Monday, March 23, 2009
Some work from the Disney days
A Christmas card made during Lilo and Stitch: It started out as being just a 'gag' drawing, but I ended up rendering it more than intended. This was done in markers, colored pencil, mechanical pencil, plus a little Photoshop color tweaking. It might've been an impetus for the closing scene; I'm not sure. In any case, one of the joys of working in a studio is getting to think of ways to put the characters in situations out of their normal context.
Clean-ups from Mulan and Lilo and Stitch: The medium shot of Mulan was one of the first clean-ups I ever did. It took forever to actually get it right and in the end the scene was cut. Lilo and Stitch was probably the most enjoyable project to work on in terms of drawing the characters. I had the double pleasure of being able to work on animation drawings by Bolhem Bouchiba and Stéphane Sainte-Foi as I temporarily worked on Jumba before going to the Nani unit. Both are tremendously talented animators and draftsmen. From what I understand, Bolhem even did layout prior to becoming a character animator.
A bear sculpture made prior to Brother Bear.
Pochade box oil sketches: These were made during lunchbreaks. Toward the last days of the studio, lunches were more strictly held to be "an hour," so I had to use a timer on my watch to avoid spending too much time on a piece. It typically took about 30 minutes of traveling and setup/packing-up time and another 30 minutes of actual painting time.