Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
These are 3 of many scenes I did for this Danish/French project. I always loved the Axterix characters and when I was presented with the opportunity to animate them I jumped on it.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Here in this film the animation that Milt did was boiled down to the essence. There are some great contrast in the way he animated the characters, like Mim and Kay for example and Wart and Merlin.
In these drawings of Kay you can see again great staging, silhouette, shapes and caricature.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Jin is from Korea and he is not only a great designer but also a great animator. I met him when I start working at Disney on Fantasia 2000 in 1997. We worked together on that film and then we were hired to work on Kingdom in the Sun, which became The Emperor's New Groove. We shared an office for a year or so and it was always great to see his animation. I new how good he was at that time but I had no idea how talented he in fact is. His drawings are as good and sometimes (for me anyway) better than Glen Keane's. You should definitely get this book to study his drawings.
There is another "Kim" in the book that you will hear more in the future, the great Shiyoon Kim, another Korean (what's up with all these great talented Koreans?). Shiyoon is also a good friend and his work is superb.
Disney is luck to have these two amazing talents.
Here are some of Jin Kim's drawings from the book. There are many, many more but you will have to buy the book.
Monday, November 1, 2010
The late Dale Oliver, who was Frank's assistant for more than 20 years, told me that they always went to get at least one drawing from Milt and that drawing would make their scenes so much better.
You can notice in these drawings how much nicer Milt's drawings are in comparison to Frank's. They have more structure and better design. Frank was an amazing animator but he new his limitations as a draftsman so he left his ego behind and got Milt to go over his drawings. Sometimes Frank would send his assistants to Milt for help.
One of my best experiences was when I worked with Joe Moshier at Disney. Joe is a great designer and I was working closely with him on Emperor's New Groove. He would design a character and I would then take that and make a turn around model. I would show him my drawings and he'd take a new piece of paper put on top and show me what was wrong with or where I could improve it. It was just great and I learned a lot by having him going over my drawings. I also took drawings to Andreas Deja for suggestions and I used to show other animators some of my scenes for criticism. I wished I had done more of that while I was there.
Animation is usually a collaborative effort, specially in Feature films like Disney's, so is very important to show your peers your work and get their input or if you need help with a drawing.
That's team work.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ketcham worked in animation at Disney in the 40's but left to work on his own stuff and good thing he did it too.
Dennis is one of my favorite published cartoons and I study them constantly. They have great staging and great designs and is a great reference for storyboard artists.
This little piece of animation is uncredited in the book and I wished I knew who did it. It is beautiful.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Here is part 1 of a bunch of sheets that I put together to study this great scene that milt animated for Sleeping Beauty. It is a great scene with great acting and amazing drawings. This is the cleanup version but no one would change Milt's drawings anyway so they are still great.
I will post the part 2 of these next time. Enjoy them.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
These are two personal tests I did a few years ago, actually over a decade ago to be precise.
The first one should work with a pan BG. I will be painting and compositing them in the near future and I will post them finished.
This is the trailer of a new Spanish animated feature called Chico and Rita.
Me and my friend Robert Sprathof produced the animation and cleanup of an entire chase sequence for Sergio Pablos's studio Animagic.
The cleanup style in particular was very challenging to do as it had to be done with pen instead of pencil. However, we were luck to have had a great and talented group of cleanup artists working for us.
There are some of our scenes in the trailer
I hope it does well.
Monday, September 20, 2010
The second is a design sheet for sure when Milt was designing the rhino guards for Robin Hood.
The last one is his rough animation for the amazing scene from Mary Poppins where the little fox is being chased by the hunters.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
What a find! I just found this amazing reel, all in pencil test, on YouTube via "What About Thad? blog.
I had never seen an entire Disney short as a working reel before and it is just stunning. I love the animation and layouts and even though it is not that funny, it still entertaining.
I can not believe that Disney went so far ahead with this short but decided to shelve it. Can you imagine the amount of money they spent on this to simply shelve it?
At least we can all enjoy and study the great animation by Fred Moore, Hal King, Cliff Nordberg and others and the great layouts.
Friday, August 20, 2010
To celebrate the current work I am doing for Fox on a Family Guy episode, here are a couple of scenes that I animated for an episode where they go into a Disney universe and they all become Disney style.
The second scene was a tough one as I had to plan the scene so each character could be seen and they had to be in the clear.
It was a fun and different project for me. I also did the final design of most of the characters based on the director's notes.
These tests are from an episode already aired and it should be on DVD as we speak or soon. What I am producing now can not be shown until it is aired.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Enchanted pencil test 01 from sandro lucio on Vimeo.
Enchanted pencil test 02 from sandro lucio on Vimeo.
Untitled from sandro lucio on Vimeo.
I admitted I was a little bit scared when I did my first scene and had to show him because I know how how he can look at it and analize the whole thing and see any mistakes in no time.
James was very generous and trusted me with some very important scenes and also let me work long distance, here from Brazil.
Besides the scenes above, I animated the scene where the prince appears for the first time and the next one when you realize that he is actually riding the giant Troll. I also did Giselle falling from the tree and landing in the prince's lap and a couple of others.
Soon after this project James closed down his studio and it was the first and only time that I worked with him and I hope I can do it again.