Thursday, August 26, 2021

A Few Beautiful Rough Animation Drawings

 


These terrific drawings were recently offered at various auctions. Cinderella was drawn by Marc Davis, and technically this is a "touch up" drawing. Marc's rough lines still shine through underneath the clean up pencil definition. This is a clean up drawing on top of Marc's rough. I don't know who did clean up on this character, perhaps Clair Weeks. But look at that face...if you are off by half a pencil width, Cinderella would look like E.T. The immense challenge of delicate Disney realism. 

These beautiful young adult Bambi analytical studies were not drawn by Preston Blair, as you might think. This is the work of Milt Kahl.





John Lounsbery experienced a career high during his work on Lady and the Tramp. Pure genuine character rich depiction. A solid, fun drawing, full of personality. 




Ollie Johnston had always been a "dog person". He raised several of them at his Flintridge home during his lifetime. I love the perspective in this sketch of Trusty, as well as the feel for loose, old flesh on his body. High standards all around in all of these animation drawings. 




7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous drawings, as per usual. I especially have a soft spot for Marc Davis' drawings...

    By the way, thank you for yesterday's talk. It was a pleasure to be there.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. Always a pleasure to read.

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  3. I like them so much! Thank you for this post! :)

    „But look at that face...if you are off by half a pencil width, Cinderella would look like E.T.“
    Ehm...I think I have to print it out. I hope I can see what you mean :)

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  4. Why is Blair written on the bambi sheet? Was that just written by someone later mistaken it for Preston or did Milt (or someone else) write it for some other reason?

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    1. Perhaps Milt did these drawings to help Preston Blair with his scenes.

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  5. "technically this is a "touch up" drawing. Marc's rough lines still shine through underneath the clean up pencil definition. This is a clean up drawing on top of Marc's rough. I don't know who did clean up on this character, perhaps Clair Weeks."

    I think the official production policy was that assistants were supposed to initial their drawings at the bottom, so if any changes or corrections needed to be made it could go back to the person who made the drawing (also a way of tracking the cleanup artists output, for quotas) ... that was still official cleanup dept. policy in the late 1980's - to - 2004 when I worked at Disney (although the practice was widely ignored by many cleanup artists then , as it apparently was in the earlier era at Disney). Frustrating for us now trying to decipher who did what , all these years later when the people who could have positively ID'd the drawings are gone. I suppose with a "touch up" drawing like this , you could say 90% of the drawing is Marc Davis , the remaining part that refined certain lines came from the assistant (Clair Weeks , or whoever it may have been), but still would be nice to definitively ID who did these precise cleanup lines.

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    1. How interesting...not to digress too much, but I recently bought a production cell drawing from Sleeping Beauty of the Jester, and in the top right corner are the initials LC or maybe LG, its hard to tell, and I didnt know what it meant, so now I do! Anyone know who's initials those were? Thanks!

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