Sunday, August 21, 2011

My Little Donkey

I have been swamped with busy-ness on so many fronts I haven't had time to draw anything for fun lately. Still, one thing I am doing is sifting thru my "archives" of artwork over the years and every now and then something jumps out that looks worth sharing. These little donkey sketches are from a shelved project I worked on about four years back.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Willard Mullin IN COLOR!

I should probably have waited 'til World Series time to pop these on but given my tendency to lose track of things, just pretend it's Autumn already. This is a small paperback book with a dozen or so B & W sketches inside, not including these images which were copied and colored for the cover. Click to embiggenate, the scans are large. I will get the rest of them on here, hopefully before hockey season.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Going back in Time

Two years ago Charles Solomon interviewed me for an ART OF BEAUTY OF THE BEAST book, celebrating the movie's umpteenth anniversary. At the end of the interview he asked me if I had any roughs to show and oddly enough, I had just stumbled across a few which he asked me to scan and send. As fate would  have it, I then misplaced said sketches and never found them in time to make it into the book (sorry Charles!).
As I am going thru decades of drawings and sketchbooks at present, I just stumbled across them again. Too late for the book (which came out last fall I think) but here for your enjoyment.

 A "guide rough" for a key pose in the scene where Lumiere first calls to Maurice to notice them.

 Small sketches done on copier paper during story meetings.  I generally don't make detailed thumbnails because making tiny drawings out of scale and context never made much sense to me. I prefer to make working roughs right at the layout size that I can flip to preview (as in the top image). Still, I sometimes will practice a certain pose or attitude in advance of doing the scene.

 This pose above is quite far from the actual pose I wound up animating into (thank God).

 This one is close to something I did use, however.

This was a guide design for an actual ceramic wall clock a company called Schmidt made for merchandise. They initially wanted to put the working clock part in his stomach because the drawing they did followed the model sheets, which showed his nose too high to fit the clockworks properly. I asked them to give me an hour or so to tweak the model enough to fit the clock and still look like the character. Happily, producer Don Hahn allowed me to submit this drawing, which was used to a more sensible effect.
Here are my cleanups for the final. Of course, marketing insisted on a "happy face" option, which thankfully lost out to a more characteristic worried expression.

Just a doodle for fun, most likely. I really loved animating this character.

I always loved this bit where he comes down the stairs in a soldier's hat with a sword (and pistol in the movie). I did this sketch in the meeting where this idea was screened (I think Kevin Harkey did the story sketches, or Roger Allers). Tony Bancroft did the actual animation for the movie, and quite wondefully, I might add.

I found another tranche of similar artwork that I will scan and post at some point in the future. Frankly there is so much stuff turning up my scanner may have to apply for overtime...

The copyright for the "Cogsworth" character from BEAUTY & THE BEAST is property of the Disney Company.