Pencil Tests

March 4th, 2007


I was digging through the archives this week and found the above pencil test from the HANDYCAT short. This was a rough, motion test animated by G. Brian Reynolds. At the studio, we use a software program called FlipBook to test animation. Sometimes the drawings are then cleaned up and then imported into Flash for manipulation. With this particular test, however, the drawings were not cleaned up, and the pencil test was simply imported into Flash to be used as a guide. HANDYCAT head shapes, body shapes, leg shapes, and other shapes were then aligned with the pencil test guide to make the final scene.

FlipBook and Flash Animation are terrific tools, but it takes a skilled animator to get the best out of them. Brian is one such animator.

Click the link below to see Brian’s pencil test and the color version of the scene. Rob Paulsen provides Handycat’s funny coughs.

Handycat Pencil Test and Finished scene
(Be patient - the pencil test takes longer to load.)

Russ Harris

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hahah sweet! Interesting way of animating If I may say so myself. DId you replace the legs with symbols and position them to the way they were in the drawings?


Hey Stephen. Yes, that’s what was done; however, this is not the norm for most scenes. The animators really only pencil test if the action is some sort of wild motion, and often the drawings are much more sketchy than the ones I posted. Sometimes the drawings are cleaned up and used, but we had so many symbols and assets already of Handycat in this costume, we just used those to finish the scene.
I’ve got more FlipBook pencil tests from HANDYCAT that I’ll post soon.


Hey Russ:
Good looking stuff.
I love looking at pencil tests the best. Drawings retain energy in the rough stage.
Thanks for sharing roughs and final color with us!
Take care Russ and look forward to seeing more.
Your Cartoon Pal…….Jeff


Hey Jeff. I enjoy looking at pencil tests, too. And you’re right. They have an entirely different feel to them in that rough form. Thanks for the comment, and keep that Finster/Finster art coming - always enjoy seeing it.

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