Illustration for article titled Watch Disney Artist Glen Keane Draw the Little Mermaid in Virtual Reality

Former Disney animator Glen Keane doesn’t need much of an introduction. He’s the man who drew The Little Mermaid’s Ariel. And Aladdin. And Pocahontas. And Beast. Now, he’s embracing the latest tool for digital artistry.


Here, the legendary animator is using an HTC Vive virtual reality headset with Google’s amazing Tilt Brush software to draw some of his famous characters in 3D. He can walk around his characters as he paints them into existence, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever.


While Keane is mostly known for his physical—not digital—artistry, he also has a bit of a thing for experimental digital art forms, too. Most recently, he created this amazing 360-degree short story you can experience on your smartphone.

He was also the driving force behind Disney’s recent move to make CG films feel more like hand-drawn creations, starting with Disney’s Tangled, which inspired the hybrid of 2D and 3D animation used in the critically acclaimed Paperman.

Two years ago, Paperman won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

[Future of Storytelling Summit via Engadget]

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