Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kley @ kunkelfineart

It's always thrilling to find new art by German artist Heinrich Kley. I google Kley about once a month to find out if any new illustrations have surfaced. Some of the images here have been offered at Heritage Auctions as well as certain galleries. Most of them were or are for sale at Alexander Kunkel's website:

This one is right out of Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain.

The actor and the critic.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Drawing Sculptures

I drew from these sculptures more than twenty years ago. The late renaissance and early baroque have always fascinated me because human figures in painting and sculpture had this amazing sense of motion. I studied this stuff because I hoped to improve the fluidity in my own work by re-visiting those European masters.
Brush pen and wet finger tip smudges.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

King Louie & Flunkey

Ken Anderson came up with sketches that defined the relationship with King Louie and the little langur monkey in The Jungle Book.
Louie is annoyed by Flunkey who imitates his own jazzy vocalization. The Anderson sketch shows a simple "shut up" approach. In the final footage, animated by Frank Thomas, there is more of a chase involved as Louie tries to silence the monkey. Frank did animate the Ken Anderson version, but for all I know that footage is lost.

Monday, March 12, 2018

More of Milt's Penny

I created these "model sheets" of Penny scenes animated by Milt Kahl...a long time ago.
Way back when production began on Oliver & Company I started doing experimental animation of the character of Jenny. What better inspiration than a girl character of the same age animated by Milt?
So much to learn from these drawings. When to draw the jaw line all the way to the ear and when not.
How subtle facial features like eyes, nose, lips work in perspective. Hands, clothing, and simplified anatomy in general. There is a lot to love here.

I didn't end up animating on Oliver and Company, (except for a handful of scenes with the dogs, Roger Rabbit was calling), but these sketches still present to me a standard of excellence when it comes to animating a young girl like Sarah in my film Mushka.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

More Wilhelm M. Busch

 Can't get enough of the extraordinary work by German Illustrator Wilhelm M. Busch.
The compositions, the intense search for portraying human anatomy in its most fascinating way...
so much to admire. Most definitely one of my favorite artists from the last century.
I so wished I could have met him when I was still living in Germany.
Art that makes you think about your own approach to seeing the world.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Prince and Dragon

I posted about this dramatic sequence from Sleeping Beauty before. Here is some more material showing aspects of the production process.
Actor Ed Kemmer (1921 - 2004) acted out action scenes for animator Ken Hultgren, who drew most of the Prince footage, as he fights the growing thorns and the Dragon.

A number of scenes were animated with a variety of dragon designs, before the final appearance became finalized. Eric Cleworth animated most of the Dragon, but I am convinced that Marc Davis added some graphic strength to this character. Drawing # 21 looks very much like Marc's work.

These are earlier posts on the same subject:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Words of Wisdom

...from Don Graham, Disney's prime art teacher during the Golden Age of animation. All of the animators valued his classes enormously. This is a magazine article from December of 1940.