Artifactual: The Goddess of Spring Character Model Sheet
With flowers in bloom and birds alight this May, I am reminded of the springtime themes present in a number of classic Disney films. For instance, there is the classic “Little April Showers” sequence from 1942’s Bambi. Another example is the musical splendor of the first Technicolor cartoon, the 1932 Silly Symphonies short Flowers and Trees.
Courtesy Walt Disney Family Foundation, ©Disney" />Another springtime Silly Symphonies short, 1934’s The Goddess of Spring is based on the Greek myth of Persephone (or the Roman Proserpina), and her capture by the insidious god of the underworld. The project presented the unique opportunity for Disney artists and animators to bring human characters to life.
The character of Persephone in particular helped prepare Disney animators for the challenges of creating a human female character who moved, gestured, and expressed in a more realistic way for the studio’s first feature-length animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.Though the character of Persephone was ultimately deemed too rubbery to be realistic, animators learned a great deal about what worked and what needed to be changed for the movements of Snow White and other human characters as they launched into production of feature films. Ham Luske and Les Clark were the lead animators responsible for animating Persephone, and her movements were modeled on Luske’s wife Frankie.
Also during the production of Silly Symphonies, artists and animators developed methods for creating better developed and more consistent-looking characters. One of the tools they used was known as a character model sheet.
Character model sheets show a character in different poses, actions, with different expressions, and from different angles. Model sheets deal with both the physical and expressive traits of an animated character. They ensure consistency of the physical features of a character, especially when multiple animators are charged with bringing that same character to life.
Sometimes a character model sheet will include multiple characters to show their heights and girths relative to one another. In this, model sheets help maintain the appropriate proportions among characters of different sizes.
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Model sheets are created during the design phase in the production of animation. Before they start to draw the pictures that will be used to make any animated movie or cartoon, artists create model sheets for each character to be used by all of the animators so that everyone draws them consistently. They show one or more characters in a variety of poses to help all of the animators to draw the characters to that model so they look the same no matter which artist actually drew it. As such, the ones that come into the collectibles market are always reproductions.
Disney model sheets give you an insider's view of how each character is drawn and how they move on screen. There's nothing quite like them for giving you an insight into a character's personality. And, of course, since Disney knows very well how to commercialize their products, they often make model sheets that are solely designed for sale to fans and collectors. Disney also supplies special model sheets for manufacturers who want to make products based on their characters. We hope you enjoy these examples of this form of animation art. Hung on a wall, they can add a smile to any room. Or you can join those of us who simply love to collect them just for the pleasure of owning something so close to the creation of our favorite Disney characters.
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Today we digitized some wonderful Disney model sheets. For more model sheets, see… Reluctant Dragon and Pinocchio Model Sheets, Two Disney Concept Artists and Mice and Duck Model Sheets.
Those of you who are taking the $100,000 Animation Drawing Course will find these model sheets useful for practicing your exercises.
These original production photostatic model sheets are available for sale by Van Eaton Galleries for $50 apiece. If you decide to add any of them to your collection, tell the folks at the Van Eaton Galleries that Animation Resources referred you, and they will donate a portion of your purchase price to Animation Resources.
For more Disney model sheets, see… Reluctant Dragon and Pinocchio Model Sheets, Two Disney Concept Artists and Mice and Duck Model Sheets
This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 1:23 PM and is filed under disney, model sheet.
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Not to be confused with ModelSheet Software LLC.
In visual arts, a model sheet, also known as a character board, character sheet, character study or simply a study, is a document used to help standardize the appearance, poses, and gestures of a character in arts such as animation, comics, and video games.
Model sheets are required when multiple artists are involved in the production of an animated film, game, or comic to help maintain continuity in characters from scene to scene. In animation, one animator may only do one shot out of the several hundred that are required to complete an animated feature film. A character not drawn according to the production's standardized model is referred to as off-model.
Model sheets are also used for references in 3D modeling to guide proper proportions of models.
Model sheets have also been used in the past to maintain graphic continuity over the years for long lasting cartoon productions of short or short features such as the Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies series.
Model sheets are drawings of posed cartoon or comic strip characters that are created to provide a reference template for several artists who collaborate in the production of a lengthy or multiple-edition work of art such as a comic book, animated film or television series. Model sheets usually depict the character's head and body as they appear at various angles (a process known as "model rotation"), includes sketches of the character's hands and feet, and shows several basic facial expressions.
Model sheets ensure that, despite the efforts of several or many artists, their work exhibits unity, as if one artist created the drawings (that is, they are "on model"). They show the character's structure, proportions, attire, and body language. Often, several sheets are required to depict a character's subtler emotional and physical attitudes.
Depending on the whim of animation direction, deviations from the model may be permitted in the course of final animation; this "tightness" of model is a major distinguishing factor in overall animation style, as it constitutes a tradeoff between expressiveness and smoothness/consistency. As such, the usage of models varies widely between studios and projects.
Model sheets can also be used in the construction of costumes or sculpted figurines.
Model sheets also provide notes that present specific information about how to develop particular features of the character, such as his or her head shape, hair length and style, size and position of the eyes and the mouth.
Some model sheets are specific to particular completed or ongoing projects, whereas others are more general and inclusive of a studio's entire collection of characters. Animation studios besides Disney and fans also post model sheets on their Internet Web sites. Larry's Toon Institute provides a generic model sheet for the purpose of introducing the concept of model sheets.
Copyright and fair use
Model sheets are not typically in the public domain, but are copyrighted material owned by the animation studio which created it.
Although model sheets originally are intended for artists who work for the studios that own the characters for which these templates are developed, other artists, such as those who create fan art, profit from them by adapting their characters to their own uses.
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