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Pete Docter bought crow-quill pens hoping to draw like Richard Thompson

Disney/Pixar’s Peter Docter was featured in the New York Times on Sunday during which he revealed that he was inspired by Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson. Here’s the snippet:

DRAWING I just bought a pile of crow-quill pen nibs. You know, the kind you dip in ink before you draw. Richard Thompson, the author of one of my all-time favorite comic strips called ?Cul de Sac,? is a big pen-nib fan, and I bought them under the belief that once I owned these nibs I would be able to draw as well as Thompson. I?m thinking it might also help if I slept with them under my pillow.

Peter was the director to Pixar’s latest release Inside Out and the blockbuster favorite Up.

Community Comments

#1 John Lotshaw
@ 6:05 pm

Sleeping with the nibs! THAT’s why I’m nowhere as good as Richard Thompson!!

Well… it can’t hurt… :)

#2 Richard Orlin
@ 8:23 pm

Richard Thompson is an original and his work will be sorely missed. Of course, the quote is tongue-in-check. It’s not the tool, but the brain that guides the tool that makes the work outstanding.

#3 b.j. dewey
@ 5:00 pm

Agree with Richard Orlin on art tools trumped by the brain, and here’s another take on it (the eyes being the brain) from Maurice Grosser: “The painter draws with his eyes, not with his hands. Whatever he sees, if he sees it, he can put it down.”

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