Here we are some thumbanils, which are the preview drawings that I always made before draw an animation scene. Milt Kahl was the great master: if he had a scene that the character was lying on the bed, for exemple, he drew him with the left arm on the stomach, and in other drawing, with the left arm on the head, and, other, left arm on the bed, and etc, ad infinitum, untill find out his pose. When he had a character pose that he liked, and was expressive enough to catch the audience for some minutes, then he put this pose on the real size, in the final sheet, in the layout. "Dick" Williams made up it when saw Frank Thomas draw only one pose for the cat in Alice in Wonderland: that was his key pose!
On the other hand, Eric Goldberg said he don't work with thumbnails... God! And he's, nowadays, one of the best cartoon animators in the world! Observe the Alladin's Genius, the Hercoles' mentor Phill, or the recent Princess and the Frog´s Alligator: any word is enough to describe it!
Each person made the process how it works better, in a more pleasure way. I'm not one of the great ones (yet, hehe), but I try to follow their examples. In this case, the Kahl's example works better for me. =)
After weeks of work, I finished the preview scene of the character who I was developing and showing in this blog: Don Quixote. That's a little sketch scene for the movie that I've started to think while I'm not working.
Being after the greatest Disney's masters, like Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and the others, I tried to make this scene visually beautiful and, in the Disney's words, with the illusion of life. However, not only these animator professors, but also Richard Williams, who in his book said "Gestures are stroger than words". That's is the master key for the animation. Therefore, Quixote points our eyes out to the noise, before speak "There is a giant there!". Without the sentence, we could guess that something was not on the right track. Chuck jones said that it was the difference between animation and, what he called, illustrated radio: if you turn off the image, and understand what happens, only listening to it, it's an illustrated radio, but, if you turn off the sound and make out the story,that's animaton. Maybe the illustrated radio, nowadays, could be called TV; but I do made the monolog to take over the lip sync techniques, only for this.
Yes, I studied the russian master actor, Constantin Stanislavski, but I coundn't make a good voice in it. As he said, his methodology is not a recipe. I'm sorry; I annouce you before hear this: that's not a professional actor's voice, and I hope you enjoy the animation... visually! Take easy! I spoke only in that rough animation; I'll not try to do it again. =P
PS.: It's in the youtube too, if you want to watch in a bigger screen