The Denver Comic Con offered a range of exciting things to do from celebrity appearances, comic book and Sci-fi sales, live music, Star Wars re-creations, and multiple artist appearances.
The Denver Comic Con offered a range of exciting things to do from celebrity appearances, comic book and Sci-fi sales, live music, Star Wars re-creations, and multiple artist appearances. However, by far the best things about this year's Denver Comic Con was meeting kind and inspirational Disney Phineas and Ferb artist Greg Guler.
When I sat down to interview him inside the Daily Planet news office, I felt so professional and excited to interview someone who worked for a big company like Disney!
Basically when he picked up a crayon when he was two was when Greg started his passion for art. He was very encouraged by his parents growing up to do what he loved. He said that they left him alone to do his work and didn’t stop him from trying to do it. He mostly self taught himself how to cartoon.
Greg has been working as a cartoonist at Disney since 1991, in fact he told me that he has also drawn in Aladdin, Lilo and Stitch, Mickey Mouse, Pooh and Tigger, Woody and Buzz, the Goofy show, Foxhound 2, Brother Bear 2, and so many more that he said he could go on forever! He made the process of getting on with Disney sound simple. Greg had to send a portfolio with samples of his fabulous art and information. The Disney Human Resources Department made the final decision whether to hire him or not, and the rest is history.
As far as Phineas and Ferb, Greg and the other artists get together with the director and go over the story boards to get an idea of how the characters need to look for a scene. His favorite character to draw on Phineas and Ferb is Doofenschmirtz, because he is always getting blown up and in funny situations which makes him fun to draw! I found it interesting when Greg told me that drawing on Phineas and Ferb all these years still isn’t boring, because the writers are so imaginative they make the story boards new and exciting and always challenging.
Greg said that to be an artist you have to be willing to put the time into it. “If you like to draw and its fun, then why not do it? No one can draw exactly like you can so that makes it unique. There is no such thing as a ’bad artist’ because of that either. Nothing is more fun and cheaper than drawing. There are so many resources to help you learn nowadays like you tube, art teachers, and just having the right materials can make all the difference in helping you become a better artist!”