Activity 2A.1: Choosing a Story
Some examples of animated movies based on fairy tales, myths, folktales, or short stories are listed below.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox (stop-motion animation)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Little Mermaid
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White
Activity 2B.1: Initial Character Design
Clips Demonstrating Follow-Through and Overlap and Appeal
Most animated movies will include examples of these two principles. You might show students examples of earlier Disney shorts featuring characters such as Goofy, Donald Duck, or Mickey Mouse. The example in the unit is a clip from Snow White, another good choice.
Activity 2B.2: Creating Turnaround Sheets and Character Studies
Sample Turnaround Sheets
DC Cartoon Archives Model Sheets
How to Draw Elfquest: Character Charts
Klasky Csupo Animation Lessons: Turnarounds
Teen Titans Art and Design: Original Turnarounds and Model Sheets
Sample Character Studies Showing Expression
The following character studies were lent from the Van Eaton Galleries to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive (www.animationarchive.org/2006/09/media-two-disney-concept-artists.html).
Character Design Blogspot: From Concept to Final. Round 5 (The Jungle Book)
Character studies for the characters of Shere Khan, The Monkey, and The Girl
Baby Pegasus, from Concert Feature F-128
The following character studies were lent from the Van Eaton Galleries to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive (www.animationarchive.org/labels/model%20sheet.html).
Donald Duck, from Production 2043
Unititled (Minnie and Mickey Mouse)
Donald’s Date (Daisy and Donald Duck)
The following character studies were lent from the Van Eaton Galleries to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive (http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/08/media-reluctant-dragon-and-pinocchio.html).
Model Sheet Pinocchio F-3
The Art of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (book)
You can find sample pages of the book, including character studies of Chihiro Ogino, online.
Activity 2B.3: Finalzing the Character Design
Sample Model Sheets
About.com Animation Character Sheet
Animationmeat.com Model Sheets
This site includes model sheets, turnarounds, and character studies showing action and expression.
The Unofficial Disney Animation Archive: Model Sheets
This site includes both model sheets and character studies showing action and expression.
(Note that some pencil tests may be more “finished” than others—show students tests that use simplified character designs.)
Academy of Art Animation Notes: Classic Milt Kahl Pencil Test
Pencil Test Depot