Friday, October 28, 2016

Carter Goodrich

There are a few artists working in feature animation today that are constantly in demand for their skills. Carter Goodrich is one of them. His character designs have been a part of major animated theatrical releases for most of the studios around town. For Dreamworks he worked on Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams, Sinbad, Shrek, and The Croods. For Illumination he contributed to both Despicable Me movies. For Sony he worked on Open Season 1 and 2, and Hotel Transylvania. For Disney he helped out Tarzan, and Home on the Range, and at Pixar he drew for Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, and Brave. He even works on independent films such as next year’s Animal Crackers co-directed by NCS member Tony Bancroft. And that’s not to mention all the films he works on in the development stage that sometimes don’t get made!

This drawing is from such a project. Carter sends this to us from an untitled project that never happened at the home of Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animation based in Great Britain. All we know is that her name is Carroll, she is dressed for winter, and is carrying a rabbit, BUT, it is a beautiful pencil drawing by Carter in his unmistakeable style that you have seen so many times in the “art of” books that the studios all create. It is drawn on a 9x13.5 piece of paper, and is signed.

If all of Carter’s work in animation doesn’t amaze you enough, then also note that this is the same Carter Goodrich who is also an illustrator. His work in magazines is well admired, particularly the numerous covers he has provided for The New Yorker. He has created pieces for books such as the covers for the first two popular Politically Correct Bedtime Stories back in the 1990s, and more recently he has been illustrating children’s books such as We Forgot Brock, Say Hello to Zorro, A Creature Was Stirring, and A Christmas Carol.

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