By Sarah Barrie Fenton
The Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM) plays host to all sorts of wonderful animation industry events, lectures, and special exhibits. Just recently they held an intimate workshop of about 15 people to spend an afternoon with the amazing visual development artist, Brittney Lee. Tina Hsu, Bianca Wong and myself were there from the Academy of Art, and we were all very excited for the opportunity to spend time with one of our shared inspirational artists.
Brittney started off the workshop introducing herself and describing some of the projects she’s worked on at Disney such as Tangled, Wreck It Ralph and Frozen. She works mostly digitally but confesses that her true passion is working with paper, which is also a favorite medium of the great Mary Blair whose exhibit is currently at the WDFM. Britney had prepared packets for each of us, including templates, matte frames and all the supplies we would need to create our own unique piece of paper sculpture. She walked us through her process starting us off on the right foot, and then let us get as creative as we wanted. Brittney and her husband David (who is a TD at Disney and well trained in her paper-craft method) walked around helping where needed, and graciously answered all sorts of questions, artistic, personal and professional.
“Paper Craft with Brittney Lee” photo credit: Sarah Barrie Fenton
At the end, we each took home a special piece of paper art in the long standing tradition of Mary Blair and so many talented others, the knowledge of how to continue to create our own paper-craft, and the memories of spending some quality time with Brittney. Tina sums up our afternoon perfectly “Working with Brittney was such an inspiring experience and I wish we had more than two hours to go deeper. The event was so much fun and I definitely plan to do more with what I learned from her!” Best day ever!
“Paper Craft with Brittney Lee” pictured: Tina Hsu and Brittney Lee, photo credit: Sarah Barrie Fenton
“Paper Craft with Brittney Lee” pictured: Sarah Barrie Fenton and Brittney Lee, photo credit: Sarah Barrie Fenton
To see more of Brittney Lee’s artwork, please visit her website at http://britsketch.blogspot.com/
Sarah Barrie Fenton is an instructor at the Academy of Art University, more of her artwork can be found at http://zealousceles.blogspot.com/