Animator Galen Pehrson Takes the Folk Star on a Psychotropic Trip Into the Dark Heart of Hollywood
Hand-drawn 2D animation is something of a dying art. What inspires you to stay the course?
Galen Pehrson: I enjoy drawing and making little worlds. The passion comes from the feeling of seeing a character come to life, or clouds blowing over a landscape. It’s not a passion reserved for animation but for sharing, creating and collaborating.
Is the process quite drawn out and isolating?
GP: I spend months alone. This piece took four months. I counted something like 2,140 hours. The one day I took off, I ran my car over a boulder.
What animation directors have inspired you lately?
GP: I recently discovered Sally Cruikshank—a cab driver turned me on to her work and my mind was blown. I feel like we might be kindred spirits.
What themes do you find yourself exploring over and over again?
GP: I think the biggest theme is nighttime. I work through the night, and there’s a different feeling in the air: a kind of stillness and clarity that I’m grasping at and trying to relay.