If the thought of waiting until November for the next Disney movie — Pixar’s Coco — has you fretting, fret not! There’s an easy way to get your dose of fresh Disney every day, delivered right to your phone. The average Instagrammer knows official Disney accounts post cool behind-the-scenes art all the time, but only the savviest have discovered that Disney employees themselves often share their work on their own accounts. These feeds are veritable treasure troves of breathtaking development work, re-imaginings of your favourite Disney moments, and even the artists’ own original characters. In short, you’re going to want to follow these Disney artists STAT.
Brittney Lee is a visual development artist who has worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2010, with credits on Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, and the short Paperman. So far, she’s probably most associated with Frozen, for which she designed many of the characters’ costumes and worked on the interior of the Ice Palace, as well as a redesign of Elsa’s hair. Her signature style is dimensional paper art, which you’ll find all over her feed in the form of Disney characters you love — she’s particularly fond of a certain little mermaid — as well as original characters of her own. For what it’s worth, she also has a super-hot husband who shows up in pictures from time to time and works at Disney too.
Bill Schwab served as the art director of characters on Moana, was a character design supervisor on Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, and designed characters for Tangled and The Princess and the Frog. His feed is full of intriguing concept art that shows how the likes of Wreck-It Ralph, Louis the alligator, and Sven the reindeer evolved over time. Also, please note that here is an Easter egg he made look like Olaf the snowman.
Jason Deamer is a character designer and art director at Pixar with credits on films including WALL-E, Ratatouille, Monsters University and Finding Dory. He posts dazzling early designs of his work — he even recently shared concept art from the cancelled feature Newt — but you’ll absolutely fall in love with his adorable paintings (and anecdotes) of his young son.
Norm and Griz Lemay are a husband-and-wife duo who both work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Norm is a storyboard artist who’s worked on Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Moana, while Griz is a character designer and visual development artist whose credits include Moana and several Dreamworks movies, such as Home and Penguins of Madagascar. On Tuesdays, the pair shares tips for other artists, but you can also find all kinds of figure drawings, storyboards for Disney movie scenes, and lots of cats. So many cats.
The main reason to follow Michael Woodside is for his delightful buffet of corgi doodles. But the animator, who’s worked on films like Zootopia, Moana and Big Hero 6, also serves up clips of his work with deep captions that explain what went into the creation. And on Fridays, he dedicates a piece to one of his followers, often of classic characters like Stitch or Ursula.
It's #FanFridays again! Today's summery post is dedicated to @laylapreach_art! Thanks for following! One of my favorite late-era Disney films is Lilo and Stitch. There's so much heart and truth in that film, plus the drawings are gorgeous. With the temps starting to rise, I felt inspired to draw this little guy. Thanks again for following, @laylapreach_art! #animation #disney #disneyanimator #disneyanimation #liloandstitch #stitch #beach #summerbody
Lisa Keene is a Disney veteran, having worked as a visual development artist and background supervisor on classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Head to her feed for fine paintings of classic characters as well as breathtaking scenic design from films such as Frozen, Moana and Tangled. Fair warning: there are frequent videos of her goats.
Visual development artist Lorelay Bové has lent her talents to films including The Princess and the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, Zootopia and more. Her feed though is less of a behind-the-scenes look at her work and more of a vibrant ode to classic Disney films, as well as other pop culture icons like Wonder Woman, Khaleesi and Princess Leia.
H/T Cosmo UK