Learning From the Best

Posted by Mark in Mark's Sketchbook

Okay, disclaimer: This is another blink and you’ll miss it animation, and I didn’t even animate it myself! But I wanted to study a Bob Clampett cartoon frame by frame, and applied 15 frames of his animation to my own character.

When I was a kid I would have killed to be able to study animation frame by frame. I think Clampett cartoons are the closest to what I’m trying to achieve, and the flexibility and distortion of his characters would be impossible to do with today’s standard cutout-style animation. As you can see here, when a character in a Clampett cartoon moves, he doesn’t just float from point A to point B; in fact, within the 15 frames (about two thirds of a second), the only drawing elements I could trace over (since they don’t move or deform) were Sam’s toes.



  1. Sister

    So neat!!!!

  2. Chicky II

    Wow …….. how cool is that!!Amazing that you were able to incorporate Sam into that cartoon!

  3. georgiann

    I think you are a true cartoonist…you seem to really understand the art so much and the history. This is very obvious in your work.