Sketching Winnie the Pooh

Okay, so it’s not really Winnie the Pooh. At least, not the Pooh you would initially think of.

I sketched this without any thought or direction as to where it was heading. In fact, I drew the head first and then just figured it’d look funny if he had an enormous body. To give it a sense of scale I drew the Christmas tree 🙂

I’ve always sketched Disney characters and even those that Disney adopted. I’m a huge fan of the original E.H. Shephard original drawings for Winnie the Pooh but there’s something about the art style of the Disney studios around the time of the Winnie the Pooh adventures that grips me.

Artists like Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas and the rest of the 9 old men that formed such a great core to the animation team have always inspired. There’s a real charm for me in the original, loose concept sketches and model sheets. Check this link out for a fine example of Milt Kahl’s character sketching.

This sketch, like most of my colour sketches, was achieved with Corel Painter 2019 on an iMac with a Wacom Cintiq. The ‘brushes’ I used were a Real 6B Pencil and a Light Fringe watercolour brush. They may have been modified a little but not much.

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