Monday, January 9, 2017

Milt Kahl Drawings of Penny

I believe that this cel represents one of the earliest scenes animated featuring Penny from The Rescuers. Ollie Johnston started animation on Penny as she interacts with Rufus, the cat, in the orphanage. In the rough drawings below she is offering the cat a cookie. These were actually done by Milt Kahl, who gave Ollie a helping hand as far as character design and solid drawing goes.
Wonderful sketches, even though it's obvious that Penny is related to Mowgli.

This rough drawing is from one of Milt's own scenes toward the end of the movie. Snoops had just pulled Penny out of the cave below, when he suddenly lets go of the rope. His excitement and attention is now with the diamond that Medusa is holding.
When drawing this rough, Milt's enormous power for analyzing and staging a character comes to the surface.

For Ollie Johnston drawings of Penny and Rufus go here:


  1. Haha,I always thought Mowgli and Penny looked similar. Great drawings by The Great King Kahl. The last one looks amazing! ^_^

  2. The girl character in "All Dogs go to Heaven" is just like Penny. I guess Bluth, Goldman, etc worked on the Rescuers and maybe felt it was fine

  3. I like seeing that Milt was still human with these rough drawings, while rougher than most drawings I've seen from him they are still well balanced. Gives hope to those of us who are hoping to become good draughtsmen.

  4. I've always wondered what the purpose of the line right on the lower eyelid and around the head was. Is it a guideline as to where to place the eyes or does it have a different meaning?

    1. In the case of this particular character drawing it serves 2 purposes.

      It delineates between the two main forms of her head (Cranium and cheek/jaw), and also serves as a guide line for the bottom of the eyes.

      By wrapping around the form it also helps visualise the form in 3 Dimensions and helps with perspective (especially with regards to orientation) and relationships. (For example its relationship with where the ears are placed.)

    2. I see, thank you very much, Trevor!

  5. I like these drawings . I want to draw like these drawings.