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Gesture: The Soul of Drawing – The Pixar Way!

Carrying on the Gesture Conversation started by legendary animation artist and 10th old man from Disney,  Walt Stanchfield. Clearly gesture is the heart beat of what breathes life into a character. The gesture line that started with Walt Stanchfield has continued through to these direct descendants who are now carrying on the conversation. CTN is proud to present Alex Woo and Matt Jones Story both Sketch Artists currently working at Pixar Animation Studios as they discuss and demonstrate live the power and essence of the Gesture as it’s been handed down, explored and modified but at it’s core has kept it’s essence. Models will be posing during this session and Walts spirit will be in the room. Live demonstrations will be included.

Alex Woo is a story artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He has worked on the films Ratatouille, WALL-E, Cars 2, and 1906 (unreleased). He is currently working on Pixar’s untitled 2013 film.

Alex has a B.F.A. in Film/TV Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also directed and produced the short film “Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher”, which won a 2004 Student Academy Award. Alex teaches the weekly gesture drawing class at Pixar University.

Matt Jones has worked in the animation industry for 14 years, initially in commercials in London & lately on feature animated productions.  He’s currently a senior Story Artist on Aardman/Sony’s ‘Arthur Christmas’. While working on BiboFilms’ ‘A Monster In Paris’ in the South of France he managed to contact his drawing hero Ronald Searle & subsequently met the master. He is the owner of the most popular blog on Ronald Searle and is currently working at Pixar.

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