Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I LOVE this drawing!
The way the pose is balanced, the feeling for fabric like the stiff apron and the soft chef's hat.
Guess what? This drawing does not appear in the movie Lady & Tramp. Animator John Lounsbery reworked the part where Joe lifts a sizable chunk of spaghetti with meatballs from a pot and slams it on to a plate.
The final film version shows him looking already at the plate during this part of the action. Who knows wether Lounsbery decided to make this change, he might have been asked by the director or Walt himself to alter the animation during a sweatbox session.
So much life and energy in the drawing, the sort of feeling you can only get from pencil animation.

I think I am going to frame this one.

For more on Joe and his buddy Tony, go here:


  1. Just beautiful. His pose, the delicate line work. Breath taking

  2. beautiful draughtsmanship... texture is unbelievable, spaghetti feel like real spaghetti...
    Once you wrote that most of Lounsbery's personally owned drawings were lost during a house fire many years after his death. What a loss! We are lucky that something still remains. Thank you for sharing!

  3. It's quite unfair general audience can't appreciate that beauty, there is a point in drawing quality they don't "see" beyond, but in terms of color, light and volume (more primary stuff) they do, and that's one of the reasons I think sometimes people say 3D is better. But you know what? I think that's about to change. You should contact Sergio Pablos and let him show his new project... it's gonna change 2D industry, mark my words ;)

  4. By the way, they will display on next Annecy. You should go and see it!

  5. Hi Andreas, I was wondering what was John's drawing background. I love stop framing his work on Joe in paticular. And my jaw drops just looking at how caricatured Joe's fasce is. I also noticed his strong sense of anatomy, paticularly the way he draws hands.

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  7. "So much life and energy in the drawing, the sort of feeling you can only get from pencil animation."

    You never said a truer word.