Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Not many stories to tell here. Those of you who pay attention might remember, that we agreed to base Kerchak on a square, which is , why you will find many straight lines and angles in the sketches. The rest was work and patience till you find the right balance and attitude.
Since Clayton, our real villain, enters the movie pretty late, we had to sell Kerchak as the villain of the first act. But actually he is just an austere father, trying to protect his tribe.
Bottom: The marvellous maquette by Kent Melton and my favorite toy from an Italian "Wundert├╝te" (Uli, help me here, what's a wundert├╝te in english ????????)

Oh yes, I almost forgot, there is a story to tell after all. Some years ago, I met Bay Raitt, the guy who is responsible for Gollum's face animation in "Lord Of The Rings", we met in the speaker's room at the 3d-Festival in Kopenhagen, we talked a bit and he said, that he had been looking at the wrinkles on Kerchak's nose as reference for Gollum. That was quite a kick, since I admire his work very much."Yes , we do, precioussssssssssss......"


Shawn Escott said...

Terrific sketches!

Benjamin De Schrijver said...

Wonderful work! Love it! There's so much attitude in those faces! It's especially nice to see them now, right after watching Tarzan on my new big television screen :-P

Can't wait for what you're gonna post next!

Boris Hiestand said...

as always amazing posts. Your designs are so well suited for animation- very traditional, and yet they always look fresh and original.

Sandra Khoo said...

I love your attention to details, it really shows in your sketches. ^^

Uli Meyer said...

Hi Harald. The English word for 'Wundertuete' is 'Lucky Bags'.
Great drawings Herr Siepermann.

HaraldSiepermann said...

Thanks, Herr Meyer

TANYA LYON said...

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! It means alot comming from a great artist like you!

I'll defenetly add you to my list of must see blogs!

Patrick Morgan said...


Dik Pose said...

Great! I love gorillas! :)

Kerchak was a perfect design, I remember seeing the design for the first time and thinking "THAT is what a dominant silverback is supposed to feel like!" Thank you for posting...

HaraldSiepermann said...

Thank you all for your nice comments.H,

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