Disney Artist Brian Kesinger on Creating Story through Character
Foreword by techgnotic (https://www.deviantart.com/techgnotic)
It is with great pleasure we welcome BrianKesinger (https://www.deviantart.com/briankesinger) as a guest writer to the Today Page Editorial Team. Considering his authentic citizenship within the deviantART community, his thoughts and insights will be of great value to all aspiring artists, illustrators, writers and others involved in any creative endeavor. For over 18 years, Brian has worked for Walt Disney Studios on films like Big Hero 6, Winnie the Pooh, Tarzan, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph and Bolt. Brian is author and illustrator of his own octovictorian creation, the wild
If you fed your first and middle name into Google Translate, turned it into Latin, fiddled with the result then translated it back to English and switched the words around, you might get an idea of how Charles Lutwidge Dodgson came up with his pen name of Lewis Caroll. In less clever wordplay, Ever After High's Madeline Hatter is the daughter of Caroll's creation the Hatter (from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.) He's not named 'Mad' or explicitly called a "mad hatter" in the novel, although he quite clearly is 'mad'. The saying "as mad as a hatter" actually predated Caroll's story. In the 1800s, hatters tended to breathe mercury fumes as th
This year, Mattel launched Ever After High, its fairytale spinoff from Monster High. Monster High was about accepting your "freaky flaw"s, that nobody cares if you're the offspring of Dracula, Medusa, The Phantom of the Opera, Mr Hyde or The Boogey Man because you can still be a great 'person.' Ever After High is more discordant. The children of fairytale characters are broken up into Royals and Rebels, and the division isn't as clear as it might seem from their titles.
Raven Queen is the daughter of the Queen from Little Snow-White (Snow White's stepmother). However, Raven is not a 'Royal' but the instigator of rebellion at Ever After High
I was born in 1977, the year in which Star Wars came out on this very day 36 years ago. (Back then it was just called "Star Wars": "Episode IV" and "A New Hope" were 1981 retcons.) In preschool I had a double-figure reading age and tested at some kind of Mensa-for-five-year-olds level, so my parents sent me to a private girls' school from kindergarten to second grade. There's no typo between "private" and "school" in that sentence, but something about it may help explain why boys would continue to call me a "girl" for at least the succeeding decade. Also on this day in 19
I'm definitely inspired by Afrolady's #4 Page 7, so I'll start there, and will give the original page you sent me(Dark Designs - Part 2) a shot as well. Send me the script of the page you need drawn and I'll check it out too. The only other thing I need to know is the colours of the characters (or who they are, or coloured surrounding pages) so I won't throw out the continuity. (And anything else you think I might need - the original page's script, etc.)