Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Black Cauldron Witches

There were many different design versions drawn for the Witches of Morva in The Black Cauldron.
Artists like Milt Kahl, Mel Shaw and Tim Burton all came up with character models that represented their individual artistic style. 
Milt"s witches reminded me of Madam Medusa and Madam Mim, two characters he had previously animated. Tim of course drew the trio in his wonderful outrageously avant-garde style.

By the time I come onboard, I took bits and pieces from these earlier approaches and came up with this look. I believe this what they ended up looking like in the film.

I drew a few scenes with the Witches, but Dale Baer was the one who showed real polish in his animation.








Heritage auctions is currently offering these sheets from the film's producer's estate.


2 comments:

  1. These are so good! You did a great job of infusing them with Milt's appeal and "Disney look" while also incorporating Burton's unique variety.

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  2. How did you manage to draw the folds while keeping the proportions of the clothes right? I couldn't even pull it off easily.

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