Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Glen Keane on Eagles

So I'm betting none of you have ever seen this before...unless you worked on "The Rescuers Down Under". Anyone?

Both Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl are credited with saying things like "If I know how to take something apart and put it back together again, then I can draw it." I totally agree with that and this is Glen's attempt to "take apart" an Eagle so everyone on the crew would understand the giant eagle character in the movie. Most of this stuff applies to birds in general.

Be aware that many of these eagle drawings have TINY heads. Look at this first page...that head is wee! That's becasue Glen was trying to draw this bird as a GIANT eagle. That's how you put over the idea of a giant....draw a regular man, then shrink his head down. Viola! Instant giant. Proportions are a magical thing. Watch them carefully!

Just don't study this and start learning to draw only birds with teeny tiny heads. People will think you're weird.










Okay, that's about all the Glen Keane stuff I have. Anyway, this isn't supposed to be a Glen fansite! Something totally different to come soon.

***UPDATE***I scanned these quickly and even though I scanned them at high res I think I accidentally saved them at a smaller size. Please leave feedback about if these scans I've been doing lately are too small or what. Also, the top of page 6 got cut off. It says "Primaries span off of hand". If these scans are inadequate I will redo when I can!

25 comments:

Emma said...

Whoa, this is awesome. I've been trying to find some kind of breakdown of birds, since most of the 'drawing animals' books I can find totally exclude birds, and scientific illustration bird books are more about the details than the movement and masses.

Thanks so much for posting this!

Marmax said...

Yeah thanks for these! They will really come in handy. Did he do these for Rescuers Down Under?

Per Hardestam said...

Awesome material. Scans in perfect resolution. Thanks!

Benjamin De Schrijver said...

Woah! This is amazing stuff. Such fantastic drawings, and it's really interesting to see how he breaks things down and tries to understand them. Thanks a LOT for sharing all these notes!

Victor Ens said...

( :- O
This is such inspiring stuff !!
Thank you soooo much for sharing.

Paul Mikulecky said...

Hey Mark, those are great! Thanks for posting them. Your blog is a daily visit and I haven't been disappointed yet.

Note: For some reason I couldn't see EF4.png when I tried to click on it...

Cheers,
Paul Mikulecky
Lost Pencil Animation Studios Inc.
http://www.lostpencil.com

"The art of character animation is to try
to catch lightning in a bottle.... one volt
at a time." Brad Bird

mark kennedy said...

Paul-
Glad you enjoy them! Try again - ef4 worked for me a second ago. Let me know if trouble persists.

mark kennedy said...

And thanks to everyone else for the comments!

Paul Mikulecky said...

Hey Mark, IE didn't like that one file, but Firefox loaded it about 80% and then stopped (cut off at the thigh of the lower sketches). I'm running it off of windows...

Cheers,
Paul

Jayenti Collins said...

wow! these are incredible! thanks so much for sharing these mark!

chickennuggets said...

wow these are great!

who's glen keane?

Skribbl said...

Oh Chickenuggets, you slay me!!

Mark, post some story goodness! Glen is good but we need story stuffs! Got any Joe Ranft notes or something like that???

DanO said...

these are amazing.

thanks for posting them!

mark kennedy said...

Paul-sorry about the png versions. I scanned these on the big scanner at work and I didn't realize my work computer was saving them as png's not jpegs. Anyone who has trouble can e-mail me and I will send them to you, or maybe I will post jpegs at a different location. Anyone else having trouble?

Nuggets...you're silly.

Skribbl! The only "story" notes I have are all the handouts I've made. Every time I go to post them I decide against it. Do you have anything I could post? For some reason story people aren't into making handouts about their process like animators are.

barry johnson said...

I remember a great handout Joe did about "how to pitch a board".
I'd have to go on a 3day search to find my copy though...

Great Glen post :)

secretsquirrel said...

Thanks for those great drawings. The scene of Marahute and Cody flying in RDU is such a wonderful scene-- so beautifully realized. Keane's animation is amazing-- do you know who boarded it?

mark kennedy said...

barry-
I've got that handout but I think it's still qualified as "top secret". I'll post it the day after I get fired from here.

Secretsquirrel-
Actually Glen boarded the final version. Chris Sanders did some of it as well.

Benjamin De Schrijver said...

If you're interested, go here for some of those boards: http://www.animationarchive.net/Feature%20Films/The%20Rescuers/Model%20Sheets/

They're pretty bad quality, and they're under "The Rescuers" on the site instead of Down Under, but they're still nice and interesting to look at.

Overall a really nice site, btw, tons of model sheets on there.

Skribbl said...

Barry should e-mail his copy and then you should post it. That would qualify it as "not yours". Okay?

mark kennedy said...

Skribbl, don't you already have those?

Skribbl said...

I do but the world doesn't

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Heather Pressley said...

Thank you for posting these gorgeous pages..and they really are gorgeous! This is perfect for me, as just last week I was struggling with eagle anatomy (particularly the legs and wings) and these pages by Glen Keane have REALLY cleared up some things for me! Thank you so much! I love your blog..I am learning SO MUCH.