We mourn the passing of animator, production designer, and art instructor, Cornelius 'Corny' Cole. Seen below with Linda Jones Clough (Chuck Jones's daughter) at Blink Digital's Bob Kurtz exhibition reception in September of 2006, Corny had worked with the Chuck Jones unit at Warner Bros. in the early 1960s and was production designer on the Jones written and produced "Gay Purr-ee". A graduate of Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), Cole was known as an expert draftsman and later become one of the great instructors of life drawing at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. During his 5 decade-plus career he worked with most of the major animation studios. A full obituary is available at the Los Angeles Times.
Cole animated the short sequence "Rape of the Sabine Women" for the Kurtz + Friends Emmy Award-winning PBS television special, "Roman City" (1994) by drawing with a ballpoint pen directly onto the acetate sheets (shown below) in one sitting.