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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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32 Using a Simple (But Logical) Approach to Drapery

The draped figure will be one of the many problems that will follow you like a heel fly throughout your career. The best thing for you to do (to keep your sanity) is strive to handle it in the simplest way possible. This is not to suggest simplicity is easy — just less frustrating. Think of the character as the star of the scene, and the garment as a subordinate actor chosen to make the star look good. The director of a stage play does not have to plan action for drapery, what the actor does will take care of it. But you as an animator must do just that. You have to act out the character’s role, plus the costume’s, which should be done in such a way as to compliment the action of the actor. ...

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