Friday, December 30, 2011

Week 22 - The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical family film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, inspired in part by E. D. Baker's novel The Frog Princess, which was in turn inspired by the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "The Frog Prince". The film opened in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on November 25, 2009, and in wide release by Walt Disney Pictures on December 11, 2009. It is the 49th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics line and the first of these films to be traditionally animated since 2004's Home on the Range. The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, directors of The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet, with songs and score composed by Randy Newman.The Princess and the Frog, which began production under the working title The Frog Princess, is an American fairy tale, a Broadway-style musical set in, and around New Orleans, Louisiana at the height of the Roaring Twenties.

I have to admit, I really was a little skeptical before this movie came out- just because I didn't think it looked that interesting. I thought that setting a fairy-tale in a roaring twenties New Orleans was a dumb idea. Well you should have seen how fast I changed my mind. The animation  in this movie is gorgeous- especially the voodoo scene in the beginning of the film. I've been watching this movie nonstop since it came to Netflix, and then my dvd ever since they took it off. For that reason I put a lot of effort in this one, and I love how it turned out. Keep in mind, it IS only a sketch, but I still think it looks awesome!

The Princess and the Frog © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Week 21 - A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer animated adventure comedy film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States on November 25, 1998. Directed by John Lasseter, the film is the second Disney-Pixar feature film after Toy Story, and the third American computer-animated film after Toy Story and DreamWorks' Antz. Based on Akira Kurosawa's film Seven Samurai, and Aesop's fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper", it tells the tale of an oddball individualist inventor ant named Flik who hires what he thinks are "warrior bugs" — actually circus performers — to fight off a small band of grasshoppers who have made the ant colony their servants. The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success.

I love this one! I think I did a great job on the title, and I'm definitely getting better at each Disney style- each artist's style, that is. I'll really try to get next week's done on time- it's The Princess and the Frog!

A Bug's Life © Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Week 20 - Dumbo

Dumbo is a 1941 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. The fourth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, Dumbo is based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson and illustrated by Harold Pearl for the prototype of a novelty toy ("Roll-a-Book"). The main character is Jumbo Jr., a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed "Dumbo". He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in fact he is capable of flying by using his ears as wings. Throughout most of the film, his only true friend, aside from his mother, is the mouse, Timothy — a relationship parodying the stereotypical animosity between mice and elephants.

Yes, I know this one is late- and I don't have any excuse for it this time, lol. Just forgive me and let me try to promise and make the rest on time!

Dumbo © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Week 19 - Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 American computer-animated family film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 30, 2007. The forty-seventh animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, the film was released in both the United States and the United Kingdom in standard and Disney Digital 3-D versions in the United States. Its standard version in the UK on March 30, 2007. The film is based on the book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, by William Joyce. The film originally had the same title as the book. The voice cast includes Jordan Fry, Harland Williams, Tom Kenny, Steve Anderson, Laurie Metcalf, Adam West, Tom Selleck& Angela Bassett. It was released on DVD-Video and Blu-ray on October 23, 2007.

Another late post, another stressful week. I don't really have too much to say this week- I almost skipped this week's drawing actually, because my grandmother passed away last Friday. But I know she wouldn't want me to fall into a slump, so here's week number 19.

Meet the Robinsons © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week 18 - TRON Legacy

Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Steven Lisberger. It is a sequel to the 1982 film Tron with Jeff Bridges reprising his roles as Kevin Flynn and CLU, while Bruce Boxleitner reprises his roles as Alan Bradley and Tron. Garrett Hedlund portrays Flynn's adult son, Sam. The other cast members include Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen, and James Frain. The film's soundtrack was composed by the electronic music duo Daft Punk. The film grossed over $400 million worldwide.

Ever since this movie came to Netflix, it instantly went to the top of my favorite live-action Disney films. I really love this movie. Of course, I've never seen the original, but this cast, music, story, and special effects in this movie got me totally hooked on. I don't think my drawing does it that much justice , though lol.

