Monday, March 27, 2006

An Essential Handout

I've had this for as long as I can remember. Many of you probably already have it....but if you don't, it's indispensable stuff. If you have it but haven't dragged it out for a while, take a fresh look. The info on horizon lines saved my butt on many occasions.

It was drawn by Carson Van Osten, who I had the good fortune to work with briefly in the early 90s. I don't know where it was published, or if there was more of it - if anyone knows, please let us know.


Unfortunately the xerox I have of this next page got cut off. Luckily, the top part is reproduced in "The Illusion of Life" - just look up "Twins" in the index. Basically it's saying don't have a totally symmetrical pose - it flattens out the drawing and bleaches the life out of it. The part on the lower left is to say that if you have three characters running, come up with a different pose for each one, for variety and to add some life.




16 comments:

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

It's been a long while indeed since I've seen this. It's probably lost among all that crap I hauled home when I left Disney. This is a valuable handout, one of the most valuable I've ever gotton. Kevin Harkey laid that on me along with a bunch of other really great stuff back in the fall of '93 when he was training me. Man, was that really that long ago?
This is indispensible! Pin it up next to your desk!!!

Steve said...

Will do, I have a ton of your stuff pinned up at home and at work now Mark, especially the story stuff...

Great Post, I feel like I work at disney now with all the awesome handouts I have =]

warren said...

You're timing couldn't be better...I'm thumbnailing out a kids' funnybook right now!

I actually get to use these right quick. Thanks.

Donnie said...

Mark, after reading this it actually hurt to go back and look at some of the stuff I've done recently! These are going up at work and at home. Who drew these? It's really inspiring stuff, and makes me wish Disney would resurrect these great characters. Thanks for doing such a great website!

mark kennedy said...

Hey everybody-glad you enjoy them! These are amazing.

Donnie-They were drawn by Carson Van Osten, agreat Disney character artist. I wonder where they came from - are there more of them? Hopefully someone will tell us.

Ben Williams said...

Wow! I had seen the handout about twinning before but have never come across any of the other stuff. Thank you so much for putting all this information out there. It is a humongous help.

Dan said...

Great handout, right to the point. This is my definition of notes

More than just the page you mentioned is in the Illusion of Life. The bottom of page 6 and top of page 7 is from it as well...

I wonder if there's more of this stuff out there?

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bboy said...

great information, thanks for sharing

Bill said...

Oh man, this is great stuff! Not just for comics of course...I remember the part in Illusion of Life but I had no idea there were more pages. Woo hoo! Thanks Mark!

Jenny said...

That "Paf!" from the "flat"/twins part has been folkloric in my circle of high school pals...made such an impact from "Illusion of Life"(as with everyone else). I can't tell you the number of drawings I've seen or done(urp), where that ubiquitous "PAF" warning pops into my head, heh. Thanks for the rest of them!

Jorge Noujaim said...

Mark,
Your blog is realhy great, thanks for sharing all these great stuff.
I always had problens with compositions and bg, and your blog is helping me a lot.

Jeremy Bernstein said...

Great blog Mark! This info is pricelss. Thanks so much!

willipino said...

fantastic notes.

kim sung-kyung said...

Thank you for this blog.
This information is priceless.
Thank you.

HenriekeG said...

Whoa- I can't say how glad I am I found this!
A few of these images were published in a Dutch 'Donald Duck winterbook' I bought as a kid, but I've never seen half of them.
I just started to draw Disney comics and I've still got so much to learn- it's thanks to blogs like these my art is quickly getting less ugly!

I'm not half finished reading your blog, but if you have any more of this please post it :) Thanks!