Lawrence Johnson at two-years-old.

Lawrence Johnson has been animating since he was a 12 year old boy, playing with his dad’s Bolex camera. He studied a book by Disney animator Preston Blair and started making movies. It took a few decades of documentary filmmaking to bring him back to his first love. Stuff, his film about his father’s death, called for a way to create dreams and childhood memories. He adapted his style of drawing — with a sumi brush and carbon ink — to a 2D technique of animation, to make one of the most popular parts of the film. ¬†Jason Edwards of Smash the Hive, asked Lawrence to animate some cartoons for his series¬†My American Waistline. In this series, Lawrence enjoyed the freedom to make his characters do anything. Now he’s hooked.

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