Madam Mim and other Character Sketches

I have again scanned some pages from my sketchbook; work shown was drawn from worksheets Michael had given us for reference. I definitely need to start looking more at how things come together, rather than looking and drawing the final images.

Michael suggests to try understand how each character works by taking their figure apart, drawing them from different angles; with different body shapes/types in order to learn and progress within my own personal work.

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Below are some images of Madam Mim from Sword in the Stone and Dr.John Darling from Peter Pan. We will be using Madam Mim for life drawing this week, so we were practising in our sketchbooks.

“Milt Khal’s knowledge of anatomy and design is indisputable…” Wise words from Michael. Another character he has mentioned is Madam Medusa. “Madam Medusa took ‘drawn acting’ to new heights within a more limited animation format.”

After reading his words on Khal, I decided to do a little research into his work. Turns out he animated some of my favourite parts from Disney movies, including; Song of the south, The Aristocats, Bed knobs and Broomsticks, 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book. Thats a lot of success sitting under one’s belt! So inspirational. Makes me want to work harder.

Video showing some of Kahl’s iconic animation work for Disney studios.

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A Kahl sequence drawing, (above).

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