The 75th Anniversary of the 1941 Disney Strike

Amid Amidi marks the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the first Disney labor strike, which started on May 29th, 1941:

…tensions had been building at the studio since the runaway success of the studio’s first film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, and employees of the studio had a litany of grievances from low wages and salary cuts to arbitrary layoffs, arcane bonus distribution systems, and oppressively long hours (including mandatory work on Saturdays).

Check out the full piece here.  Amidi offers a quick overview of what lead up to the strike, a gallery of images, and a connection to the working and wage condition of animation artists today.

Digital Drawing & Painting: A Brief History

There has never been so many ways to draw and paint digitally as there are today. Whether you’re drawing on an industry standard pen display tablet like the Wacom Cintiq, inking your comic using Manga Studio on a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, or using the Procreate app on an iPad Pro the last few years have seen an explosion in potential applications and hardware geared towards direct manipulation of your art with a stylus on a screen.

How did we get here? What was it like for the digital arts pioneers in the earliest days as these tools and technologies were being developed? Let’s take a brief look at some of the highlights of digital drawing and painting history.

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