Thursday, August 26, 2010

Random Story Sketches (How To Train Your Dragon) 2006

These panels are taken from a an early first-pass in which Hiccup tries to get his stubborn, disinterested little dragon to catch fish for him. Note: Staying true to the book at the time, Toothless was portrayed as a smaller type of dragon that spoke in the third person and had a penchant for corny jokes and riddles. While pitching the sequence I had to say things like, "Toothless no want to catch fish! Toothless want more jokes!" (Ugh!) It soon became evident that the tone of the movie was sounding a bit too juvenile, and so the dragon was rendered mute. It wasn't until much later, however, that Toothless was changed to the larger Night Fury dragon that was in the movie.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Idea Sketch (How To Train Your Dragon) 2006

In the early days of story on HTTYD, Toothless was depicted as a scrawny runt of a dragon who was hardly a match for a flock of seagulls let alone other dragons. (digital drawing)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Chip N' Dale: Rescue Rangers Model Sheets (1988)

Here's a blast from the past for all you Disney Afternoon fans. This was the first show for which we created these one-sheets for the animators. The idea was to give them an easy to pin-up quick-reference sheet that featured construction info as well as a variety of poses and expressions. Note the shows creators, Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, signed-off on the sheets. Alan got his start in the business as a young buck in the WB shorts department back in "the day" and later at UPA in the early 50's. He would eventually become my mentor as I began to take on some directing duties for the Darkwing Duck series.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Digital Panda Sketches (KFP) 2004

These sketches were drawn digitally as I was transitioning to the Wacom Cintique for production work. Thought you might like to compare them to my previous posts. Working digitally introduces a variety of tools and techniques to storyboard artists, but sketching and drawing fundamentals remain the same.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More Random Story Sketches (KFP) 2003

More of the same here. 1/4 size panels, medium Sharpie and Prismacolor for tone.