Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Robin Hood for Sale

Heritage Auctions is currently offering this terrific sketch of Robin Hood by Milt Kahl. He gave it to Don Duckwall, who was production manager on the film. (It was Don who would later help me with necessary paperwork in order to join Walt Disney Productions in 1980.)

This is a beautiful drawing, and if it looks a bit familiar to you, that's for a reason. A while ago I posted a rougher version of this pose, a sketch Milt gave to a gentleman called Leonard. While I like the looseness of that sketch, I have to say that Milt made significant improvements when he re-drew the image for Don.

It really is fun to compare the two versions and find out what parts of the drawing Milt changed.



  1. Two great sketches, two VERY lucky recipients.
    Speaking of beautiful drawings, a while ago I came across a "Puss in Boots" retelling that you illustrated way back in the 90s, and the few illustrations that can be found online look great. I was wondering if you could tell us more about that project in the future, perhaps when you're not as busy as you must be right now. Was that the only time you illustrated a story?

  2. that Heritage Auctions website is a goldmine!

  3. This doesn’t have anything to do with Robin Hood, but I have a question. Do you know who animated the dragon from the Stick-to-It-invity scene in So Dear to My Heart? It’s an absolute masterwork, and I’ve been trying my hardest to find out who animated it, but I have no idea.

  4. Yes, it's a „Do you see the difference?“ play in a professional manner. I like it! Thank you for posting it! :)