Family Portrait

The fun and fanciful Walt Disney and Pixar characters we see cavorting on the big screen are charming, delightful and provide loads of entertainment. Yet, they can serve another purpose you might not have considered. These wonderful animated characters often remind us of ourselves and members of our family. It seems only natural that the family members should gather for a family portrait, don’t you think?

And, that’s how this particular large format color sketch came about. A young animation artist requested I create this painting because he saw himself and his family members as Disney and Pixar characters. It was easy to picture himself as Monsters, Inc.'s “Sully,” and his lovely wife could easily play the role of, “Belle.” Naturally, I’m sure she wanted much more than this provincial life. The animation artist saw his petulant young son as “Grumpy,” while his energetic, bouncing baby boy was the perfect Jack-Jack from The Incredibles. Finally, his cute teen age daughter was perfectly characterized as, “Rapunzel.”

I realized I hadn’t shown this color sketch to anyone else since I painted it some years ago. I happened across a photograph of the painting last evening while going through a bunch of photos. I hadn’t seen the picture in years, so I thought I would share it with you. Perhaps you see yourself as a Disney or Pixar character on occasion. If that’s the case, what Disney character would you be? A hero, villain or a zany side kick? Would you live happily ever after, or fall to your doom from a high tower? It appears Disney villains often die this way. True, it may not be fun, but at least you’ll go out with a bang. Then again, I wonder if Disney or Pixar villains even die anymore? More often than not, It appears they’re required to return for the inevitable sequel.

It was fun to create this cartoon family portrait for an animation artist and his family.

It was fun to create this cartoon family portrait for an animation artist and his family.