Thursday, June 20, 2013

Milt Kahl's Pencil Test

101dal anita. from Sandro Cleuzo on Vimeo.

I found this pencil test in a folder in my computer. It's one of my favorite female designed characters ever by Milt Kahl. What great precision and design sense he had. Theses are only the key drawings, enjoy it and study it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mowgli Pencil Test

MowgliKaa3 from Sandro Cleuzo on Vimeo.

I love this pencil test by Frank Thomas. It's very rough but it's full of life. Frank animated very much like this and he would do most of the drawings himself and you wouldn't see lots of charts on his drawings, sometimes no charts at all. To work with his assistants, who would do the final clean drawings, Frank had to have a very close relationship with them and actually those relationships would last many years. One such assistant that Frank had was artist Dale Oliver, who worked with him for 20 years. Enjoy this beautiful animation. I forgot that Michael Sporn posted this pencil test a while ago and he's got a better post with lots of more information about it. Please, check his blog out at:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

New Stuff

I am working on a new sketchbook and here are some drawings that might end up in it.  It's been fun!

Saturday, June 1, 2013


The most important thing for us animators is to make our animated characters act.  No matter if you animate on paper or CG or stop motion, the goal is to create a performance out of your characters. 
I love to study actors in live action movies and you, as an animator, should create the habit of doing that all the time.  Specially these days in CG animation where you can animate your characters really subtly and control spacing to perfection, you can create very interesting acting.
Here is a video I found on youtube where the great actor Michael Caine gives a workshop on acting.
I loved watching this and I learned a lot from it.
Enjoy the lessons.

Hanna Barbera Designs