TRON: Legacy © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, November 25, 2011

Week 17 - Cinderella

Cinderella is a 1950 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault. Twelfth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film had a limited release on February 15, 1950 by RKO Radio Pictures. Directing credits go to Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson. Songs were written by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman. Songs in the film include "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes", "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo", "So This Is Love", "Sing Sweet Nightingale", "The Work Song", and "Cinderella".

Wow, even I suprised myself a bit with this one! I started this right after Tarzan, so I thought I might get tired of drawing halfway through. But I guess I sort of got myself on a roll, since I took a lot of time doing this one's background. In case you're wondering, it's supposed to be a part of the ballroom where Cinderella first dances with Prince Charming in the film. Such a pretty scene!

Tarzan © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Week 16 - Tarzan

Tarzan is a 1999 American animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 18. The thirty-seventh film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is the only major motion picture version of the story Tarzan property to be animated.
It was the last bona fide hit before the Disney slump of the early 2000s grossing $171,091,819 domestically and $448,191,819 worldwide, outgrossing its predecessors Hercules (1997) and Mulan (1998). To date, it is the last film based on the character Tarzan to have had a theatrical release. At the time of its release, its production budget of $130 million made it the most expensive animated film ever made, until topped by Disney's own $140 million Treasure Planet in 2002. It was also the first Disney animated feature to open at #1 since Pocahontas. This was the last major box office success of the Disney Renaissance.
So this one was really late... I feel bad, even though I know not many people have interest in my blog, because I feel that I have a... responsibility to finish these blogs on time. Especially since my Disney savings money had to be spent on the new car :c I know we're still going, but I was on such a roll...

Tarzan © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sorry I'm Late!

Okay, so any of you that follow my blog may have realized there was no post last weekend.

 I'm so sorry that it got this late, but I totally lost track of time! Before I knew it, it was already Wednesday, so I decided to just leave Tarzan for this weekend, along with this week's post, Cinderella.

Right now I'm working on the first drawing, so either tonight or early tomorrow I'll have them both up. Please be patient with me- it's been a rough couple of weeks!

                                               With love, 
                                                           CircuitGirl <3

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Week 15 - The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the film was originally released to theaters on November 14, 1989 and is the twenty-eighth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and the first of the Disney Renaissance. During its initial release, The Little Mermaid earned $84 million in North American box office revenue, and has to date earned $211 million in total lifetime gross. After the success of the 1988 Disney/Amblin film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid is given credit for breathing life back into the art of animated feature films after a string of critical or commercial failures that dated back to the early 1980s. It also marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance.

This week has definitely been a better one for me. For those of you who follow the blog or watch my dA account, you'll be happy to hear that I finally got a new car! It took almost 2 weeks, but we found one. It's not brand new or anything, but it's in really really good condition. So because I'm in a much better mood, I decided to put a lot more effort into the WDM this week. Ariel is my favorite of the Disney princesses, so I tried to draw her as best I could. 

Next week's movie is Tarzan, so keep a look out!

The Little Mermaid © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Week 14 - Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet is a 2002 animated science fiction film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 27, 2002. The 43rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, the film is a science fiction adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel Treasure Island and was the first film to be released simultaneously in regular and IMAX theaters. The film employs a novel technique of hand-drawn 2D traditional animation set atop 3D computer animation.

This week's isn't too detailed- if you checked my dA journal, you know that my car was stolen, so I've been pretty distracted this week :/

Next week is The Little Mermaid- my favorite Disney princess!

Treasure Planet © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Monday, October 31, 2011

Week 13 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-noir film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film combines live action and animation, and is based on Gary K. Wolf's novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, which depicts a world in which cartoon characters interact directly with human beings. Who Framed Roger Rabbit stars Bob Hoskins as a private detective who investigates a murder involving the famous cartoon character, Roger Rabbit. Walt Disney Pictures purchased the film rights to the story in 1981. Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman wrote two drafts of the script before Disney brought in Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment to help finance the film. Zemeckis was hired to direct the live-action scenes with Richard Williams overseeing animation sequences.

