Milt's Merlin

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.

On my drawing table this morning. Milt Kahl's wonderful, Merlin the Magician.

On my drawing table this morning. Milt Kahl's wonderful, Merlin the Magician.