Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Time to unveil my design of the Land Mark Post...

This Saturday March 10, 2018 the city of Monrovia CA is throwing a Block Party to celebrate the contribution Allen Allensworth made to the community.

If you are in the area this Saturday stop by and join in the festivities. There will be booths, and refreshments, city dignitaries, boosters from northern CA and a great, great nephew of Allen Allenworth.
The street will be blocked off around the Second Baptist Church area and the festivities will start at 11am, so I suggest getting there early.

until next time...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Two old friends talking about the past...

 Today, this action would have gotten me (23) ejected from the game...
(Citrus Junior College, Azusa, CA)

Back then, it paved the way for an athletic scholarship and a BA degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.                                 
(# 26 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Traveling to away games I made a habit of taking the Gideon Bibles from the nightstand drawers.
 Didn't read them, just took them.
After two seasons I had quite a collection.

Finally got around to reading the Holy Bible, these pages that inspire faith, influence our world view and how we treat others...changed my whole outlook on life.
If these words had an impact on me, perhaps others also.
I gave all the Bibles away.

February 10th 1975...
My first day in the Disney Animation Trainee program I met Glen Keane. Glen had been accepted into the program six months before. He became my roommate, prayer partner and friend.This encounter led to our life long friendship forged in faith.

(Taken from The Man Who Brought Pocahontas to Life  by Kevin Dale Miller -The Christian Reader July/August 1995)

Who are the The Gideons ???

 The Gideons International heard of Glen's testimony about receiving the bible and wanted to record it for posterity and encouragement of it's members.           

 Several months ago at Glen Keane's studio, The Gideons International sent interviewer Abigail Bass (back to camera) and film crew Sam Marshall, Brian Ellison and Kyle Saunders to film Glen and I talking about this incident in our past.

Our friendship has grown over the years as this article written by Abigail explains in detail...if you haven't read it already, I hope you enjoy.

(Me, Kobe and Glen)

When I see Glen on TV at the Oscars for the animation he did of Kobe Bryant's poem "Dear Basketball"(nominated for Animated Short), I'll not only think of what a great creative talent Glen is but also of his spiritual strength and faith in God.

until next time...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February 8th , 2018...


Thank you all for wishing me a Happy Birthday Anniversary we're only born once, the rest are anniversaries of that day:- )

February 8, 2018 6:15am...
I woke up this morning to the smell of my wife LaVonne putting the finishing touches on a Red Velvet cake, read the book of Ephesians, bicycled the streets for 40 minutes,  took the dog for a walk, 120 push-ups, listened to my daughter Melissa her husband Johann and the grands  sing Happy Birthday Dad from Pearl City, Hawaii over the phone,  daughter in law Kay and granddaughter Asher checked in from D.C. and son Jai called from chilly Kentucky to say Happy Birthday,  enjoyed a 80 minute massage at the spa, again, care of LaVonne and now reading all the well wishes from friends and family from facebook and messenger.

My next step on my Birthday Anniversary  is to start inking an illustration I started back in August.

A word about how I start an illustration.
 I refer to my animation background when illustrating. In animation you tell a story with a series of pictures. In an illustration you tell a story with one picture. What and how much can you say in one picture?  A whole lot.
I remember Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and all the older animators giving us younger guys the advice to spend half your time thinking about your scene and the other half animating it.
Time spent thinking about all the possible ways of doing something, then do it in the most entertaining way.

Photos serve as my starting point.
Most photo reference I've had for years. Just sitting in a folder waiting for the right moment. Then the right scenario starts to come into focus and I'm inspired to bring it to fruition.

There is nothing new under the sun, just what you do with it. Take for instance Romeo and Juliet is West Side Story set in modern times. Frankenstein subtitled The Modern Prometheus or Star Wars, a cowboy picture set in outer space. Not to belittle these movies but they serve as as examples of taking something that already exists and presenting it in an entertaining way.

