Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Eric Larson

Here are three examples of Eric's work.
The first one is Pedro from "The Flying Gouchito". Frank Thomas animated most of this character,
but Eric did some fun scenes at the end of the short with the kid and the donkey. I will post more drawings from that part of the film later. 
You don't see it here, but very often Eric used multiple charts, in order to control different parts of the character. 
His Cinderella wasn't as tightly drawn as Marc Davis' version, but his animation sure had life.
Eric knew how to use life action and how to avoid that rotoscope effect. 
The dance movements with the prince don't "float", because of the animator's ability to translate realistic 
motion into graphic statements. There is real weight here.
He told me way back that the nice thing about Cinderella is, that you always know what she is thinking
in every scene.




28 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these with the world, Andreas! Always inspiring!

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  3. Very good ! your work is a great inspiration for me.

    www.bigodaostudio.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank you for sharing these. I personally love Eric Larson's work because of his emphasis on sincerity and consistency. Instead of going for more theatrics and being showy he focused more on making the character come to live and believable. You love his characters and can tell how they feel. That's what in my humble opinion all great animators should do. You most certainly do that very well yourself Andreas.

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  5. Happy to hear that you finally have your own blog, Andreas!!!
    I look forward to all the wonderful things you are going to tell and show us!
    These Eric Larson drawings are a great start.

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  6. Hi Andreas, great to see you have a blog!

    Have you had to deal much with rotoscoping? Or rather I should ask how you would deal with making it not appear rotoscoped.

    Looking forward to seeing more, along with some of your own stuff :)

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  7. Hello Andreas.
    I was very happy to discover your blog!
    I love the work of the great animators like Fred Moore and Nine Old Men.
    Will be awesome to see you share his knowledge of animation and your collection of classic animation artwork. And will be a great pleasure to read about the life and the work of geniuses like Milt, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, etc..
    I also hope you post a lot of your own work.
    Thank you.

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  8. Awesome!!!!
    I'm a big fan of your work and it's really great to see that you're gonna post your drawings too!
    Thank you

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  9. Great to see you give some attention to Larson.

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  10. Great that you started a blog, Andres, I love your work. Can't wait to see it grow.

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  11. Sometimes I feel Larson is underrated. Watching his animation, it could almost crush me...it's just so sincere. There's a real huge gust of life in his best work. Thanks for posting!

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  12. Hi Andreas,
    Great news to see that you've joined the blogger ranks. Will be looking forward to the treasures you post.
    I also had the pleasure of working with you at the Sydney Disney studio a few years ago now.

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  13. Andreas, you're on blogger!! You're one of my fave animators. Soo adding you to my blogroll!

    :'D

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  14. This blog is like gold!!!!!!!, thanks for giving us a little about yourself :'D

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  15. The Cinderella drawings are stunning! Think I still have the Walt Disney super 8 home movies episodes...Really wonderful!

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  16. Hi Andreas,
    Thanks, I like your blog.
    Hello from Madrid

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  17. HI. GREAT BLOG. PLEASE POST MORE DISNEY THINGS AND YOUR NEW PROJECTS!!!! WE WANT TO KNOW. HELLO FROM RIO!!!!!

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  18. Bel hommage a eric larson qui a forme et encourage beaucoup d'artistes..

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  19. That animation of Cinderella waltzing, was that the one we reused for the last shot of Beauty and the Beast, or was it the waltzing from Sleeping Beauty?

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  20. It was the Sleeping Beauty finale waltz!

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  21. Yes, the "Beauty & Beast" waltz was based on the
    "Sleeping Beauty" one.

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  22. WOW...thank you soooo much for sharing these priceless insights into our beloved movies!

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  23. Thank you so much for such a wonderful blog! Quick question. I would love to one day, also own some original production drawings. I have seen a few appear a bunch of times on ebay, but have been very skeptic regarding their authenticity. Where are the best and most trusted places to purchase such drawings and what would be the red flags when finding such art work online? Yours,

    Nimmy.

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  24. Nimmy,
    a couple of places come to mind.
    Van Eaton Galleries (you'll find them online) and
    Howard Lowery at
    http://auction.howardlowery.com/Home.taf

    Cheers

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  25. I love seeing rough drawings. Cinderella's head tilt on the last drawing gives her some much character. I love it.

    Thanks for posting.

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