Friday, August 30, 2013

Jafar Clean Ups



A while ago I posted some of my rough animation of Jafar. When it came to cleaning up those rough key drawings on a new sheet of paper I tried to stay in touch with my clean up lead Kathy Bailey as much as possible. Especially on the first scenes we went back and forth on how the character should look in that nice calligraphic line that was called for to fit in with the style of the film. 
Looking at these sheets now after such a long time I am still pretty happy with how Kathy handled the character. Sometimes the clean up process can flatten out the drawings. Not here. Kathy's elegant lines show a subtle "thick and thin", something that was not easy to maintain for her follow up artists, the clean up inbetweeners.
This is a character that was a lot of fun to draw and to animate. The story material was very rich, too,  which made it easier to find decent performances.
I don't think there was an animation artist who didn't enjoy working on this film.













15 comments:

  1. Jafar is such a joy to watch. Just by the way he flaunts around, you can tell the animators had fun with this movie.

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  2. Incredible. I can only hope my clean up lines will ever look this good.

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  3. one of the best disney 'bad guy' without a doubt.i usually watch alladin because of two main characters:Jafar and the Genie.i love his expressions,it brings so truth! its so fun and inspiring.thanks!

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  4. He's the picture of regality. It's the neck curtain.

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  5. Saw the movie just last week again, and absolutely enjoyed every minute of it, despite having seen it countless times before. Love how broad a character Jafar really is. I mean, of course you can't go wacky with him like with the Genie, but there's a sense of over-acting in Jafar that just makes him very interesting to watch.
    I told this to a friend of mine, and he said to me it's noticeable in the movie, in making offs, in interviews, in everything, how much fun the people working on the movie must have had. Good to see it confirmed here. :-)
    Great stuff!!

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  6. Just amazing drawings. What part of production this was done? So, is these clean-ups for key drawings before scenes goes to inbetweeners? And keys have to approved also by director(s)?

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    1. First a scene is done in rough animation with in-betweens. After the acting is approved by the director the scene goes to clean up. The key drawings are tied down first, then clean up in-betweens follow.
      So basically the whole movie is drawn twice, in a rough and in a clean format.

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  7. Longtime admirer. Jafar's staff is as crucial to his character as Maleficent's. But if Aladdin was made just a couple of years later, I bet it would have been handled as a cgi prop. Would that have changed your approach?

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    1. I am not sure. But it was sure more fun to draw it myself, and incorporate it into the acting.

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  8. Andreas,PLEASE tell us about the pegs.why the pegs changed?

    i mean,in the begining was two round pins in the middle,became diferente with flat three and five.sincerally i never liked the pegs because my hand dont move freely which makes me loose the feeling when i m drawing. its definitely not confortable.thats one of the reason i prefer to animate digitally.

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    1. I believe the pegs changed sometime in the early 1930s.
      At Disney they were always on the bottom. Most people get used to it very quickly.
      I can't believe that's the reason you prefer CG.
      Give paper another try!

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  9. There is something about the sensual lines with which he is drawn that I love. It's not something I was aware of when I watched "Aladdin" as a little girl, but whenever I see this movie now, as an adult, I sense it. I feel there's something so seductive about the flowing lines and movements, almost like liquid, that make up Jafar..he's just so pleasurable to look at. You and Ms. Bailey did a truly amazing job with him, I don't think I could ever properly express my admiration for the exquisite work you did on this film. Thank you.

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