Animation &Animation Artifacts &Art Art &Disney 23 Feb 2009 08:00 am

Tytla’s Devil in the Rough

-i Here’s what for me was a real treat to scan and post. I had some limited access to actual drawings by Bill Tytla of the Devil from Fantasia’s Night on Bald Mountain sequence.
The drawings are mostly roughs by Tytla, and they give a good sample of what his actual work looked like.

I don’t need to write about it; let me just give you these mages.

A good example of a Tytla drawing.

Here’s the clean up of the same drawing.

Later in the same scene.

Some Tytla sketches.

Animation roughs don’t get any more beautiful than this.

A side-peg pan.

Rough heads.

Art. What else need be said?
The individual drawings are stunning, and they’re
in service to a brilliantly acted sequence.
It will never get better.

7 Responses to “Tytla’s Devil in the Rough”

  1. on 23 Feb 2009 at 8:51 am 1.John Celestri said …

    Thank you, Michael!

  2. on 23 Feb 2009 at 10:29 am 2.Michael said …

    I definitely thought about you, John, when I was putting this together.

  3. on 23 Feb 2009 at 7:08 pm 3.John Celestri said …

    Again, thanks, Michael. These drawings (to me at least) are examples of how a character’s exterior is controlled by his interior: motion expressing emotion, and all the subtle nuances of gesture and facial expression that are necessary for great acting (in both live action and animation). The hardest concept for a young animator to understand is that there’s an enormous difference between drawing a pose from the outside versus the inside of a character—the same difference as a lump of clay being manipulated by a potter versus by some life force within that same lump.

    Sorry, I get carried away with wanting to talk about the art of animation…for me everything has been business for a long time.

  4. on 23 Feb 2009 at 11:16 pm 4.David McBride said …

    Very inspiring. Thanks for posting them.

  5. on 23 Feb 2009 at 11:23 pm 5.billburgNYC said …

    Wow. I’m almost salivating. Have these roughs been published somewhere? If not, why not? Thank you for sharing!

  6. on 24 Feb 2009 at 5:00 pm 6.Rusty Mills said …

    Thank you so much for posting these Michael. As beautiful as the cleanups are, these go far beyond that to connect you with Tytla’s abilities as an artist and actor. To only be able to draw as good as one of the little side scribbles would feel like an accomplishment. Thanks again.

  7. on 09 Mar 2010 at 6:36 am 7.Ruslan said …


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