is considered a master of hand-drawn animation, play around with the tools.

Keane will share his views next month on the potential of animation and storytelling with respect to virtual reality technology at the Future of Storytelling summit.

  • I saw this yesterday and I fell in love, I really love the idea of VR and its potential for Art and animation, I’m so excited, I really want to buy one and work on projects for it. I’m also pretty surprised by how well he draws with that thing, using that big wand to draw looks uncomfortable, but he does great.

  • I must say, this picture is so awesome! Epic from the stand point of Glen’s continued commitment of looking to the future of his career, rather than being content with reflecting on his 38 years with the Walt Disney Animation Studios. For those that forget, Glen was there at the onset with John Lasseter, finding ways of pushing the viewers experience of personality, through technological advances, within the field of animation. Their ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ project, shined light into both men’s desire to push forward the avenues of animation. So intrigued by the ideas that are being developed at this time in history, as it applies to the art of character animation.

  • this is pretty cool
    but i think it would be better if you could actually animate that drawing in a 3d space

    • GW

      There’s always SANDDE if you want to animate in 3D space.

      • Doz Hewson

        I was wondering when someone would get around to mentioning that tool. I remember its advent fairly well. Thanks for bringing it up,

  • Tori

    I love that man.

  • mick

    If you edit out the actual drawing he looks like he is trying to get a wasp out of his house using an imaginary newspaper

  • Tori S.

    I would love to see that drawing of Beast in the VR machine…

  • Patrick Smith

    I love Glen, but he looks ridiculous with those goggles on waving around a stick, and that monstrous 3d drawing of Ariel looks even worse. The power and texture of his line, and organic feel of his drawings seems completely lost with all this techno sculpture junk in the way.

  • Christian S.

    This looks promising, but it doesn’t look
    like animation. It’s just a virtual drawing
    of Ariel and Beast

  • Wolf Lahti

    I always envied Harold (and the Purple Crayon). With pens that can create sculpture in 3-D and 3-D renderings such as shown here, we are moving ever closer.