Legendary artist Glen Keane has contributed to a lengthy and beloved list of Disney films, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.
But Keane left Disney in 2012, and since then he’s been experimenting with new ways to bring his creations to life. As part of the Future of Storytelling Summit scheduled for this October, Keane stepped into the immersive world of virtual reality to draw some of his most iconic characters in a 3-D space.
Watch the video above to hear from Keane about the process, and to see as he steps through characters like Ariel and Beast to draw them in a virtual world. Keane uses an HTC Vive virtual reality headset along with the painting app Tilt Brush to bring his creations to life in a new format, and it’s as exciting to watch his elegant movement in the real world as it is to see the characters come to life on screen. Even only being able to see them in our screens’ 2-D video, it’s still a fascinating process to observe.
For more on Keane’s experimentation with new animation techniques, read EW’s interview with Keane about his short film Duet.