I like this image because it has a nice feeling, but also because it was part of my exploration of the island. In this drawing, Lilo uses a culvert to cross a highway and make it to the beach.
I thought this image never made it to the film, but it did. When talking to Armand Serrano, he showed me how he translated my image to make it work for one of the music numbers. Armand Serrano will be posting his version of this image soon. Also, this image did make it to one of the Disney books, but they printed the image really light and put text all over the top of it. So, here it for your viewing pleasure without obstruction. This is a prime example of my visual exploration and development of a subject.
This image was drawn with graphite on white Bienfang ledger paper. The paper has a plate finish (smooth) and takes the graphite really well. You can compare this drawing to the other Lilo & Stitch blog entry to see the difference between my use of graphite and paper, verses Prisma pencil and vellum. The other Lilo & Stitch image I’m referring to is called, “Barbershop.”
Usually, after I thumbnail my ideas out, I make a decision as to which medium would work best for that particular image.
The trick to drawing on this paper with graphite is using a soft lead pencil … but not too soft. My pencils range from HB (the hardest lead) to 4B (the softest lead). Any softer and it won’t stay on the paper without moving around and getting everything messy, and the harder lead pencils simply won’t show up on the paper.
Note all the framing and compositional techniques in this image. Can you spot them?