Hi everybody, my name is TrentCorrey, and I'm an animator at Disney Feature Animation inCalifornia.
And I've been here since 2012.
Actually, Frozenwas the first film I worked on the very first one and sincethen I've worked on Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, and Frozen 2, and I was very lucky on Frozen 2 to get to supervise two of myfavorite characters right here, Olaf and Bruni and the wind spiritGale.
So today, which I couldn't have Gale here, I can't have apile of leaves here, what am I going to do? So, today we'regoing to learn how to draw Bruni and I'd love if you drew alongwith me, this is for all ages.
And really, we're just going tokeep this fun.
We're going to draw light with a red pencil, I'm going to draw digitally so you can choose to do that too.
And then we're going to clean up the drawing together.
This isall about fun, especially with a character like Bruni.
We just want to make him cute, have a good time, so thatat the end of the drawing, we can look back at it and just smile a little bit.
SoBruni is a great such a fun character, and hundreds ofartists at Disney worked on this character.
This is not justme by any means this is hundreds.
And that goes from thedesigner of the character through storyboards, and thenmodeling rigging, and animation, which is when we move thecharacter.
And then there's a whole bunch of otherdepartments, especially for Bruni, like effects and lightingthat were so important.
So remember, this is such a groupeffort.
And today, we're just going to try to channel thatcuteness and just have some fun, drawing Bruni, so how about we getstarted, and we'll go slow.
And really, this is just abouthaving fun.
So let's draw this cute little fire salamandertogether and so we can have something to look back and smileat.
Okay, let's get started.
You can see I've already chosen red.
I always like to draw with a red under color.
It kind of helpsyou keep loose and if you're using a red pencil, just try todraw it real light.
As you can see here, I'm starting with the head of Bruni, which is kind of like aD shape.
I always think of it as a D, kind of on its side.
It's avery simple shape.
And again, just be really loose with thepencil.
You don't have to press too hard.
And I'm going to startto draw the eyes and ears.
So I usually like to put the eyes sothat the top of the head kind of goes to the center.
And reallywith Bruni, the bigger the eyes, the better.
Go forcuteness, these eyes are hilariously big.
And whenthey're looking up at Elsa, that's just my favorite thingever.
So draw them nice and big, I actually drew them a little toohigh here.
I'm gonna lower that a little bit.
There we go.
Okay, but the great thing about drawing around being loosefirst is that if you make little mistakes like this, it doesn'tmatter because you're gonna clean this up later.
These areall just kind of guidelines and you really want to draw throughevery shape.
So let's go ahead and put the pupil in there.
Ilike to do this right away even though it's a detail Just because then it looks likeBruni's looking back at you.
And then what better way to drawBruni than to have these cute eyes just looking back at youthe whole time.
This is all for fun.
So just be loose, have fun.
And let's make Bruni as cute as possible.
So really, that youknow what a circle is one of the hardest things to draw.
So takeyour time with that be loose.
I usually draw these little linesdown from the pupils.
It kind of helps to tell me where the neckline goes here.
So the neck, he's got this very long neckwhen he perks up.
And it's just such a fun shape.
Designer BillSchwab just did some amazing shape language here that wasreally fun for the animators to play with.
So I've got this andit's kind of a weird shape that goes into his body.
You know, you have this, this long neck and these big eyes and then thiscute, cute little body and kind of flat along the bottom there.
If you squint it actually kind of starts to look, doesn't it kind oflook like a boot or something? You know, I can almost imagine Someone just putting that onthere, like if you, don't draw this, but if you put littlelaces in here, then you have a little boot with Bruni's headon it and like at the top of the boot here, you know, like alittle sock.
So yeah, please don't draw this all in but justyou know think simple shapes.
That's how I remember drawingsand, and how to put the character together.
So I'm goingto go ahead and just go back to the head here for a second andjust put the smile on.
Now the smile's just a fun big smile.
And this is where the centerline really helps you can kind ofarch the top of the lip up there and just curl around theeyeballs.
And now the top of the corners kind of align with thepupils almost they go right up to those cute little cheeks atthe top of the D.
So here we go.
It's it's this little curvyshape almost like a W that's just kind of stretched out andyou really get that cute upper lip.
So as you can see startingto take shape.
We've got that nice long neck and just gonnadraw he's got this little pattern in here where his neckgoes Just kind of draw these piecesin.
Remember, we're going to clean this all up later.
Sodon't worry about being too clean, you can draw throughshapes so that later we know where the pieces are going.
Sohis legs are just these chubby little things are so cute.
It'sgot these like little S curves, we call them it's the shape ofan S and you can see where I just drew that circle that'slike his pudgy little forearms.
So I just I just love the waythese look.
And you know, when the animators are animating, these are like little squishy things.
And it really his, histoes are just these like little I think of them as like littlepizza slices, little triangles, and they're just the cutestlittle thing I loved when the animators would squish these andthen you show the bottom of his palm and, and, and then insound, they just added these cute little sounds as he walkedaround and just all these details just make Bruni such acute character.
So again, I'm just gonna draw that leg on theother side here.
Let's just think of these little cutelittle finger pizza slices, you can see actuallylike curved off the bottom of the boot there just to just togive them that chess piece but, you know, I'm drawing throughall these lines so that later on when we clean up we kind of knowwhere everything connects.
So it's okay to just kind of keepthose under drawings.
You don't have to erase anything rightaway, just be loose and we're just trying to get the feelingof the character.
Again, these little pizza slices all theselittle things that you know, in Frozen 2, Bruni just had to becute.
