20 April 2015

The Simple Illustration Book That Inspired Walt Disney’s Animation Career

Many present-day greats in the animation world have taken cues from the legacy of the cultural icon, Walt Disney, but who had Disney himself drawn inspiration from to create his popular fictional characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy?

The classic book, titled What To Draw And How To Draw It by Edwin George Lutz, was first published in 1913 and had provided art direction for many self-starters, among whom was Walt Disney.

With its simple aesthetic and basic instructions to drawing cats, horses and owls among other creatures, it teaches the reader to create simple but sweet illustrations.

This step-by-step guide will delight all lovers of Disney’s work and beginners in animation. Take a look at sample pages of this wonderful book below.

[via The Guardian]