My Favorite Animation Drawings

Every once in a while I come across some animation that I absolutely love. I must admit that I'm a huge fan of Rod Scribner, an amazing animator who worked at Warner Brothers from 1938 to 1954 and then worked for UPA and finally Bill Melendez on some of the Charlie Brown specials.

As an exercise for myself, I watch the footage of a scene I'm really amazed by. I load it onto my computer and then, using Premier, I print out the individual drawings. I then take them to my animation table and trace off the drawings. I find by going back over the original drawings, I can think about what the animator was thinking as they drew the character. I pick out the key poses and the breakdowns, then flip the drawings and figure out the timing they chose for each key.

It's amazing what you can learn by this process. It's time consuming but very enlightening.

Here's a selection of some of the scenes/drawings I've done over the last while. (you can download the .pdf version of the pencil drawings here.)

These three drawings are from Bob Clampett's "Hare Ribbin" (the Director's cut) - Animation by Rod Scribner. These Bugs drawings are amazing.

This next section of drawings is from "Tortoise Beats the Hare" by Bob Clampett. Again, the animation is by Rod Scribner. These drawings are all in order. Here's the clip from the cartoon.

And here's the clip with the key drawings as a pencil test inserted.

I love the goofy expression here.

I know, this is a really ugly drawing of his face, but it's exactly as it appeared in the cartoon.

This is so cool! Look how demented he is.

This drawing above has a beautiful line of action to it.

Nice stretch on the arms here.

Look at all those wrinkles.

I love the lip on this one.

In these next three drawings he looks like a total maniac.

Nice three dimensional drawing of the head and arms.