I’ve been off my edge recently. I find it amazing that with drawing, at least this is true for me, I can suffer through crappy drawings for days, and then suddenly get a moment of inspiration where I just get it. Usually this lasts about thirty minutes, and I’ll crack out the best drawings of my life. Then it goes away. That’s the last week and a half in a nut shell. I live for those thirty minutes. You’d better not interrupt me when I’m in one of those moments either!
I’ve recently read, “The Animation Art of Friz Freleng,” as he’s the one WB director I knew the least about. Now I know more about him than any other, save Chuck Jones. During the process I discovered Hawley Pratt, and he quickly shot up into the ranks of my favorite draftsman of all time. Hawley’s one of those artists like Marc Davis, Bill Peet, or Freddie Moore that draw with a facility that foolishly leads you to believe that what they are doing is extremely easy to do. Then when you try and do it, you realize just how amazing they are. Here’s some of Hawley’s work scanned from the above mentioned book. If anyone has any Hawley Pratt work they would be kind enough to share with me, please comment!
Hawley directed, The Lorax, a remake of which was recently announced to be in production. Watch the original below: