WALL-e and Eve
Eve: Simple Complexity
To accompany my sketch of WALL – E, I did a drawing of Eve. Eve may look simple, but the composition of her form is extremely complex. To break it down literally, it could take five lines to make the five shapes that form Eve. But in composition, those lines make a proportional, round, floating and sleek figure.
First, I did a quick 1-2min sketch to lay out proportions.
Second, I finished with 5-8min of layering details and tone
WALL-E : see Quick Sketches – megan carpenter
Cinderella’s magical transformation from rags to an elegant gown is a study of movement and grace. Disney art focused heavily on her visual transformation, from the movement in her arms and hair and clothing. It’s expressive and fluid. When I decided to sketch this subject, I wanted to study her movement as a means of illustrating the magic. I completed this sketch in three 30minute sittings. I really wanted the movement to be the emphasis, the transformation should be viewed as a whole, rather than each still. I took very little time working on each still, and instead focused on making the lines look alive.
A Pumpkin for a Carriage
In honor of the Fall season and Disney Magic, I decided to draw Cinderella’s magical pumpkin carriage.
A short 15-20 minute sketch with some shading was done to highlight the magical transformation from pumpkin to carriage. Hints of the pumpkin’s true form still remain in the details. The characteristics of the classic carriage are derived from the pumpkin, taking shape and transforming.
I’m Late, I’m Late, I’m Late
The White Rabbit is know for his race against the clock. Thus, I combined this sketch with an image overlay of my hand sketching the drawing at various moments. I wanted to try a new means of representation; sketching is beautiful in its purest form but it can also be enhanced by combining it with other art forms. I wanted to explore this and try something new. The white rabbit is representative of time, and so is the composition of this final piece.
A Castle Built for a Princess
I chose the sketch three Disney Castles; Prince Eric’s Castle from The Little Mermaid, the Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin, and Prince Ferdinand’s Castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Sketching not only tells a story but reveals one…
The beauty in each of these castles is far greater than their architecture alone. Each castle speaks to the princess it represents, via character ornamentation and grandeur. Beautiful! So the style is indicative of the princess and also the time in which the movie was filmed. And that is why I love viewing these three sketches together as a whole. From an animation standpoint, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated feature produced by Disney. It is evident how the evolution in animation has enhanced the level of detail found in these castles. Aladdin and The Little Mermaid were released in the 90s, and it is apparent that, along with the movies as a whole, the Castles have become more detailed in their design.
I love sketching these three castles, to represent their respective princesses and the time of animation.
Winnie the Pooh. And some Honey too.
This is a canvas painting I did with acrylics. The process was simple. First, I looked for a quote by Winnie the Pooh that I though was indicative to his loveable character, because I wanted to make this painting for my roommate who loves Winnie the Pooh and has been a good friend. I then sketched Winnie the Pooh and his honey pot on the canvas, and then began painting! The sketch took me roughly 20 minutes and the painting took 2 hours. All of the painting was done with a small brush (you can easily find at a craft store) and the fine lines and text were done with a toothpick.
And the huggable loveable Pooh Bear was complete.
Disneyland in a Day
Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, is filled with magic, fireworks, parades, story-filled rides and much more. With a hotel room pen and scrap paper, I embarked on an adventure of my own in Disneyland, sketching various Disneyland Park icons. Main Street U.S.A, Fantasyland, Toontown, Frontierland, Adventureland, Critter County and Tomorrowland all have their own sketches. The sketches lasted no more than 10 minutes: the purpose was to create quick observations that I believe capture the essence of the attraction but also the land in which it resides. Some sketches are of buildings, structures, signs and even a lamp post. There isn’t a single piece of Disneyland that wasn’t considered and the collection of sketches illustrate how Disneyland is a world of its own. Walt said “I don’t want to public to see the work they live in while there in the Park. I want to feel they’re in another world.” He has done just that.
Disneyland is a magical place where dreams come true. Walt Disney was persistent and determined to make his dreams come to life; a dream that was meant to inspire others to follow their own dreams and to never lose their imagination. I am inspired by Walt’s imagination and believe in making it come to life. We must never stop dreaming. As a part of Disney’s Diamond Celebration, the fireworks show gave tribute to Walt Disney and commemorated both the old and new Disney favorites. Walt Disney said, “Disneyland will never be complete. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” We must never stop dreaming.
Sketches were completed September 7, 2015