I'm really sorry this week's was late everyone! I've had a lot going on this past week, and I didn't have time until now to do week 13. Ironically, week 13 was the bad luck week (who knew?), but it turned out to be good luck in the end ^_^ so everything's fine now!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, October 21, 2011

Week 12 - Lilo & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on June 21, 2002. The 42nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, and features the voices of Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Jason Scott Lee, and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three Disney animated features produced primarily at the Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida studio located at Walt Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. Lilo & Stitch was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, which ultimately went to Hayao Miyazaki's film, Spirited Away, also distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

Lilo and Stitch! I had a hard time with this one, I'll have to admit. Chris Sanders's style is a difficult one to mimic, but I still think Lilo turned out really well (not so much for Stitch, lol).

Lilo & Stitch © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, October 14, 2011

Week 11 - One Hundred and One Dalmations

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often abbreviated as 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. Seventeenth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film was originally released to theaters on January 25, 1961 by Buena Vista Distribution. The film features Rod Taylor as the voice of Pongo, the first of the Dalmatians, and Betty Lou Gerson as the voice of the villainous Cruella de Vil. The plot centers on the fate of the kidnapped puppies of Pongo and Perdita.

I have to say I can't remember the last time I watched this movie haha except that it was probably when I was REALLY little. From childhood memories I know I liked the live-action movie just a smidge more c: But this is still a great movie- my favorite quote is "A HUNDRED AND ONE!" *facepalm* Also, I've been adding a lot of villains to my sketches, haha. I guess I just really like drawing them :3

101 Dalmations © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, October 7, 2011

Week 10 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the first science-fiction and 41st entry to the Disney animated features canon. The sci-fi action film was written by Tab Murphy, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and produced by Don Hahn. Set in 1914, the film tells the story of a young linguist who gains possession of a sacred book which he believes will guide him to the lost city of Atlantis. He is enlisted by a band of archaeologists, excavators and mercenaries who also want to find the city, but their leader plans to sabotage the mission, in order to take the profit for himself.

Atlantis is probably my favorite non-princess Disney movie. I love the time period, and ever since I was little I've had a crush on little nerdy Milo! This week is week number ten, and a year from today I'll be at the airport waiting to go to Disney World!

Atlantis: The Lost Empire © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, September 30, 2011

Week 9 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated film based on Snow White, a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It was the first full-length cel-animated feature in motion picture history, as well as the first animated feature film produced in America, the first produced in full color, the first to be produced by Walt Disney and Walt Disney Productions, and the first in the Walt Disney Animated Classics canon.

Week number nine! I'm happy I finally get to do another Disney Princess! I feel like I'm slowly getting better at these sketches, quality and layout-wise c:

Next Week is Atlantis!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Week 8 - Dinosaur

Dinosaur is a 2000 American computer-animated film (with live-action backgrounds) produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 19, 2000. At officially $130 million, it was the most expensive theatrical movie release of the year. This was Disney's 39th animated feature.

Okay, I had a little bit of help from my husband with this one. He's my expert dino artist, so he sort of did a quick sketch for Aladar's pose, while I went back over it again and added detail to it. I've always loved Dinosaur- I never actually realized when I was a kid how most of the movie was shot live (they added the dinosaurs in afterwards). 

Dinosaur © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Friday, September 16, 2011

Week 7 - The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove (2000) is an American animated filmproduced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures through Buena Vista Distribution on December 15, 2000. It is the 40th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The title refers to the Danish fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, though the two have little else in common. A comedy produced by Randy Fullmer and directed byMark Dindal, The Emperor's New Groove was altered significantly over six years of development and production from its original concept as a more traditional Disney musical entitled Kingdom of the Sun, to have been directed by Dindal and Roger Allers (co-director ofThe Lion King).

Yes! I loved this movie when it came out, and I still do- it's so funny! I admit this one was a little tough- the style was I think made to look like mayan carvings, so everything's angular (whereas my art is really curvy, lol). Still, I really liked how it turned out, especially the logo. And let me tell you, Yzma is DIFFICULT to get down, haha. I kept re-drawing her so that she'd actually look like herself and not just a wrinkly old fruit c:

The Emperor's New Groove © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Week 6 - Toy Story

My first Pixar movie sketch! I know they don't look exactly like our favorite plastic heroes, but remember, this movie was done in CGI, not 2D, so it was harder to draw (please forgive me!). By the way, this is the scene from Toy Story 2 right before Woody's arm rips- but it still counts for Toy Story! ( I won't be doing a drawing for any sequels, hehe)

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated film released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is Pixar's first feature film as well as the first ever feature film to be made entirely with CGI. The film was directed by John Lasseter and featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. It was written by Lasseter, Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, and featured music by Randy Newman.Toy Story follows a group of toys who pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present, and focuses on Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll (Hanks), and Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut action figure (Allen).

Toy Story © Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Week 5 - Pete's Dragon

     Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions and the first Disney film to be recorded in theDolby Stereo sound system. It is a live-action film but its title character, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story is about a young orphan named Pete who enters the fictional town of Passamaquoddy a small fishing community in Northeastern Maine in the early 20th century. His only friend is a dragon named Elliott, who also acts as his protector.

Okay, so this week I decided to just draw from a reference pic, since most of the film was just live-action. I really didn't want to draw Pete, mainly because the blog was only supposed to be animated films (I had to include Pete's Dragon because I loved it as a kid, and technically it is animated, if only partly). I feel like I cheated by looking at actual art from the movie, but again I was rushing this week- I find that rushing is a good thing, since it means my weeks are going by fast until the trip.

Pete's Dragon © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week 4 - Hercules

Hercules is a 1997 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The thirty-fifth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The film is based on the legendary Greek mythology hero Heracles (known in the film by his Roman name, Hercules), the son of Zeus, in Greek mythology.

I wanted to add a lot more to this pic, but I actually ended up rushing it, and Meg and Phil wouldn't fit :c But I still really like the way it turned out!

Hercules © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Week 3 - Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the fairy tale "La Belle au bois dormant" byCharles Perrault. It was released to theatres on January 29, 1959 by Buena Vista Distribution.

So, starting this week, I thought I'd do the rest of my pics in the actual style of their movie. Not only will it look more authentic and recognizable if it's drawn like the movie is, it also gives me practice in the various Disney artists' styles.

Sleeping Beauty © Walt Disney Pictures
Artwork © CircuitGirl

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 2 - Oliver and Company

Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated film in which a homeless kitten named Oliver joins a gang of dogs to survive on the 1980s New York City streets. The film was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and became the twenty-seventh animated feature released in the Walt Disney Animated Classics seriesThe film is inspired by Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, which has been adapted many other times for the screen. In this version, Oliver is a cat, Fagin's gang is made up of dogs (one of which is Dodger), and Sikes is a loan shark.

Let me start out by saying that I NEVER draw animals, lol. Although I'm kind of proud of my first attempt, I know there are tons of artists that can draw better Disney-style dogs than me. So please don't be rude and tell me what I already know, lol.

All movies and characters shown are © Walt Disney Company
Artwork © Ashley Barrera

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Week 1 - Aladdin

     I decided to post a day early this week, since I finished this up on Tuesday.

     Disney's Aladdin (1992). My favorite character was always the magic carpet (for some reason he reminded me of my dog when I was a kid) so I had to add him in to the picture. Aladdin was the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and was part of the Disney film era known as the Disney Renaissance. The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, and is based on the Arab folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights.

     Next week is Oliver and Company!

All movies and characters shown are © Walt Disney Company
Artwork © Ashley Barrera

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Time to get Started!

Hello everyone!

My name's Ashley and I'm aspiring Disney animation artist. I'm planning a trip to Disney World soon, and I thought that in order to pass the time until my trip, I should have a little fun!

My goal is basically this: I've made a list of my 60 favorite Disney movies (which is just about all of them), scrambled them up, and assigned them numbers. Every week until my trip, I'm going to draw/sketch characters from the movie for that week. Sounds fun, right?

I'll probably start my posts on Saturdays, since I'll have until the end of the week to finish them. So if you're reading this, check back in on Saturday, 8/6. Or even better yet, subscribe! Blogger has a nifty little thing that lets you subscribe through email.