Freddie Moore Mickey Studies
I grabbed this Freddie Moore model sheet off of the blog of a talented, local Toronto board artist, Warren Leonhardt. My ‘drawing juices’ started to flow again after seeing the unfinished Disney short ‘Plight of the Bumblebee’ from which these poses originated from. ( I would link to the short for those that haven’t had the privilege of watching it yet but the Disney brass have already removed it from the internet.)
Today I decided to learn from the greats by reproducing a couple of poses as closely as possible. Trying to give my eyes and analytical abilities a workout.
I started to work out the main forms first and then as I went back over the rough to start adding his expression I realized that Mickey’s face was turned towards the viewer too much. I also toned down his lean forward. The original drawing has his head lower, closer to the ground. There are also a few other inconsistencies that I noticed so I decided to go over the drawing again to correct the mistakes before tying everything down.
This is my 2nd attempt right over top of the original. I tried to correct the problems I noted above but I still didn’t get his head low enough. I keep over inflating parts of him too, his hat, ear, chest, and butt are all a bit too big.The differences are really obvious when the drawings are flipped together. It’s close but I’ve shifted a lot of the subtle forms and shapes. I guess I’ll keep practicing! Mickey has some tricky proportions that you have to maintain for him to stay appealing.