A Bit About the Glass Painter

This is for my friend Cris over at Travelosopher. She is a remarkable artist in her own right – painter, writer, animator and traveller, she created a family of monsters that my adopted nephew and niece love and have their mother tell them about repeatedly at bedtime.

A finger-painted (literally) glass cel from Aleksandr Petrov’s The Old Man and the Sea.

I thought she, and my other readers, might enjoy this profile of Aleksandr Petrov who’s work I featured on Monday.  This was made when his The Old Man and the Sea was given the Oscar for animated feature in 2000.

On this day in 1791: The Priestley Riots drive Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England.

Lunedi Lunacy

As I mentioned in a previous Lunedi Lunacy animation has progressed a long way from the days of Steamboat Willie and digital animation has given the art form – and I believe it is an art form – a new look and style. Though I will repeat that I am old fashioned enough to still prefer the look of the older hand painted cels.  To me they have more life and “soul” than something created by a computer programme.

It appears that many of the Russian animators follow the technique of  Yuriy Norshetyn and hand paint on layers of glass rather than celluloid acetate.  Aleksandr Petrov, one of Norshetyn’s disciples, has taken it one step further and though he paints on layers of glass uses slow drying oil paint or pastels and rather than creating the designs with a paint brush uses his fingertips.  He used this technique for the over 29,000 frames he created for is 1999 Academy Award winning short The Old Man and the Sea.

He used the same technique for this charming but in many ways melancholy little piece from 2010: Еще раз! (Encore!).  It was created to celebrate Yaroslavl, the city of Petrov’s birth.  An old man listens to a popular record of the time and remembers his childhood along the Volga embankment in the 30s.


Petrov has worked closely with Studio Pascal Blais in Montreal – The Old Man and the Sea was produced by them – and his work is familiar from some of the commercials he’s produced for United Airlines, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, amongst others.  They can be viewed at the Studio website here .

On this day in 1848: Waterloo railway station in London opens.