When you’ve worked for Disney as an animator for nearly two decades there’s a very good chance your work is pretty solid. The work of Brian Kesinger is particularly solid. I was browsing his Deviantart page today and saw some drawings that I just had to share with you. He has a style that’s more than just animation. There’s a realism to his work and I for one will never complain when somebody’s work has somewhat of a steampunk touch to it.
Here’s a brief biography on the artist:
Brian Kesinger is an American illustrator, author and animator who has worked at Walt Disney Studios for some 16 years. His works are steeped in Victorian steampunk art. He was accepted at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California during his senior year at high school, becoming in 1996 at age 18 he became the youngest animator in the history of the company. He started as a layout artist on the film Tarzan and in his career with Disney Animation has filled many positions ranging from visual development to story artist. In 2011 he received the Annie Award for his story work on Disney’s Prep and Landing, with his most recent film at Disney being the Academy Award-nominated Wreck-It Ralph. Two of his most popular characters are the unlikely duo of Victoria Prismall, an independent young lady, and Otto (Italian for ‘eight’), her live-in octopus who is a friend, butler and pet. They have appeared in books, prints, T-shirts, and more.
Check out some of my favorite sketches below: