Learn from Walt Disney Studios animator and comic book artist Ken Hultgren and his book “The Know-How of Cartooning”. This book one of the more lesser known books on animation and art, but a great resource!

KenHultgrenKen Hultgren (November 14, 1915 – December 13, 1968) Kenneth Vernon Hultgren was one of the great “animal artists” at Disney in the 1940s. Born in Minneapolis, he studied at the School of Art in his hometown. In 1935 he moved to California to start his artistic career. Soon afterwards, he joined the Disney Studios, where he became one of the best animators. He worked on such productions as ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1937) and ‘Bambi’ (1942), doing model sheets and layouts.

He worked on the ‘Mickey Mouse’ daily comic with writer Milt Banta, succeeding Larry Knighton. From 1955 to 1962 he also worked for Archie Comics and several syndicates, doing among others a comic strip based on Hanna-Barbera’s ‘The Flintstones’. At the same time, Hultgren remained active as an animator (‘Mr. Magoo’, ‘Popeye’, ‘The Archie Show’). Ken Hultgren died of a heart attack in 1968. (via Lambiek comiclopedia)

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Lavalle has been making animated online cartoons since 2001 for his website flashcartoons.org. In 2009 Lavalle started learning from Don Bluth in his hand-drawn animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. In 2011 he started this website after seeing most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation. Lavalle also is the host of the popular online series. "The Traditional Animation Show". Lavalle is currently working for Don Bluth Films as a Production Manager and helped champion Dragon's Lair: The Movie Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign.

15 Comments

  1. October 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    Does anybody know if he sketched straight with ink and brush ?Interestng.

  2. October 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm — Reply

    Codi Nicole Anderson

    • October 30, 2017 at 9:28 pm — Reply

      Lol already ahead of you, I saved it for later to read once I get the chance! Also looking into a few more books for character designing.

    • October 30, 2017 at 9:33 pm — Reply

      I’ll definitely check into it.

      A few that’s on my list:
      Drawn to life
      Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters:
      And ultimate cartooning

    • October 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm — Reply

      I still need to read The Illusion of Life one of these days

    • October 30, 2017 at 9:44 pm — Reply

      Yeah that’s the one book I don’t have on animation because to me it’s super expensive. I have Preston Blair’s, animator survival kit, and two other animation books. If you get to it before I do let me know what’s in there and if it’s worth the price. Lol

      • Dave
        October 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm — Reply

        100% worth it. You can find it used for $15-$20.

  3. October 31, 2017 at 12:48 am — Reply

    য়্রত্রচস!

  4. October 31, 2017 at 2:07 am — Reply

    Gabriel

  5. October 31, 2017 at 2:29 am — Reply

    Lucas Almeida Demelo

  6. October 31, 2017 at 3:41 am — Reply

    Monica

  7. October 31, 2017 at 3:41 am — Reply

    Livro completo, um dos primeiros desenhistas da Disney, somente sobre animação Monica

  8. October 31, 2017 at 3:46 am — Reply

    Love it. I’m always doodling something up in a hurry.

  9. October 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    Laura

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