Neato: Video Of A Disney Animator Drawing Ariel In 3-D Virtual Reality

December 12, 2017


This is a clip from The Late Late Show with James Corden of Disney animator Glen Keane (Family Circus creator Bil Keane's son, and brother to Jeff Keane who still draws the comic) using Google's virtual reality painting app Tilt Brush to draw The Little Mermaid's Ariel in 3-D space. Pretty neat. It's also pretty neat that such creativity and artistic talent run so rampant in this family. You know what runs in my family? "Police arrests?" High blood pressure.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Charlotte, who agrees the musical accompaniment was a nice touch.

  • Meh

    Becoming anything that encapsulates drawing for money used to be my dream. Then i failed. Great times.

  • TheQiwiMan

    You didn't fail until the moment you gave up, tho.

  • TheJMan92

    You aren't alone! Word is it takes a lot of time and effort.

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  • Jenness

    This was more magical than I expected and refreshing. I just bought the Little Mermaid for my son, only the original version where the Prince marries someone else, she watches him and his new bride in bed on their wedding night, her sisters show up with a knife from the sea witch so she can stab him in the heart so his blood will change her feet (which were always so painful they bled when she walked) back into fins and she could be a mermaid who sang again in the sea. Only she ended up dying and turning into sea foam. *happy sighs* The good ole stories where shit got fucking real and you learned how life really is.

  • TheQiwiMan

    That is seriously impressive, being able to accurately transfer a 2D flat cartoon image into 3D space, that guy is a Master Artist!

  • heretikeen

    Master artisan is more like it.
    It's like a dog that's trained to do tricks. Those guys don't do anything but draw EXACTLY the same disney faces all their lives. No art in repeating.

  • JJtoob

    Artists can do creation and recreation, even interpretation. It is true that he likely has drawn Ariel countless times, but it does not mean that it is all he can do, let alone being able to do it in 3D which at least the software and hardware he's using, hasn't been around for that long in comparison.

  • GeneralDisorder

    It is very impressive but honestly the software is impressive too. It's amazing that they've been able to put together software that even parses things as 3d let alone can render new art in realtime. Like a 3d paintbrush. I can barely fathom how many lines of code that took.

  • david

    I dunno if drawing family circus counts as creativity or artistic talent.

  • GeneralDisorder

    It's an epic skill to not splatter your brain matter all over your work when you create such droll bullshit

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