layout

12 02 2016

historic

the layout in traditional animation is the ‘blueprint’ of a scene, the line and tonal version of a background including camera instructions and field sizes, as well as rough sketched key poses of the animation. in the past the dark and light values were drawn with blue or black soft pencils, in the forties ( BAMBI ) the layout was ‘painted’ with graphite dust and gasoline, highlights erased with eraser-pens. all that was done on vellum what made it easier to trace the lines onto background cardboard. a lot of those layouts from the old days are masterpieces, they look like painted in graphite. in the archives they were not treated as well as most backgrounds, folded several times, a lot of them torn because of the vellum thin quality. following I want to show you a few layouts from some of the older disney animated shorts and feature films. they are treasures of a lost art…

1937 clock cleaners
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1961 101 dalmatians
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1939 the practical pig
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1942 bambi
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1939 donald’s lucky day
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1940 fantasia
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1948 melody time – once upon a wintertime
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1938 mickey’s trailer
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1940 pinocchio
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1938 the moth and the flame
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1959 sleeping beauty
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1947 fun and fancy free – bongo
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1940 fantasia
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1967 the jungle book
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1955 lady and the tramp
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2002 lilo and stitch
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1999 tarzan
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5 responses

12 02 2016
Johnny Stingray

These are fabulous. I’ve only just found your blog but it’s inspiring. Thanks for sharing your finds!

13 02 2016
Costume Trunk

Love those layouts. Are these from your personal collection?

14 02 2016
Ian

Thanks for these – real treasures of light and shade!

19 02 2016
Matt

Amazing, just amazing. Love the varied tree styles from the different artists. Is that Armitage’s Jungle Book work?

5 08 2016
Gabi

hello sir hans! it’s been a long while…i think 8 years now. i’ve been one of your students back in CSB around 2008 in Manila. I hope you’re doing well 🙂

Anyway these backgrounds are stunning, especially the Lilo and Stitch one. I can’t stop looking at it. I’m curious if you know the artist who made it?

from hans –
hello gabi, good to hear from you, hope you are doing well. the artist was PAUL FELIX. you can find a lot more of his masterpieces

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