WATCH: Former Disney Artist Glen Keane Draws Ariel, Beast in Virtual Reality

Glen Keane is a legendary Disney artist who designed some of the most iconic characters we grew up with. He’s had an incredibly successful career, and yet because his art is so much a part of his being, he’s always dreamed of actually jumping into the page to create his drawings.

And now, in the video above, he does just that.

Glen is a guest at the upcoming Future of Storytelling event (FoST) in New York, and they made this video as a part of their Vimeo Page. Here’s some info on Glen — in case you don’t know him by name.

Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination. At FoST, he’ll explore how to tap into your own creativity, connecting to emotion and character more directly than ever before.

Check out the amazing video as Keane draws two of his iconic characters in virtual reality. Could this be the next level of animation?

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