Saturday, March 26, 2011

Milt Kahl Day

If you have $1,000 to spare, rush to Van Eaton Gallery's Website and you can own an original Milt Kahl drawing.  In fact, for this price, you can purchase not only the Prince drawing by Milt but also the accompanied drawing of the Princess by Marc Davis.
Unfortunately, I can not afford it right now (Dammit!) but if you can, lucky you.

At least we can still enjoy these scans. 

Van Eaton site is:

Sunday, March 20, 2011


The Pioneer Series: Those Who Paved The Way from Creative Talent Network on Vimeo.

This is one of the best lectures I have seen recently and one that made me so inspired and fired up to start my project that I can't wait.
I always loved their stories about how they left Disney and became a competitor which made the Disney studio work harder.

Their movie "The Secret of Nimh" is one of my favorite animated films and the one to make me discover who Don, Gary and John were and I became an instant fan. I had no doubt that I needed to work with them and that's what I did. I saved my money for about a year, bought my ticket to Ireland and knocked on their door asking for a job.
Don and Gary were kind enough to give me a chance and my first job in feature animation and for that I will be always grateful.

Thanks to Tina Price and her amazing CTN Expo, you all can watch this and be inspired too.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Milt Kahl Day

Animator  Avi Blyer has shared these with us, thanks Avi.
 This is one of the best scenes of Pongo in the "101 Dalmatians".  Pongo has just found out that he became a father of 15 puppies and Milt Kahl animated him kind of drunk as he walk towards Roger.

There's a story about this particular scene.  Milt gave a lecture to a young group of animators and showed this scene as an example.  He said that in order to animate a drunk dog you need to know how a real dog walks and all the mechanics involved, which is a very complex thing.  As he started to analyze the walk, someone in the group shouted "I don't want to work that hard" and Milt exploded.  He could not believe that an animator would say something like that.

Monday, March 14, 2011


I just found out about this traditional animated film and have no idea where it was or has been produced (I am going to investigate further) but it gives me hope that traditional animation lives on.
I loved the animation, art direction and EFX on this piece and I can not wait to see it.
Whoever did this, congratulations.

UPDATE: According to some friends, this is actually a trailer for a proposed Feature film that is still looking for finance. Hopefully they will get the funds to make this soon. It was made at Bibo Films in France and it was created by Alex Alice, based on his comic book saga. Claire Wendling was involved and she created the horse and you can see the list of artists who worked on this in the credits .
Beautiful work.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Milt Kahl Day

Enjoy this amazing pencil test of one of the best Milt scenes in Jungle Book. This is from Youtube and there are more there including a Shere Kahn one.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I wished I Could Draw like...

I am constantly trying to improve my drawing skills and I look at many artists for inspiration and to learn from.  One of the best out there for me is Uli Meyer, who I wished I could draw like it.

Uli runs a studio in London and he produces great commercials, shorts, and  animated feature films.
He also can draw just like Ronald Searle which is very impressive.

There is one of my designs that I tried to make better and I look at one of Uli's drawings and try to apply to mine.  In the end it became a little bit like his and I did not mean it to happen (Sorry, Uli but I removed it) but I could not help  trying to get the same results in my drawing.

I urge you to go visit his page at

Below are some samples from his blog.

Yes, I wished I could draw like Uli.