I know how many Milt-o-philes are out there and there's lots more Milt to come. But this is a storyboard site first and foremost so....let's take a break from Milt with some equal time for our patron saint...I mean Bill Peet.
These are from the collection of Andreas Dejas (who did not give them to me). He generously shared them with the recent storyboard trainees here at Disney, who generously shared them with me. They're from a legal pad that Bill used to thumbnail some ideas for "Sword in the Stone". If you look in Peet's Autobiography there is a drawing of himself working like this on a legal pad while vacationing with his family. As far as I know he worked this way a lot. He often spoke in interviews about "filling legal pads with ideas".
Now some people may be tempted to compare Bill's thumbnails with Milt's and decree that Bill doesn't compare to Milt...well, I disagree with you. It's apples and oranges - both were filling different functions.
Nevertheless, I have known many people who determined that "Bill couldn't draw very well". I vehemently disagree. Go look at Bill's boards for "Dumbo" in the "Paper Dreams" book. Bill's sketches are amazing for that stuff. He put a lot into them - tons of textures, lots of suggested lighting, etc. But as the years went by, he drew less and less in his sketches. Becasue any story artist has to crank out tons and tons of sketches, and drawings keep getting cut out of the reel and replaced and rethought. Why put all the extra drawing and detail in there? No story artist has time for all that, and no story artist would stay sane for long if they put all of that into every sketch only to see it replaced endlessly with another idea. So Bill only puts what he needs to put in there to put the idea over. When he needed to draw a lot of stuff to put over an idea, he put it in. When he didn't need to, he didn't. This, to me, is great drawing. A great story sketch communicates what it needs to and no more. This may sound crazy but any board artist who has done this long enough realizes that communicating more than you need to creates confusion.
Also bear in mind the very different purpose of Bill's thumbnails and Milt's thumbnails. Bill is staring at the blank page - trying to figure out a sequence from scratch with nothing to go from. Trying to find a shape to the thing and order the events in the right way. So he's tackling the overall form of a big chunk of film. By the time Milt is thumbnailing, he knows exactly what the scene is about and what it needs to communicate. Milt's work, by definition, is much more focused on detail and subtleties.
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It is worth pointing out that everything I scan here has been given to me by fellow artists, not the Disney Company. The copies of artwork I recieve from the company come stamped "do not share or duplicate" and I will not break that agreement. But I still have tons of stuff to share legally!