Sunday, June 16, 2019

Rare Milt Kahl Drawings

Milt Kahl did mostly clean up drawings on the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
This guy was even more difficult to draw than the film's title character. As soon as the team found out about Milt's power of subtle draughtsmanship... as Milt himself put it:
"I got stuck with the clean up job on the guy." Needless to say he didn't enjoy this assignment at all. But he knew his superb artistry was needed to pull this character off.

Next is a Pinocchio drawing he did for a Les Clark scene.

A great doodle sheet featuring Thumper. Let's call 422 and see who answers.

A great sketch of adolescent Bambi. Still, I am not 100% sure if the head turn works with this definition of the neck.

I loove this scene of a cow turning away from camera in the 1950 short film The Brave Engineer.
There is no way you can animate a scene like this one in a more entertaining way.
The weights shifting is what it's all about!
Earlier I posted a drawing from this scene here:

Milt's final model for Alice.
But who is this lucky Evangelina person ??

Ok, I just googled her, she was a famous Mexican actress:

One of Milt's Peter Pan roughs, clearly based on live action footage.

This is a sketch Milt did for a Frank Thomas scene.
Look at the beautiful curvature of the dog's spine, supporting a roll over position.

My thanks again to Wil for providing hi/res scans of these stunning drawings.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Over 50% in Color

We recently hit a milestone on our production of MUSHKA. We have about 16 min. in final color, including effects, highlights, shadows etc. That's more than 1/2 of the 30 min. film. 
Color backgrounds with character colors are coming in fast and furious.
I just need to hold on to my recently hired talented BG painters. They both make a difference in speeding up production. 
Also, I am looking for a couple of local, seasoned character animators. My footage pay is not top, but nearly top. 
I need people who can help to take this project to the finish line. If I have worked with you in the past...great. Just leave your email in the comment section.
Richard Sherman loves our project, so does Kathryn Beaumont as wells as Robert Reitherman.

It's my post Disney statement, and it is very personal.
C'mon and join the MUSHKA Crew.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Rare Marc Davis Drawings

Here are a few of Marc's drawings from three Disney feature films that haven't been circulated online.
A couple of his polished story sketches for Bambi show his thorough understanding of animal anatomy as well as a feeling for entertainment. I believe Marc spent a total of six years on the film. Most of them in story, then in animation (Flower, the skunk).

One of those mysterious doodle sheets. On the right of course is Flower, a motion study with structural accuracy. The other sketches look like telephone doodles to me.

Color designs for Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and the Prince.
The inscription is wrong, Cinderella already premiered in 1950.
It's interesting, the Fairy Godmother looks pretty much like Milt Kahl's final animation.

An animation drawing of Aurora which was later redrawn for the film with a stronger jawline.
Here she looks sixteen years old, in the movie more like twenty-six (still beautiful though).

Maleficent turns away from the King and Queen after finding out she had not been invited to the princess' Christening. "Well, in that event, I'd best be on my waY".
Marc underlines the ending of the word "way" to remind himself of the proper mouth shape.

Thanks to my friend Wil for providing scans of these beautiful drawings. 

I am recommending this book on Marc Davis' art:

And the upcoming book on Marc's work as an imagineer: