The other day we were watching Beauty and the Beast, and I remember thinking ……Wow!!, cool…. I know who worked on some of these sequences:
Aaron Blaise has worked as animator or supervising animator on films like “The Rescuers Down Under”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, “Mulan” and as co-director of Oscar nominated film “Brother Bear”.
Take a look at his website, creatureartteacher and blog, artofaaronblaise for some fantastic artwork and tutorials.
Learning from Joe Weatherly animal drawing videos at NMA:
Here I’ve followed along a lovely demonstration by Glenn Vilppu of a woman`s head drawn from imagination:
Vilppu arm demonstrations:
This was done from a magazine:
These pages are from an old sketchbook when I had been reading a lot of books on decorative design. Most of them are good but one book actually shows you how to design those enticing spirals by yourself (Gold mine alert! Drawing and designing in a series of lessons / by Charles G. Leland.)
The one in color I designed myself:
These two pages have some from the book and some by me:
Doing the spirals here (right most bottom) reminded me of the ones which I use to sometimes make (right most middle) in front of our house, oh.. donkey’s years ago. Its called rangoli in Hindi and muggu in Telugu. The bigger ones look very complicated but they are not really that difficult to make, a vertical line of dots (here, 7) is made first, then the lines to either side have progressively lesser number of dots. The loops are made around these dots which serve as a grid pattern:
This ones just doodling, doing landscape thumbnails from imagination:
This one’s also from imagination, its a bit winnie-the-pooh (one of my favorites of the Disney Classics) landscape inspired, so I put a Puh Bär quote next to it: