Sunday, January 3, 2010

Beginning the year with odds and ends

A character from a story I am working on. Yes, I know, he owes a lot to 'Droopy.' But being a swine, he will probably not pay it back.

This sketch is from about three years back, but the character is from PINOCCHIO AND THE EMPEROR OF THE NIGHT, which I was animating on way back in 1985.

10 comments:

RooniMan said...

"Empire of The Night"? Is that a show or sequal?

Eric Noble said...

Awesome drawings. I love the drawing on the bottom. I hope that story you're doing goes well.

chrisallison said...

HAHAHAHA that hoity toity pig is hilarious. i knew you were a marxist, will. you can always tell... with the people who read the books and stuff.

anyhoo. great other sketch too. i have a question about your drawing process. what stuff do you start out your drawing with? do you start with a line of action then lay in your shapes?

i'm curious. you get a lot of life and it's loose, yet it's still pretty solid but doesn't look like you're constructing. you could be working on multiple layers. anyway, looks like it'd be perfect for story sketching

Frank Candiloro said...

Great stuff!. Seeing these pics makes me happy as a pig in mud (sorry about the pun :P)

Will Finn said...

ROONI--the pinocchio movie was a very limited 1987 theatrical release. The movie was by Filmation (of HE-MAN fame) and the actual production designs and character models were awful! They did allow us to do full animation tho, during a year when there was nearly no work in L.A.

CHRIS, these two drawings are kind of the spectrum-- the one on the bottom was very quickly done and the one on top was ultimately fussed over to a fault. I don't really have a standard approach when i draw. I usually work loose but often too loose to be useful as anything but a preliminary sketch. When I tie things down, I try to do it quickly so the drawing doesn't get over worked. As a rule, the longer I work on something the worse it looks. Sometimes I need some time away from a drawing, and the distance helps me clean it up more effectively.

Eric Scales said...

Love the pig and the name Will. Awesome stuff as usual. To say your stuff is wonderfully loose is inadaquate. There's a great skewed quality to your proportions that I'm always after but never quite achieve- they're pushed just far enough to be unusual but not so much that they read as wrong. Keep up the great work!

pbcbstudios said...

love that pig drawing!

Michael Sporn said...

Now I think you've worked on every animated film done since Banjo. Your career has been amazing.

Will Finn said...

Michael, i've certainly gotten around, often as much by necessity as intention!
Just as amazing to me is your body of work--which is a lot more consistent, refined and self-directed than mine...
I think I've worked on somewhere between 15 and 20 features by my latest count. Only 2 or 3 of those never got made, which is not a bad average for completion.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Being reminded of having seen the usual previews and spots for "Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night", but never did see it 23 years ago. Apparently it's one of those films people my age or less can recall as scaring the s__t out of 'em. At least it gave you work then (not to mention animating fully).