Thursday, September 12, 2013


Not Peter Pan's sidekick, but one of the pillars of Disney TVA's story department. And also this job ...

Standing in front of her illustration class Professor Wendy Grieb teaches to her students how to make art fit for films and television. Many of Grieb’s own illustrations have been viewed by audiences all over the globe.

The Cal State Fullerton professor has worked on many film and television shows including Hercules, Tarzan, Lilo and Stitch, Pepper Ann, Dave the Barbarian, Phineas and Ferb and Emperor’s New School.

The Cal State Fullerton art professor’s most recent work involves the dance routines within Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, though she says her dance skills are limited only to paper. ...

Wendy Grieb has been a crackerjack storyboard artist for years. I've seen her numerous times at Disney's Sonora Street storyboard, creating magic on her Cintiq. Recently she told me she was doing another art project in addition to the Disney work, in addition to raising children.

Grieb is currently working on a set of children’s books. The first of the series that was released is Monster Needs a Costume. The next book to be released will be called, Monster Needs His Sleep. ...

I get tired just thinking about how many bases Wendy covers.

Women in storyboard positions are a distinct minority in the animation industry, and they have to be damn good to thrive in the business. Wendy's been at the top of her game for a while, and relates the driving philosophy she shares with her student:

“Draw.” ... “Always, always draw … (it) will give you ideas for stories. Give your heart to it. If you really want to do this, you have to have your heart in it.”

For Wendy Grieb, giving the job a 100% of her energies and talents has carried her a long way.


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