WHIMSICAL PUBLIC DOMAIN DRAWING BOOK THAT INSPIRED WALT DISNEY
Find the hidden artist in you and your family with the incredible whimsical step by step drawing book by Edwin G. Lutz. The book is now public domain and available for free to use entirely online . A 19 year old Walt Disney is said to have discovered Lutz’s book Animated Cartoons: How They Are Made, Their Origin and Development, while he was working at the Kansas City Film Ad Company. From the book, he learned the many tricks of the trade from cycles to how to hold and repeat drawings. Little is known about Lutz.
As well as writing numerous books on the art of drawing and animation, Lutz made his living creating cartoons, typically anthropomorphic, for newspapers such as the New York Herald and Philadelphia Press. His most frequent work was illustrating for the “Book of Magic”, which was the special children’s section of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, for which he drew many cartoons and invented children’s craft activities often involving optical tricks like the piece below.