Today I had the pleasure of hearing from Rune Bennicke, who's great model sheet of Little Feather (from the never completed "My People's" ) I posted a few weeks ago. Rune included a couple of copies of clean up model sheets I did for one of the characters he animated in "Brother Bear" , Koda's Mom , and suggested I post them here. These sheets are my clean up drawings , attempting to retain the powerful, primal quality in Rune's beautiful rough animation of Koda's Mom. The idea was to not treat it as simply a "clean up" line in the customary modern sense of putting down a pretty, closed-off, no gaps line ; rather we tried to take an organic , rougher line approach to keep the big mother bear looking like a true force of nature as in the rough animation. It was a great assignment and I'm thankful to Rune for trusting me with this character , and also his more comical , anthropomorphic bear character, Tug .
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It was a challenge drawing all that fur detail , the overlap, etc., and in most cases each drawing was different , no straight inbetweens ... of course, when it came time to be color-modeled they painted the character really dark for most scenes, so most of that fur detail got lost , but I like to think that the audience "feels" it being there , whether it's immediately obivous or not ( or am I fooling myself and I did a lot of extra work for nothing ... ? I don't care , it was fun to draw it that way. )