Monday, August 13, 2012


The first version of How to Train Your Dragon was very faithful to the book; Hiccup was young, Toothless was small and the dragons talked.  That's right, they talked.  Here's some more exploratory sketches based on this early take on the characters/world.  The dragon/viking pages were drawn with pen and water soluble colored pencils. The moments with Hiccup and Toothless and the Green Death were drawn and colored in Photoshop on a cintiq. Fun times!



  1. Great stuff.
    I like how sketchy the boards are Yet all is there. I find I battle the sketchy verses clean all the time. My history is that of a classical animator and it's like I change gears when tightening boards for viewing. I lose the life in the sketch.
    Keep up the great work. Thanks for Posting.

    1. Thanks Joe. I gave up the clean up battle when I got out of doing clean-up animation years ago. I concentrate on clarity and content and don't worry about how rendered the boards are. I've shown sequences that would be considered super sketchy first passes in exec pitches that went over better than the sequences that were rendered to death. For portfolios, yeah it's a whole other ball game, but for day to day boarding, the ideas and their clarity is king. I've got some postings coming up for Rise of the Guardians that illustrate that point. Thanks for checking out the blog!