The layout in traditional animation is the ‘blueprint’ of a scene, the line and tonal version of a background including camera instructions and field sizes, as well as rough sketched key poses of the animation. Read more: one1more2time3
Brother Bear composition explorations by Hans Bacher.
These are scans from Hans Bacher’s amazing book Dream Worlds. As you probably know Hans Bacher worked as an art-director on many great Disney films, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King & Mulan. If you’re serious about animation make sure you find this book, as well as his more recent book: Sketchbook: Composition Studies for Film.
For me as a story artist these tiny illustrations are super interesting. Too often I get lost in the business of a scene and forget the power of one strong image. Recently I’ve been trying to find one or two key shots to build a scene around. I try to find the best visual statement to accentuate the essence of the scene. The ease, clarity and simplicity of these studies are very inspiring to me. I’m gonna try my hardest to incorporate some of it in my own boards!