For most people, their first interaction with Disney is through its animated films. Those films are the company’s calling card and lure folks into their web of magic by making us fall in love with their characters and stories.
|This is the room where
animators hone their skills.
|My Winnie the Pooh with Henn’s
Winnie the Pooh in the distance.
|Henn drawing Winnie the Pooh|
In our art lesson, Henn took us through the steps to create our own Winnie the Pooh while discussing what it takes to bring a character to life. When the animators came together to develop each character for the movie, they all drew Winnie the Pooh slightly different–perhaps a slightly flatter tummy for some or slightly larger cheeks for others. To most of us, these differences wouldn’t be noticeable, but between animators, they could take one look and know who drew each Pooh bear. In order for animators to stay on the right track and draw the character the same way, artists have style sheets that guide their drawing.
Winnie the Pooh art used with permission of the Disney Studios.