Eugene Salandra

A New Jersey native, I studied film and television at New York University, and drawing at the Art Students' League of New York. Excepting a brief Benedictine monastic sojourn, my life has been occupied with practicing the art of animation. Mentors John Canemaker and the late Tissa David were among my influences. Favorite things include drawing, watercolor, tea and herbalism, yoga, meditation, music, theatre, puppetry, crochet, nature strolls, and vegetarian cooking.

Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family

(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)



Merry Christmas!






(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)

(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)



(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)


(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)



(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)


(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)




James Brandon with a Hat
(3 min. ink & crayon studies on paper, 2013)

It's teatime, kiddies!
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)



(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)


With a Smile and a Song


In this mid-1990's photograph, Marge Champion, dancer and live-action model for both Snow White and the Blue Fairy, demonstrates to me how to hold my hand delicately like Snow White.  Sam Levine, Sue Perrotto, and John Canemaker look on.

(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)

Happy Halloween!
(ink and watercolor on paper, 2002)



(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)


(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)





Three-minute Gesture Studies
(black crayon on paper, 2013)



(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)



(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2013)


Draped Female Figure



Three 3-minute studies of a draped female figure
(aquarelle crayon on paper, 2013)


Storyboard for "Bigger is Better," Amber's anthem from Sofia the First























































































































I was delighted to storyboard Amber's anthem, "Bigger is Better," for Sofia the First, under the direction of Jamie Mitchell.  Darcy Rose Byrnes, the young actress who voices the character, gave a tour de force performance, so visualizing it was a proverbial piece of cake!
(copyright the Walt Disney Company)