I keep an interesting book in my office called The Artist Within which features more than 200 artists photographed in their studios along with a small description and drawing. Below is the spread dedicated to Bil Keane.
Years before I ever realized that Bil Keane was the father of Disney animator Glen Keane, I had written to Bil Keane at the urging of a friend and mentor who had various cartoonist contacts. I don’t recall what my letter said but I did receive an answer and a nice little sketch.
While Bil’s legacy will live on through his Family Circus work, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to his life and work by sharing the other legacy he leaves behind in the talented family he has inspired as a father and grandfather and artist.
Below is the work of three generations of Keanes.
|The Family Circus’ Billy greets me in a Bil Keane sketch.
|Glen Keane’s drawing in my copy of The Art of Tangled.
|Claire Keane’s cover art for Anne of Green Gables.