Animator and character developer, Brett Bean’s art strikes me as very geometrical. The shapes that constitute the subject are still clearly identifiable. Some of the art is very angular, but you have a tough time finding angles in a fat body.
For some reason, there are not a lot of examples of fat people in Bean’s art; but when you look at his sketches they are almost always included. Perhaps he simply has not been involved with projects with fat people so they mostly populate his sketches.
After asking to be a drummer to his mother at an early age, Brett Bean was handed a piece of paper and a pencil because it was, “much more quiet.” Unbeknownst to his mother and her simple gesture of headache reduction methodology, she spurred on a career of a full-fledged character design and visual development artist.
With a passion for travel, caffeine, volleyball, Tom Waits, and speaking in the a 3rd person vernacular, Brett currently free-lances, teaches, and lives with his wife Julie, a brilliant jewelry designer, in Pasadena, CA.
I enjoy the whimsy in Bean’s fat characters. They are not always happy, but they are always expressive and fun.