Animation &Animation Artifacts 27 Sep 2006 07:21 am

Merryweather Dance

– I’ve enjoyed sharing some of the animation drawings I own via this site, and I hope to keep doing it. The drawings, to me, are so valuable in that they reveal the personality of the animators, even more than the finished films.

I have a bunch of copies of drawings by Frank Thomas from Sleeping Beauty. It’s the sequence in which the three fairies, within the hidden cabin in the forest, use magic to create a dress for Aurora.

Below, on the right, are some of the roughs from this scene. On the left are the final cleanups.

(Click on any image to enlarge.)


4 Responses to “Merryweather Dance”

  1. on 27 Sep 2006 at 8:20 am 1.Mark Mayerson said …

    Do you think that these roughs are what Frank Thomas handed to his assistant, Dale Oliver? Or are the roughs Thomas’s first pass before tightening the drawings? I would be surprised if this was as far as Thomas took the drawings before handing them off.

  2. on 27 Sep 2006 at 9:37 am 2.Michael said …

    I have an intermediary set up drawings, rough but with all the CU info. These were probably done by a Breakdown Artist. My guess is that these are Thomas’ final drawings. They’re a lot cleaner than some Norm Ferguson drawings I’ve seen on Pinocchio.

  3. on 27 Sep 2006 at 7:26 pm 3.Stephen Worth said …

    I sold a batch of Thomas ruffs from the scene you have an image from at the top back when I was brokering art for families of animators. Thomas’ drawings are generally very scribbly, but the ones I had were tied down more than these. There was red pencil scribbling, then black pencil tie downs over the top. The rough inbetweens in the scene were also loose, but were done by someone other than Thomas.

    On Sleeping Beauty, you’ll sometimes find ruffs that are almost clean ups. Walt was busy at the park during production, so animators would occasionally be sitting on their hands waiting for approvals to scenes before they could pick up another one. In the meantime, they’d tie down their own ruffs.

    See ya

  4. on 04 Oct 2006 at 11:56 am 4.mykgerard said …

    wow, I just had an cleanup test that I didn’t do so hot on and I’m thinking these will help me practice and get better. Thanks!

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