Sunday, March 05, 2006

Final TARZAN post

Just to complete the Tarzan-posts, I'll send you home with some misc-characters of the film. I kept getting "shopping-lists" like "We need three hippos, four chameleons, one marabu and a couple of termites". That kinda thing. I remember doing hundreds of drawings of apes and all kinds of animals, even of those that you won't find in Africa. I remember walking past a comparative- sizes-line-up of misc. apes that stretched through the whole lenght of the hallway in the feature-animation-building.

Lord Greystoke, Tarzan's father, based on Glen Kean's design of Tarzan.

I'd have loved to do the ship's crew, as well, but they wouldn't let me do it for reasons, that I will not go into. Anyway, I didn't get any further than this little watercolor for the captain of the ship.

We had three reaccuring apes that accompanied Tarzan through the different ages, we called them Larry, Curley and Moe.
Lets say, below, this is Moe, -I don't really remember-, growing up alongside Tarzan.

When we started with the project, we had the idea to turn the usual principle around and associsate the "good ones", the apes, with dark and curvy elements, and the humany with light and straight lines.
SABOR was to be the only character that would fall out of this principle, he was supposed to come from the very dark, you were never supposed to see him entirely.
The directors had planned to do his fur in CG, very much alike to the "deep canvas" process and the jungle, but that didn't wor out and eventually Sabor was done the traditionall way.

Toukans, you'll only find them in South America.

It didn't get any smaller than this, I also did a cheaper version with just 4 legs.

One of those lists I talked about.

That's about it, really, hope you enjoyed it.
And my belated thanks and apologies for all those I didn't mention.
Now off you go and enjoy the oscars, Cheers, H.


Boris Hiestand said...

lord Greystoke, those apes- these are FANTASTIC drawings! great post

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Hammy said...

Beautiful, really inspringing! I would have wonder how they will want to do Sabor's fur in CG as well. Tarzan has been one of my top favourites from Disney. Thanks for sharing, these are so much fun to see!

A. Riabovitchev said...

Beautiful post!a nice how-d'ye-do!, a pretty kettle of fish !

Lubomir said...

Thank's a lot Harald!

Unknown said...

WOW!! Great to see these development arts!

Dave James said...

These are a HOOT to see! Awesome sketches.

Thanks for sharing.

Christophe said...

Very, very interesting, as always ! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

jeeez! I really like the colored tarzan's father, I love the expression of the eyes together with the mouth...
brings a bigger than life dimension to the design

willipino said...

really great drawings! love the baby gorillas.

Jenny Lerew said...

All beautiful! My eyes are happy. Thanks!

Dibumac said...

thanks a lot for showing these works.
A guy like me gets really inspired by this kind of sketches : )

Matt Jones said...

Fabulous post - the pygmy hippo & the leopard are stand-outs for me -

David Colman said...

thank you so much for sharing..I am such a fan of the character designs in Tarzan... great seeing where the development came from...

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