As I did with Peyo and the Smurfs, I recently went searching for videos of Albert Uderzo drawing some Asterix characters.
Uderzo has done much more media in the last twenty years than it feels like Peyo did in his whole life, even during the height of Smurf mania in the 1980s. Either that, or he just did more videos, at least.
This video is about all I needed to see to make for a successful search:
Uderzo also appeared on an episode of the original Tac Au Tac series. (It’s returning soon, theoretically! Or maybe it already has. I don’t know…) Even better, he appeared alongside Asterix writer, Rene Goscinny:
OK, so he wasn’t drawing Asterix on there, but it’s still fun to watch!
He appeared on another episode of the series alongside Gotlib, in 1971.
Uderzo Goes Dutch
Here’s Uderzo walking through Parc Asterix and then drawing during an interview. As a special bonus, his French is captioned in Dutch and you can still add in YouTube’s built-in translation captioning on the fly for great linguistic confusion.
I’m guessing this is from the late 80s.
Last year, I posted a video from New York Comic Con that showed how Erik Larsen draws. His hand positioning with his pen is legendary for blowing people’s minds.
Check out the opening few seconds of this video to see how Albert Uderzo holds his pen when signing autographs. It’s baffling and awe-inspiring, all at the same time.