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Aaron Blaise

Aaron Blaise

Jensen Beach, FL

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My name is Aaron Blaise and as you've probably figured out by now, I love drawing and painting animals! From an artistic perspective, animals and nature in general were the first things I started drawing from as far back as I can remember. I remember sitting in the garage with my father as a little six year old drawing pictures of the ducks in his field guide books as he carved his decoys. By age seven I knew most every species of duck in North America. Later when I moved to Florida I fell in love with the wildness of the state. I lived in a little trailer out just north of the Everglades near Corkscrew Swamp. It was my paradise. I spent the better part of my youth drawing, painting, tracking and photographing the wildlife in and around our area. I did it as a wild child. I rarely if ever wore shoes except to school, and the same went for shirts. I was always dirty, sweaty, and had to pull more than a few ticks off of me. But I also always had my sketchbooks and paints. I couldn't get enough of that.

Later I graduated from the Ringling College of Art with a certificate in Illustration in 1989. I was then hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation where I spent 21 years helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time I was lucky enough to have worked as an animator or supervising animator on "The Rescuers Down Under", "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King", "Pocahontas", "Mulan" and I was co-director of "Brother Bear" for which we earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. Since "Brother Bear" I helped to develop several projects but ultimately left Disney to pursue an opportunity back home in Florida to help start up a new animation studio called Tradition Studios. During the two and a half year life that the studio had we developed several feature film ideas. But it was a film about a little African Elephant that took root. It was called "The Legend of Tembo" and it was shaping up to become a beautiful story and visually stunning film. Like many start ups though, the company I was working for ran out of funds, went bankrupt, and I found myself without a job.
The loss of my job as an animation director though has been shaping up to become one of the greatest opportunities of my life. I have revived my painting career and launched this new website. I am so excited to see what the future might hold.

I'm 45 years old now and I find myself back in the head of a twelve year old running through the woods. I still like to get dirty. I still like to get sweaty. And I still occasionally pull a tick or even a leach from my skin...but I also still like to carry my sketchbooks, paints, and camera. Creating images of the amazing creatures that we share our Earth with is for me the greatest pleasure I could ever hope for in a career.

 

Leopard by Aaron Blaise

 

Male Lion by Aaron Blaise

 

Siesta by Aaron Blaise

 

Blue Heron Sketch by Aaron Blaise

 

Young Asian Elephant sketch by Aaron Blaise

 

Protecting the Queen by Aaron Blaise

 

Gorilla by Aaron Blaise

 

Tarangire Bull 2 by Aaron Blaise

 

Young Giraffe by Aaron Blaise

 

Matriarch 2 by Aaron Blaise

 

Sunrise by Aaron Blaise

 

The Orphin by Aaron Blaise

 

Tarangire Bull by Aaron Blaise

 

Grizzly Encounter by Aaron Blaise