Wednesday, December 30, 2009

UPDATE: Mark Henn Test

hey guys,

The test below from Mark Henn has been updated and is no longer dropping frames. Please look again. Sorry for the issues. (oh yeah, there is no sound in this file so your not going crazy)


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bert Klein: The Three Caballeros... animation from Epcot Center

Sorry for the lack of posts, but I have been pretty busy at work and at home. Here is a fun line test by Bert Klein. There are some great poses and fun things happening within this animation. There will be more to come soon.

Mark Henn: test for an animated short by Bert Klein

This is a test that Mark Henn did for an animated short created by one of my co-workers, Bert Klein.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

James Baxter dontation: Enchanted

Here is another donation from Enchanted. This is a truly amazing piece of work. There are so many layers of animation happening in this test, it takes many many many views to see everything that is being worked out. What I really love about this piece is the care that goes into building the character, adding the clothing, the hair, the extra bits of cloth that hang from the main part of the dress and the way everything is strongly driven by the way the character is moving down the stairs. Being able to see the construction through the dress is a real treat for me. Enjoy this masterful work as I did.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

"BJ" Crawford: Meltdown

Meltdown from bj crawford on Vimeo.

man man man... BJ doesnt stop. A man after my own heart.. I love it! BJ created this animation using a clip from the 11 sec club. As always man, great work..great work.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

James Baxter: Enchanted

Another donation of James Baxter's work on Enchanted. Speaks for itself.

John Lounsbery: Tony from Lady and the Tramp

John Lounsbery - Tony Animation : rough to color from David Nethery on Vimeo.

thanks for the link. Nice work adding the color at the end and looping this small clip a few times!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Carlos Zapater: Animation Reel

Found another great Spanish animator. Carlos Zapater posted his reel on Youtube and he has a lot of solid work presented. I am hoping some of the animators that have worked on these projects from Spain and France chime in and donate some more works.. fantastic..

Thursday, November 12, 2009

more of Emperor's New Groove: Pencil Tests

Nik Ranieri: Lead Animator on Kuzco

Tony Bancroft: Lead Animator on Kronk

Dale Baer: Lead Animator on Yzma

these are some grabs from the 'web'. One of the supporters pointed me to these a bit ago and I am sure we have all seen these. I wish they were a bit clearer but they still show a nice bit of work. Sorry for the lag between posts I will have more to come shortly.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pencil Test Depot (quicktime requests)

I have noticed that many people have asked for the clips to be placed in quicktime format. In an effort to respect my colleagues and the animators on the site, I would want to leave the mass distribution of work up to the people who have created the animation. Some of these clips are on Youtube as well as other sites, so they are able to be viewed there for frame by framing. I want everyone to understand that I know that you want to study the work bit by bit, but I think if I make the files downloadable without the consent of the artists, the depot will lose a lot of potential donations as well as respect. I think the community has been supportive because the work is not being passed out widely over the net. WHAT I WILL DO IS...I will ask for downloadable donations from the artists that I know and this will give us the best of both worlds! Lets keep our fingers crossed that this will come to light. If so I will set up an ftp where you can grab the clips easily. I appreciate the donations and we will continue to show the respect and appreciation for the animators that are posted on this site. I hope that everyone understands and can continue to enjoy the work here.

I appreciate everyone who visits the site and I will do my best to make it as enjoyable as I can.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bruce Smith & Team: Pacha from Emperors New Groove

I had a few moments to re read the emails (between unpacking) and view the links people I have sent. I have replied to them all but I cant figure out why they are getting kicked back. Anyway one link was this collection of Pacha animation. Bruce Smith was the supervising animator of Pacha so I am sure this a collection of his work and the guys/gals who worked with him. Bruce is definitely one of my favorite animators and one of the reasons why I am still animating to this day. I was hoping to gets some clearer versions of is work, but this is a great start. Thanks again for the donation!

oh and thank you guys for the support.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Update: Posts and Emails

I wanted to apologize for 2 things. First I want to thank the people who have been sending links and anim files. We all appreciate it and we are grateful. I have responded to all the emails but I realized last night that a few emails have been kicked back to my outbox. I am trying to resolve the technical problem, but please keep sending stuff because we can still get email. Secondly I want to apologize for the lack of new posts. I have pencil tests to put up but it may be a bit since I am still transitioning back to Los Angeles. soon..soon.. and thank you again

All the best
Jamaal B

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Lilo & Stitch: Deleted Sequences Pencil Tests!

Align Left
Model Citizen: Mayhem at the Beach

Bedtime Story

WOW!..Full pencil test sequences from Lilo and Stitch. These are deleted sequences and have a mixture of rough pencil and cleaned (mostly rough)! These are some really nice pieces and I have always been really impressed how Andreas Deja guided his team with the subtle child like motions of Lilo. The Beach sequence has some uncomfortable comments made towards Lilo (trying to play on the ignorance of some tourists) and I would guess as far as the Bedtime Story goes...they wanted to go more direct to the point of showing the love between the two sisters even after the argument. I definitely would say that the sequence that they went with in the film is pretty strong. If you haven't seen the movie, do a comparison and see how you feel...discussion?


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Milt Kahl: Edgar from Aristocats

Milt Kahl Pencil-Test from Victor Ens on Vimeo.

Victor Ens once again posts some goodness. It is a very quick line test but Victor graciously looped it a few times. Thanks for posting this at your Vimeo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sergio Pablos: Doppler ROUGH_ v02

Sergio Pablos rough animation of Doppler from Haylee Herrick on Vimeo.

