Sunday, April 17, 2011

"...I Say..." Sher Khan pencil test by Milt Kahl

Not too much to say about this pencil test except...BEAUTIFUL!
enjoy

24 comments:

Omar said...

That's inhumanly amazing.

Luis María Benítez said...

It's awesome.

Herman G said...

wow

L ROSSI said...

Absolutely amazing by any standards - but what makes it even more amazing for me is that these guys invented this stuff, before the days of animation schools,internet and even linetesters!
L

Toni Reyna said...

Superb...

Dapoon said...

I had seen the drawings of Sher Khan walking away in the "Illusion of Life", where it was explained that Milt didn't use anything for reference when he animated this. He was so experienced in animal motion. Respect.

the plummer said...

What's really killing me are all the holds in places like the body as the tiger is sitting. The line work has so much discipline in the application. I sweat blood just to get inbetweens that solid on held areas and others just sloppily work in the same areas and then wonder why their animation doesn't look as good as the greats. It's good control and good drawing. Wouldn't hurt to have the time to work on the animation like Milt did...nowadays it's everything in a 10th of the time wanting the same quality. =(

bobby fasel said...

Does anyone happen to know how long it took him to complete something like this?

My biggest problem with myself is that I feel as though I work incredibly slow.

sKELLz said...

He Broke the element of tw once he started walking and you can see his shoulders lump up in down infront of his head because they are closer to the view.

SikArtist said...

Frigging genius!!!

Nagy Péter said...

This is absolutely Heavenly!! Thanks Jamaal & Milt!

Stephen Worth said...

Just to add a semi-dissenting view...

This scene is a masterful example of draftsmanship... Wrapping those stripes perfectly around the body as it moves and recedes in perspective... Kahl's animation from the 40s is a lot more impressive to me.

Take for instance this scene posted by Michael Sporn...
http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=2601

Here, we don't just have difficult volumetric drawing, there's rhythm, overlap, the element of surprise, perfectly clear staging (check out how the face is still clear in the stumble!), personality, the character's thought process, everything!

Everyone points to Kahl's 60s work as the peak of animation, and it certainly is from a draftsmanship viewpoint. But there's a lot more to animation than just really difficult drawing. In my opinion. Kahl's animation from the 40s was his best, particularly the spectacular animation of Br'er Fox, which no one ever talks about.

Anonymous said...

Let's see..

rhythm, overlap, surprise, clear staging, personality, thought process..etc

Don't you think it's a bit overly simplistic to believe that this only happened in the 40s? Also, there are a ton of people who talk about his work on Br'er Fox; it just depends on what type of people you are talking to..

.. again it comes down to taste.. You may believe strongly that his 40s work is his best; but that's entirely your opinion..

my opinion is that there are gems in his whole career.. and it's rather silly to approach an artist's work in terms of era..

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