Animator/illustrator and Director John Musker photographed in his Southern California home studio, by Greg Preston for the Artist Within Portrait Project.

Sending Happy Birthday wishes to Animator/Director/ Illustrator John Musker, today November 8th!

Happy Monday! It's November 8th, and I am reminded that it is Animator/ Illustrator John Musker's Birthday today!

"John Musker is a 40-year veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios where he was an animator, storyboard artist, writer, director, and producer. He co-wrote and/or directed (with writing partner Ron Clements) The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog, and Moana.

He studied animation at CalArts as part of the new Character Animation Program in the mid-Seventies, learning from Disney and Chouinard veterans like Elmer Plummer, Bill Moore, and Ken O’Connor. He also learned from his fellow classmates there, many who have gone on to direct distinguished films, folks like John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Henry Selick, Tim Burton, and Chris Buck. At Disney he was mentored by Eric Larson, the veteran animator and one of Disney’s fabled “Nine Old Men,” who brought Figaro the cat to life in Pinocchio, among many other characters in his distinguished career.

"John retired from Walt Disney Feature Animation in the spring of 2018, and is currently animating his own short film by hand, as well as chasing around his young granddaughter, Lucy." Musker resides in La Cañada, California, with his wife Gale, a former story/research librarian at Disney, and not far from his three grown children Patrick, Jackson, and Julia."

I was incredibly honored to include this portrait of John, photographed in his home studio, in my book of Artists portraits "The Artist Within: Book 2! Have a look around,

You can keep up with him on his facebook page here:

Happy Birthday John, hope your day is Amazing!

art © John Musker

Photo @ Greg Preston

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