Another great donation from. The work speaks for itself!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Joma Santiago: Pencil Tests

Here is another donation that was sent. Joma Santiago pencil tests... enjoy

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Princess and The Frog: first 5 mins with Pencil Tests

The Cartoon Brew has posted the first 5 minutes of The Princess and the Frog which also contains a mixture of finished sequences and pencil test sections. It's exciting to see Disney return to the fairytale because they stayed away from it for a long time. We now get both things that made them stand out. I know you have heard jokes and funny comments about singing and dancing in animation, but it is something that is very impressive if done correctly. Not many people have the skill set to mix acting and musical performance and make it very entertaining. Madam Mim is a great example from Sword and the Stone, King Louis from Jungle Book, and many others. I look forward to this movie and I am sure most of the people who follow the blog will be seeing it as well.

Swing by Cartoon Brew, give your two cents, or click the link on the right and enjoy.

Thanks again for the emails and the donations. New posts coming soon!

Friday, October 2, 2009

William "BJ"Crawford: Theif pencil test...

Thief from bj crawford on Vimeo.

BJ has sent me the link to his 11 sec anim and there are just some great things going on in this test. The way the character re adjust his hand as he places it on the table, the expression change for the discovery, the phone re positioning, the breath before the final take,etc... great work!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sergio Pablos: Doppler ROUGH

here is another Sergio..Doppler test. This is a loose test that shows a bit of his process before the refined work gets established. It begins almost through the middle of the patient

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

James Baxter: Rough Belle Pencil Test

Beauty and the Beast Pencil Test from Victor Ens on Vimeo.

Someone sent me a link to Victor Ens' Vimeo site with this great test displayed. Victor has been putting up some good animation and I have a few of his things posted here as well. Thanks for finding these gems and uploading them! While analyzing this animation, I am thinking there are 5 key poses, but it could be 4...up for discussion.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Update: New Post Coming Soon!

Hey guys,
So I will be transitioning back to Los Angeles so there may be a little bit of lag between posts. I will be adding another author to the blog as well so that there will be more of a tag team for posting material. Thanks for all the great comments


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Glen Keane rough Sarah and Young Jim Hawkins #2: Treasure Planet

Another treasure from Glen Keane. Very subtle acting and good attention to detail in the child's emotions and facial expressions. Thanks for the donation!

Monday, September 21, 2009

William "BJ" Crawford: Bloody Mary from short film A Time For All Seasonings

another goodie from BJ! I love the arcs that he is putting on the lips... really a nice cartoony singer.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

William "BJ" Crawford: sc.4 from short film A Time For All Seasonings

More goodies from William Crawford. Some very nice and creative poses with these characters. I will be posting more pencil tests from his short soon. Thanks for the donation BJ!

Pencil Test Depot .COM

I have now pointed the blog to WWW.PENCILTESTDEPOT.COM for easy access. Pass it along!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Milt Kahl: Roger from 101 Dalmations

Roger from 101 Dalmatians animated by Milt Kahl. There is another layer that would normally be in this shot of an excited Pongo. Thanks to David N for the donation!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pedro Garcia: Nocturna Reel

some nice expressions on the characters... fun to watch.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

William "BJ" Crawford: Panda Test

William Crawford is a commercial animator and director. I came across some of his beautiful work and you can see the care that he puts into it. He is also going to donate some more very soon. Here is one... enjoy!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Glen Keane: rough animation of Fagin from Oliver & Company

John Pomeroy: Milo rough animation from Disney's Atlantis

Another one of my favorite animators, John Pomeroy. I am hoping to find some of his work from the Secret of Nimh as well.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Milt Kahl: Snoops from The Rescuers

You can find this one in various places on the net as well. Added to the list for easy access.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Ken Duncan: progresson of Jane from Disney's Tarzan

rough pass

tie down pass

Another great donation and it is appreciated by everyone who comes to the depot. Ken Duncan is a great animator and there is some nice character moments. Really good to see his thought process.

Animation Podcast and Cartoon Brew

Hey guys, I didn't want to add too many links, but I think Animation Podcast with Clay Kaytis and Cartoon Brew have a lot of good information from animators and interesting news and conversations in the animation industry. The feeds are on the right hand side so that you can have easy access to whats new. Here are the links to the sites as well.

Thanks again for visiting. New pencil tests coming soon!

Animation Podcast
Cartoon Brew

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Milt Kahl: George from the Aristocats (update with Sher Kahn)

This is a test from Aristocats. You can really feel the character is old but still tries to get around the way he used to. Great character and entertaining choices!

found this test and just attached it here instead of making a new post. Your player is fine...that is just jumping to another frame..either that or it was shot with some frames missing

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Matt Williames: Update

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Matt Williames: Short Film and Curious George

Monday, September 7, 2009

Glen Keane rough Sarah and Young Jim Hawkins: Treasure Planet

Sergio Pablos Doppler Collection: Treasure Planet

Sergio Pablos' work is fantastic. I look forward to posting more of his stuff here. Hopefully I will be able to find some of his Tantor work from Tarzan, and his picture Giacomo's Secret.

Sinbad: James Baxter

Mowgli & King Louis: Milt Kahl

Frank Thomas Pencil Test from Lady and the Tramp

Mowgli Climbing: Milt Kahl Pencil Test from The Jungle Book

Pablo Navarro: Demo Reel filled with great Pencil Tests

This is Pablo Navarro's animation reel and he has some wonderful animation on here. It is great to see how he handles the simple shapes. The characters really feel alive!

Andreas Deja on Frank Thomas & Glen Keane on Ollie Johnston

I figure I would use these videos for the first post since we get a good discussion as well as a nice peek into some pencil tests by two of the greats.