"After attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he majored in Illustration, Eric became a full-time assistant animator on Raggedy Ann and Andy, directed by Richard Williams. Upon the completion of Ziggy’s Gift, Eric landed back in London, where he co-founded Pizazz Pictures, a commercials studio with a world-wide clientele. There he directed spots with such diverse techniques as cel-animation, brush-painting, stop-motion and pixillation, colored-pencil rendering, live-action and animation combinations, and digital compositing.
With the success revival of animation due to films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Little Mermaid, Eric returned to Los Angeles for what turned out to be a 10-year run at the Walt Disney Studios. His first assignment was as Supervising Animator of Aladdin’s wise-cracking Genie. After that, he co-directed the successful Pocahontas, animated the feisty Danny DeVito-voiced satyr Phil in Hercules, followed by Fantasia/2000, which he directed, wrote and animated two critically-acclaimed sequences: “Carnival of the Animals” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” The latter was a labor of love which was inspired by both George Gershwin and the legendary theatrical caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who served as artistic consultant."-cartoon brew
This portrait of Eric with Animator/ wife Susan Goldberg
was taken in their Southern California studio for "The Artist Within" Book 1.
You can see more portraits from the artist within project here:
And of course both books are available on the Sideshow Collectables website here:
art © Eric Goldberg