Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Couple more Character Panels

I won't have any new posts for one week. I will be on the Disney Wonder cruise ship, where I'll give a few talks on Disney animation.

In the meantime  here are a couple more character panels.
Among personal favorites would be the pre production drawing of Wart. He looks more caricatured here than he does in the movie. I really like this version of him, and I had the chance to ask Milt Kahl about this early design. He said, Walt made me change it, he thought it wasn't appealing enough.
Hmmmm.... personally I prefer this drawing of Wart, it just has more character and personality in my opinion.
I also like the Marc Davis drawing of Aurora next to him. The angle of her head would be very difficult to pull off, but she looks beautiful here.
Across the page is a funny drawing of Pongo and Roger. They are reacting to the news of all those newborn puppies, and their expressions make them both look alike. 
Pecos Bill on Widowmaker is by Ward Kimball, who must have had a ball doing this character. 
I  don't know who drew the centaur for "Fantasia",  but I sure like the boldness in this pose.

I'll be back in a week with development art for Cruella de Vil and Madame Medusa.


  1. Lovely, lovely drawings. I think I just found a new wallpaper for my laptop!

    Have fun on the cruise! What I would give to go to one of those animation talks!

  2. Could not agree more on the Aurora pose.

    It drew my attention (pun intended) right before reading the text in your post.

  3. thank you for the drawings!! enjoy the cruise!

  4. So much movement!
    I always love these post!

  5. I think I just found a new wallpaper for my laptop!

    These are actually perfect to be ACTUAL wallpaper on my wall! :-)

  6. It's really neat to see the pre-production version of Wart! I think I can see why each liked different versions, and I don't know which I like better (though I am fond of King Arthur looking weird as a kid...). I have to admit I'm very drawn to that one drawing of Bambi. It seems like it's impossible to draw him in an unappealing position, but that one is one of my favorites.

    The centaur is really gorgeous. I really like that you can see the thought process and the volume.

    Also, any chance that we'll get any cliffnotes of your lecture? I'd love to hear it, but I know I won't be going on a cruise anytime soon. ;)

  7. That is a beautiful drawing of Aurora and that Horace and Jasper drawing is great. I love how their noses overlap. Thanks for posting.

  8. I have a random question. In my animation class were learing how to animate a flour sack. If a person animated a flour sack and it was well done. Do you think they could put that into a portfolio? I ask because some of the students were talking and some of them thinks that a flour sack would be to basic to put into a portfolio and show a company like Pixar or Disney.

    On the other hand some of the other students say that showing that you can animate and draw is really important. So sending many life drawings and gesture drawings along with simple animations such as a flour sack would be good to.

  9. Hi Andreas,
    I came here from your Facebook Appreciation Group because I had a question. The thing is, I was afraid to do so because I feared you will ignore me. I promise I'll make the question as short as possible. Here it goes:

    In The Great Mouse Detective, did you ever animate Basil and if so, which scenes were they?

    Okay, that was two questions combined as one, but that's all! Thank you for your time!

  10. hey!!! Take some pics at the cruise!! do you have a script?? I would like to be there!!!

  11. Nice pictures.
    Is that the bear from The Pointer? Any idea who drew him?

  12. Today is the International Animation Day.. is not?
    dont you celebrate?

  13. Hi Mr. Deja,

    My name is Willie Downs and I am started a project called the Animator Letters Project, that you may have heard of. I have been trying to find a way to contact you about it, so hopefully you read this. You can read all about the project by clicking the link below, but I will summarize it for you.

    My goal is to publish a book packed full of letters from animators of different major studios, encouraging people who have a passion for animation to not give up and to follow their dreams. Perhaps you could tell a personal story from your own life that tells how you got to where you are now, living your dream. Have you gone through any hardships- emotionally, financially or even mentally while becoming an animator? Was this a struggle for you, and how did you overcome it? What gave you the strength to keep pushing on and to not give up on your dreams? If you have a story, no matter how big or small, and would like it heard, I would really appreciate it if you could please write a handwritten letter (please write it in your own hand, as it will be much more personal than a typed letter), addressed to aspiring animators (please don't address it to me), with advise and encouragement that you think would help someone who needs that extra boost of encouragement and inspiration to take that first step in following their passion of animation, like I did.

    Once the book is published, I am going to donate all of the proceeds to a charity that will benefit animators in some way. I was hoping to start a scholarship to help pay for someone to go to animation school, but at the moment, I haven't figured out how I am going to make that work. But one thing for sure, is every penny of the proceeds will be donated to help another person.

    I hope you will consider contributing a letter to this project and make an impact in a bunch of people's lives around the world who will read your letter for years to come for inspiration. Please check out the website, and see some of the other letters that have been contributed by top animators within the industry including Disney animators, Dale Baer and Ruben Aquino. Thanks again so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    You can mail your letter to me at:

    Willie Downs
    605 W. Main St.
    Whitehouse, TX 75791

    Willie Downs

  14. I work seasonally at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, and we have some of these hanging in backstage areas! I stare at them every time I walk through, and it only just occurred to me that they were probably brought from the animation studio when it closed. (r.i.p.)

    I also just saw that picture of Marc Davis signing the panel next to Tinkerbell, and I wanted to know if anyone has any idea when/where that picture was taken? If it was possibly in Florida?? Because the panel I walk by all the time has his signature on it, but I always thought it was just a forgery by some cast member trying to be clever. And now my mind is blown.

  15. Wart was changed? Hrm. I prefer the preliminary design, too. Also, seeing Jasper and Horace in here is a thrill! I love Milt's sixties stuff for its dry humor -- many who imitate his designs lose that component.

    Thanks Andreas! Enjoy the cruise!