Disney Animators Study Their Reflections in Mirrors to Draw Classic Characters’ Facial Expressions
For decades, professional animators have relied on mirrors and their own facial expressions to be able to produce the dynamic, expressive characters that audiences know and love. Using themselves as models, the artists leer, grin, and grimace at their own reflections so that they can recreate the right nuances of each look on paper.
In this charming set of photos, legendary animators from the 1940s to the 1960s can be seen making hilarious faces at themselves as they sketch beloved characters like Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, and Fred Flintstone. Working in famed studios like Walt Disney Production, Warner Bros, and Hanna-Barbera Productions, these artists brought to life many of the creations that defined the golden age of American animation, from Tom and Jerry to Lady and the Tramp.
Pink Pooka is done for my portfolio. Now to finish Merrilee Boopkins!
The Pink Pooka Prince lives on a small peaceful world filled with teatime and monsters (nice monsters) While the quiet and calm suits their shy nature they also look to the sky and wonder what other worlds and dimensions lie out in the reaches of the cosmos. Good thing they have a good friend who just happens to be able to open portals to all sorts of wondrous and terrifying places.
One of my favorite episodes of Courage the Cowardly Dog was The Mask. You know the one where Courage helps Kitty rescue her “friend” Bunny from some abusive mob dog? I used to love the scene at the end where they reunite on the train. I’ve been feeling very inspired by Kitty and Bunny lately. I guess after ten plus years my brain still wonders what happened to them after they rode into the sunset.