This is the  vintage photo that jump started me on the illustration "Wedding Photo 1930" 23" x 29" pen and ink.

(Completed illustration- "Wedding Photo 1930",  23"x29" pen and ink),
 Just add people...lots of people.

People in interesting, storytelling poses.

(Wedding Photo 1930 early stages of ink)

(Wedding Photo 1930 early stages of ink)

(Wedding Photo 1930 early stages of ink)

 In animation or illustrations I try to make the scene 'eye candy' something interesting to look at.

On this occasion I'll start inking my latest project 23" x 29" pen and ink- 'Circus 1930'...

The vintage photo that I saw years ago served as the foundation of an interesting illustration.

It has taken me since August 2017 to pencil this piece.

 Early pencil drawings...


 My formula just add people...

 in interesting...

 storytelling poses.

Solid drawing makes makes the illustration believable.

These pieces take about a year to complete.
 I'm not working on them continually, just a couple hours here and there. Sometimes more or less time and there may be days that go by without a line drawn.

When I was in animation a great deal of time was spent researching our subjects. These illustrations are no different. Clothing, hairstyles, as well as body types, body language, emotions, solid drawing and more all play a part in storytelling and the entertainment value of the piece.

I'll share how this piece progresses.

9:45 pm February 8th, 2018 my Birthday is almost gone, it's time to ink.

until next time...

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Allen Allensworth Monument Monrovia, CA...

  Allensworth Monument...

(Monrovia, CA the city I was born and raised in and and attend The Second Baptist Church there.)

 A few months back the city of Monrovia, CA sent out a Call for Artists: Request for Submittal Monrovia Treasures Landmark Post.

About Monrovia Treasures  Landmark Posts 
To celebrate Monrovia heroes through public art that honor their contributions.

The article (above) says it all, except mention who the artist is whose work was chosen...guess who:-)


until next time...


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mementos from the Jane Addams Award Ceremony...

Though I was not able to attend the Jane Addams Awards Ceremony in NY, Heather Crowley of Disney Publishing sent these tokens of the occasion across the country to me in CA.

Along with an honorarium came these...

(The Program.)

(Program order of service)

(more program content)

                                    A bookmark, cover stickers...

and this Certificate.

until next time...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Jane Addams Children's Book Award

 TODAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2017 the JANE ADDAMS PEACE ASSOCIATION presents the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards.

The ceremony will be held at their headquarters 777United Nations Plaza, 4th floor, New York, New York.  The event is free and open to the public and will end with a book signing and reception.
(Steamboat School with silver Jane Addams Children's Book Award sticker)

(Official announcement of Steamboat School's acceptance)

(Other recognition leading up to this award.)

 At 2:30 pm EST the committee members will announce each Awardee and Honoree who will be presented with a certificate, honorarium and 30 complementary book seals.

Unfortunately due to other commitments (teaching a class at that time) I will not be in attendance. Maria Elias, designer of Steamboat School, will accept the award on my behalf and read my acceptance speech.

Acceptance Speech of Ron Husband:

"With gratitude and pride I accept the 2017 Jane Addams Children's Book Award for illustrating Steamboat School.

I want to thank the the Jane Addams Committee for recognizing Steamboat School out of the thousands of titles that went to press this past year.

I also want to thank those who made my association with Steamboat School possible and one of the memorable experiences in my life.
-Barbara Nelson who first introduced the project.
-Ken Shue and staff at Disney Publications Word Wide in California.
-Editors Tamson Weston and Rotem Moscovich of Disney/Hyperion Publications New York.
-Author Deborah Hopkinson whose word pictures were the inspiration for my illustrations.  
-And my wife LaVonne for her continued love and support.

Again, thank you Jane Addams Committee for honoring Steamboat School with this prestigious award."

