Never Lose Sight of One Thing

…it was all started by a mouse.

Steamboat Willie and the iconic scene for which Mickey Mouse is known. This sketch is about understanding the scene in full, it’s not enough to just depict Mickey.

Process is very important to me as the means of visual development, so I’ve attached process pictures of my sketch.


  
  

Adventure is Out There

I asked myself 2 questions before I began this sketch:

1. Can I sketch a detailed and quality illustration without taking hours of meticulous sketching and obsession to fine details? I want to capture the pure essence of an image for the purpose of quality illustration, not representation of detail. 

2. Can I sketch an illustration that breaks me out of the mold of sketching “known” scenes and layouts?

The answer, this sketch…and hopefully I was successful! I am an admirer of the tag line from Up, “Adventure is Out There.” To me, that phrase directs me to Disney, where adventures are found and dreams can come true. That is what led me to Cinderella’s Castle. Carl’s house floated over Paradise Falls because that was his dream of adventure. My dream of adventure is to one day work for Disney as an artist, so I sketched the iconic house with balloons floating over Cinderlla’s Castle!

  

We’re your Friends

These minor characters make a big scene in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Their appearance and personality are hard to forget!
I chose the sketch these characters because I am trying to get away from the orthogonal drafting that I do in architecture. I want to keep my pencil looser and be able to sketch expressive characters!

Few lines, Big Expression

It’s incredible how a few sketched lines and illustrate powerful emotions. I took two iconic scenes from the Disney movies Pinocchio and Tangled, and generated a quick sketch that used minimal unfinished lines to illustrate the emotions in each scene. In Pinocchio, Gepetto and Pinocchio are trying to escape the Whale and fear and adrenaline and desperation fill the scene. In contrast, the love scene in Tangled shows Flynn and Rapunzel surrounded by the floating lanterns, filled with awe, wonder, joy and the beginnings of love.

I’m working on illustrating expression and emotions through my sketches. Sometimes the free form of the lines are more successful than the rigid and lengthy sketch studies, so I did these very quickly and made myself stop before going into the minute details.