Dave Brain is currently a T.V. animation director, a drawing and animation instructor and an animation skills book author. His principal work during his 40 year career has been as an animator. He has worked on Disney feature films, Hanna-Barbera shows, Sesame Street spots, Peanuts specials, hundreds of T.V. commercials, Oscar winning shorts and Emmy winning specials.
He has worked with or studied under Bobe Cannon, Bill Melendez, Ward Kimball, Friz Freleng, Steve Bosustow, Eric Larsen, Bob Kurtz, Chuck Jones, John Loundsbery, Lee Mishkin, Hal Ambro, Irv Spence, Phil Monroe, Phil Roman, Fred Wolf, Jimmy Murakami, Corny Cole, Fred Crippen, Linda Miller, Abe Levitow, Mike Judge, David Fiess, Richard Williams, Chuck Swensen, Frank Terry, Sharon Bridgeman, Mike Goguen and Matt O’Callahan.
Dave has storyboarded, designed characters, been a show director, as well as run his own small studio for three years. He has taught animation skills at the Chouinard School, The American Animation Institute, Otis Art Institute, and The Academy of Art in Sherman Oaks. He also designed a course of study to teach animation at The Dun Laogharie Art School near Dublin, Ireland.
When we conducted this interview, his new book had just been released, titled Gardner’s Guide to Drawing for Animation. It’s a beginning drawing book with particular emphasis on the skills needed to construct good animation and storyboard objects and poses. Other books were in the works, and may be out, by the time you read this.
This episode is sponsored by The UPA Legacy Project.