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Pencil Test Depot

October 7, 2009

I’m a huge fan of pencil tests.  No, a pencil test isn’t something that measures the qualities of a pencil. A pencil test is the raw artistic performance of an animator before any assistant takes hold of it.  The value in a pencil test is to observe how an animator thinks.

Only the most important elements, the irreducible story telling gestures and movements, are drawn.  It’s like stripping away the visual candy of finish, color and effects to see deeply into the heart and soul of an animator.  Sometimes that glimpse isn’t very valuable at all. But when the animator is a master of story and performance, the pencil test is far better in rough sketch than it is when clothed in complete artistic finish.

Given this truth, the Pencil Test Depot is a gem of a resource for animation appreciation.

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