Apologies in advance – this post might make you hungry.
Have you ever noticed that animated food always looks delicious? Studio Ghibli is especially good at it – I craved ramen for weeks after watching Ponyo (see top image) And now that I’ve seen the GIF… there’s an awfully good chance I’ll be having a bowl tomorrow.
For more check out this new tumblr – dedicated entirely to animated food. (I recommend having food nearby)
If I have not yet convinced you to add Andreas Deja’s new blog to your bookmark list, perhaps these will do it:
These drawings are by John Lounsbery, one of Walt Disney’s ‘Nine Old Men’, and one of my favorite animators. The characters, of course, are one of the Italian chefs from Lady and the Tramp and the wolf from The Sword in the Stone.
Please do yourself a favor and head over to Deja View. What I have posted is only a tiny sampling of all the wonderful drawings Andreas Deja has posted. Take a look!
And for good measure:
(Photo: Deja (left) with legendary Disney animator Eric Larson)
Andreas Deja has started a blog! I, for one, am extremely excited to add this blog to my morning routine. Go there!
For those who need a refresher, Deja was supervising animator of The Lion King‘s Scar, Beauty and the Beast‘s Gaston, and most recently Winnie the Pooh‘s Tigger (to name just a few – more listed here) Deja has promised animation ruffs, thumbnails, and character designs (from Disney’s Nine Old Men and other inspirational animators), many of which have never been published.
Already Deja has made good on this promise, posting the pencil test below. The clip is from Sleeping Beauty; the first shot animated by Ollie Johnston, and the second by Frank Thomas
Gives me goosebumps! Notice how Ollie has staged the three fairies so that the audience is always looking in the right place. Watch the clip three times (or more!), concentrating on what Ollie has done with each character. Notice how Merryweather bounces excitedly before her line, and how Flora’s finger is brought up to Fauna’s face right before Fauna gets her line (our eye is already exactly where it has to be!) So good!
It contrasts so nicely with the second shot. As Deja notes, “And Frank’s close up of Merryweather shows a mood change with stunning subtleties.The way her head anticipates ever so slightly the word “frost”.”
Have I convinced you yet to head over to Deja’s blog? Would another link do it?
The Burning House is a website that poses the question, “If your house was burning, what would you take with you?” Above are a handful of photo responses from readers around the world. Each photo is accompanied with a descriptive list. In some cases, the value or sentimentality of an item is explained (ie. a gift from a girlfriend or a hand-me-down from a parent.) In other cases, we are left to our imaginations (ie. the glitter barbie head and toy gun pictured above.)
I definitely recommend a look around – I for one have spent the last couple hours there!