Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Disney's "Tangled" Character Design Development.

Once "Rapunzel", then "Rapunzel Unbraided", and now "Tangled", Disney's 50th animated Feature film, set for release November 28th, has gone through many changes throughout it's years in development. One thing that hasn't changed much, though, is the artistic influence of two artists in particular. One was the French Rococo painter Jean-Honorer Fragonard, specifically one of his best known works; “The Swing” which inspired the lush fairy tale world that Rapunzel inhabits. The second is animation legend Glen Keane, who was the original driving force behind the film. Glen's masterfully solid, appealing, expressive and  passionate animation and drawings are admired across the globe. He is currently being honored with a gallery exhibit in Paris and is touring with a retrospective of Disney Art in Australia. Below are just a few of Glen's character designs for Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and Mother Gothel, along with a glimpse of other visual development art for the film. More of these images can be found in the newly released book "The Art of Tangled":

Early concept art:




Glen Keane's drawings:


Final character:




Flynn Rider (Students: keep these expression sheets in mind when doing your final projects!):


Final Character:



Mother Gothel:

  Final Character:



A few other character designs. Who are they? You'll have to see the film to find out!






66 comments:

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  2. Thanks Paul! I wish that I could show you more, but this will have to do until the release.

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  3. I really want to visit the place.
    these films are really great.
    appreciate a lot.

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  4. This is just fantastic reference! I can't wait to pick up The Art of Tangled book and to see the film.

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  5. These are great sheets Jennifer. Thanks for the post, and thanks for the blog. Really amazing posts on here!

    Jeremy

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  6. Thanks Jeremy, I hope that all is going well for you and the family!

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  7. Wonderful post, Jennifer. I love all your insights.

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  8. Thank you for posting this, I have not bought the book but have been sketching and sketching and sketching Rapunzel and Flynn nonstop and these really helped me. I believe I've grasped their basic facial structures.

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  9. Ito, the book is well worth the investment. These samples that I've posted are only just a taste of some of the remarkable and inspiring artwork that can be found inside "The Art of Disney's Tangled". I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in character design or visual development.

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  10. ...urm... the art work on this post is awesome and Glen Keane is awesome but according to the art book a lot of these aren't Glen Keane's drawings they're actually Jin Kim's.

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  11. I remember about 6 years ago, I saw the very first picture in my Time for Kids magazine during school. was the movie worth the wait? YES!

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  12. You're right Mizzi; the drawings of Rapunzel are Glen's, the drawings of Flynn and mother Gothel are Jin's.

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  13. thanks for this art work.....really this movie is awesome.......

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  15. Wow! Really stuff here. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Great post about Tangled. I missed the movie, but the post has gotten me interested in seeing it.

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