Ron Husband

(Book plate to be handed out during book signing in my absence.)
until next time...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Atlantis:The Lost Empire...part 5

(Head expressions of Dr. Sweet )

 Like a broken record I keep mentioning thumbnails as a valuable step in the process of animation.
My drawing ability got me into the studio as an Animation Trainee but it is the thought process that would have to sustain me if I wanted to succeed in a career as an animator.
Thumbnails were a part of the learning process.
 Along with my daily animation sessions with Disney Legend Eric Larson there were handouts to read and give thought to. Having no animation experience prior to coming to the Disney studio made everyday there a learning experience and soaking up as much knowledge as possible was a challenge and pleasure. These notes came from the masters of animation, who were in the building, on the floor below or in rooms right down the hall from me.

These notes were the thoughts of Disney Legend Milt Kahl on thumbnails...

Thumbnails used on Atlantis...
One of the first lessons I was taught as an animation trainee was to spend half your time thinking about a scene and the other half animating the scene. These words of wisdom did not make much sense then, but in time their practicality would ring loud and clear.

Thinking about what you want to do is just as important as to what and how you do it.

What is the purpose of the scene, why is it in the happening at particular time?
Listening to the sound track (over and over) for any nuances, accented words, sound effects etc.
How much time do I have to get over the business?
Is the 'business' plain enough for the audience to 'get it?'
Can this pose be stronger?
Is this the proper camera angel to showcase what needs to be communicated?
These and many more questions have to be answered before animation starts.

Dr.Sweet as he passes by Milo who has a 'kink' in his neck. My first thoughts of how the action should play worked out in thumbnails.

More detailed thumbnails provide a look at the fielding (in blue), staging and acting of the scene without wasting time animating actions which do not work properly in the field size.
These drawings are what I would show the directors for approval to start animating.


 Dr. Sweet, without being asked and to Milo's surprise, adjusts his neck.                                                               

These early thumbnails (below) are from a scene towards the end of the picture.
This time Milo asks the Doctor for his neck to be adjusted, indicating bonding and trust has occurred in Atlantis.
Idea possibilities are worked out in the thumbnail stage.

The thumbs have given me a firm idea as to how the scene should play out.



Thumbnails also help me visualize and map out field size (below in red) and character silhouette as the action takes place.

The  action-
Dr.Sweet hands on hips, rubbing hands together and cracking knuckles in eager anticipation of the action that is about to take place (2). He has to turn Milo's head around for the adjustment (3).

Milo's neck adjustment based on reality-
I was seeing a chiropractor during the making of Atlantis. He would work on the alignment of my lower back and spine by adjusting my neck. I asked him how he held his hands as the adjustment took place.

Right thumb behind ear, index and middle finger bent along jaw line and two fingers straight towards chin. Left hand thumb behind ear, first two fingers straight long jaw line and two fingers straight pointing toward chin.
Now to caricature reality in animation.
Add some exaggerated head twists and you've got a bit of entertainment:- )

(In a handout dated 5-29-81 Eric Larson wrote this about reality..."All great characters have been the results of the successful caricature of reality and our knowledge and use of reality has been gained from an analysis and appreciation of that which we have observed, read about, been told about, discussed and perhaps even dreamed about. It is the sum total of all this that will make our linear characters entertaining and have meaningful, harmonic relationships with the audience.
True, we are reminded of these facts at every  turn, but we hear them, leave them with a mental note: Yeah, I know that! and promptly go about our work not putting them to use.")

until next time...

In my last post February was singled out as a very busy month for me. I posted before a few of the events took place...

Feb. 18th...
reading of Steamboat School at the Monrovia Library...

Feb. 20th...
Taught my first class at Mt. San Antonio College

Feb. 25th...
One of three speakers at the Monrovia/Duarte Black Alumni Scholarship Luncheon...

Feb. 28th...
Spoke to an assembly at Clifton Middle School (class of '64) in Monrovia...

(Capacity crowd at Clifton's auditorium)

            Fortunately it was a short month:- )