No blog post today because I was making the rounds at Golden Oaks Ranch. I won’t say anymore about this special location, but I’m sure you Disney geeks know what I’m talking about. In any case, it was a beautiful day and I considered doing a blog posting. After all, we still have an Internet connection at the ranch. However, I simply didn’t have time to sit down and write, so this will have to do for today.
Before leaving for Golden Oaks this morning, I did manage to whip out this quick color sketch of one of my Disney favorites. This is Merlin from Walt Disney’s The Sword in the Stone. This Disney character holds a special place in my heart because I worked start to finish on this Disney movie. Plus, my directing animator on the film was the legendary, Milt Kahl. Being one of Milt’s assistants can be a daunting task and I honestly didn’t know if I had the chops for the gig. After being on the film a few weeks I noticed the master animator hadn’t kicked me off the crew yet, so I decided to continue on. Soon, two years had passed, and I was still drawing Merlin, Wart and Madame Mim. Down the hall, Milt Kahl was laughing his head off while viewing his own animation on the Moviola. Since Milt seemed happy I decided I must be doing okay.
I hope you like my sketch of Merlin from the nineteen sixties when I was still a green young kid trying to learn animation. Merlin was always a fun character to draw and to prove that I decided to sketch him this morning. Hope you like it.