Anyone who worked at Disney Feature Animation over the past forty years knew who Vance Gerry was. Very few actually got to see his work before it was shipped off to the archives.

Fortunately, the geek in me started making copies of his work and instead of sitting in a folder in my personal archive I want to share these drawings with as many people as possible. If you look long enough at these drawings and paintings you will be able to see the kind, funny, humble and generous man that was Vance Gerry.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Vance's Technique

Vance would sketch thumbnails of any idea that popped into his head relating to the story on a pad of ordinary 8.5 x 11 paper. He didn't judge the value of any idea before he sketched it, he would just keep moving forward. This is one of his sheets from POCAHONTAS.
Once he found an idea he liked he would draw it larger on that same 8.5 x 11 pad. This is one from HERCULES.

He would take this drawing over to the copy machine and copy it onto a sheet of off white card stock. This he would paint using an ordinary box of Pelikan watercolors.