October 3, 2010 by staff 

THE EMPEROR S NEW GROOVE, Westmont man was an animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio in Orlando, Florida, for over six years.

The professional artist is back in Johnstown, where he maintains a career as a freelance illustration full-time creating illustrations for national and international clients.

An exhibition of new work entitled “Through Windows and Doors” opens Saturday at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. In the section of the city of Johnstown Cambria.

He said that his show is largely a process of life changes he had to do when returning to Johnstown, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and their four children.

“I consider the exhibition as a visual diary of what I went through these past seven years,” said Elston.

“My wife and me to the door as an opportunity and the window is how we perceive what is happening.”

Born to an American father and Taiwanese mother, Elston spent his youth drawing and painting on all surfaces.

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Columbus College of Art and Design in 1994.

Westmont Hilltop High School graduates get a job at Disney after a three-month internship and worked as an animator in the studio cleaning Orlando.

Cleaning takes animator

Gross, scribbled drawings supplied by the supervisor

Facilitator and traces of creating designs with clean lines.

Then, over 1 million drawings it takes to make a feature film are transferred to film, where the color is added using a computer.

Elston said that more than three years to complete an animated film.

His filmography includes “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Mulan,” “Tarzan,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Lilo and Stitch.”

In addition to his commercial illustrations, Elston also painted murals for local businesses, and the maintenance of a body of personal work.

Elston said his passion for illustration lies in character development.

Rosemary Pawlowski, Bottle Works general manager, said she tried to organize an exhibition Elston for a while.

“I think he’s a phenomenal talent that people experience when viewing his work,” said Pawlowski.

“His works are very strong and colorful, representing people react in an unusual way.”

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Saturday bottles.

The exhibition will run during November 2.

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