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The River Styx

We have to reach back to 2002 for this one. The date says 2003, but I remember it was drawn while I was still living in Utah, thereby making it between 1997 - 2002. By the end of 2002, I had moved back to California.

This drawing is graphite pencil on bond paper. I probably added the slight blur on the foreground element in 2003, hence the later date on the drawing. I guess it's now a mix between traditional and digital. Normally, I would have drawn the blur.

I think that computers have certainly been a benefit to the industry of animation, but that's not to say that it didn't come without a cost. I don't know that there are many people left who can still draw backgrounds on paper as they did during the golden age of animation.


Bob Nelson said...

This looks great! I love how the composition criss-crosses, reinforcing the maze idea.

It is unfortunate that the needs of efficiency and cost-cutting push out the craftsmanship of traditional techniques so much. I'm always delighted when you open the Vignali Vaults and share your amazing work with us.

Ted Blackman said...

Nice looking BG!

Andrea Pucci said...

So beautiful layout!