I mean, that's one of his biggest moments, you know, rightafter, Elsa chases him down as the fire just really importantthat they have a connection.
And, and it was just such a funsequence to animate, to have these big eyes staring up atElsa, and have this little tongue come out and catch thesnowflake.
But really we just wanted the audience during thatmoment is to see Elsa's connection with nature and justreally fall in love with this character Bruni.
Okay, let's goahead and throw his tail in there.
His tail, you know, Iusually put it up I think of it like a dog wagging his tail a little bit, butjust a really simple tail to show that he's happy.
And it'sgot a really simple curve to it.
He's starting to come togetherhere.
We're starting to see Bruni and just be real roughhere.
I'm gonna draw the under belly of his tail here.
And youcan see I'm just drawing through the legs there because you know, we're going to go clean up and choose the lines we want to keepclean later on.
Okay I'm just gonna sometimes I throw hiseyebrows on here, not for my rough sketches, I tend to leavethem out because his eyes just look so cute.
above the headthere.
I'm probably gonna regret drawing those in later but let'skeep them there for now.
And then his little nose we start toadd in the details.
Those nostrils are actually likepretty small nostrils.
Again, just to really emphasize a smilein his eyes.
His we kept his nose pretty small.
He's gotthese little design patterns on here.
Now all these littledesigns on his back and his head, they're actually little designsfor the fire.
Okay, as I said, I regretted those eyebrows.
Okay, we'll leave this for now, we'll come back to that and clean up.
But here we go reallysimple shapes.
And as you can see, while I was drawing, alwaysstart with the big, simple shapes, and then we kind of workdown to the detail, you know, just really quickly sketchingthese little diamond shapes on his back and, and on his legsjust to indicate where they might be during our cleanup.
Let's just recenter here.
Now I do like working digitallysometimes because I can do everything in the spot.
And if Ineed to just, you know, change a proportion, or scale somethingthat's it's really quick to do.
Let's just choose black here forthe cleanup.
And I'm already noticing that you know, I feellike I drew his jaw a little big.
So here's something neat andwhen you work digitally, you can just kind of squash that up alittle bit there.
And you know, sometimes when his chin gets alittle big it takes away from his cuteness.
So let's justbring that back down.
This is definitely you know, there'spros and cons to working digitally and on paper, I loveworking on paper, it keeps you loose and I hope you're you getto try both here but digitally, just speed wise I can move alittle quicker.
So as we start to clean up, Bruni, you know, we've drawn all our basic shapes there.
And we're just going tokind of soften that D shape a little bit, draw the top of hishead here.
Yeah, just just try to keep that flat and graphic.
Ilove the simplicity of Bruni, just keeping things really, really clean and simple.
And just letting those eyes do allthe talking.
Now at the cleanup phase, you're still not justdrawing over the red lines, you're still making choices thatare going to kind of inform the drawing, here's a circle, so it'sso weird, the circle is the hardest thing to draw.
I alwayshave a hard time with it.
It is such a simple shape, but to drawsuch a perfect circle, you see look how many little strokes I'mtaking.
It's a good thing to keep in mind that even whenDisney animators are drawing characters, it's not perfectevery time.
So your drawing does not need to be perfect everytime.
Take your time.
Put it together.
I know when you seestuff on the screen or drawings in books, it looks like, wow, these people can draw so easily.
No, I mean, every drawingis hard work.
And we put a lot of time into this stuff.
So takeyour time, doesn't have to be perfect the first time.
And asyou can see this, I take my time with these circles, they're noteasy.
But we're going to keep that Iusually you can see the top of the circles, I usually darkena little bit there, just to kind of emphasize the top lid.
So yeah, I've got the littlecircle.
I put it even like a little bottom eyelid there justto clean it up a little bit.
And now I'm going to draw his pupils.
Again, I like to start with the eyes just because we put the mosttime into it.
And if I get that right and the character's lookingback at me, it's kind of like the character saying, hey, drawme right.
Okay, here we go.
Got the bigblack pupil in there.
So he's looking back at us.
Yeah, and these, You know, I mighteven scale these up afterwards because, really, I mean, thoseeyes, they're there, they call them the window to the soul.
Andwhen Bruni's looking back at you with those big eyes, youwant those as cute as possible.
So okay, I have a kind of darkroughed in here.
Okay? And they're just these reallycute big black pupils.
Okay, and I am going to try just scalingthem up a little bit.
Again, another another neat thing to, working digitally.
You know, you can do this on paper too, justby filling that in a little bigger, but, but I do like theease of this.
So here we go.
We get this big pupils.
And like Isaid, we're still making choices during the cleanup phase, tojust really make this drawing feel and look like Bruni.
So again, let's go back to this W shape.
Just really trying to soften thelines.
Really trying to let that mouthfollow the contour of, of that circle there, put his littlecheek corners in there, just adding these little details thatthat all come together to make Bruni.
I'm actually gonna lowerhis nose a little bit, it's a little too high and put those littlenostrils in so cute.
You can see in the movie when he's breathingheavily those little tiny nostrils, the animators actuallyput little breaths in there, which was so neat and cute tosee those tiny details.
Okay, and as we connect to his neck, we'rejust going to soften that shape a little bit.
When that whenthat D shape kind of goes down to that straight line, it doesget a little too graphic.
So just gonna soften those neckcorners and follow his chest up here and just kind of make thoselittle choices that make Bruni who he is.
Here's another thingthat's hard to draw: straight lines like that.
It's the simple stuff that'sreally complicated.
For some reason, so drawing aperfectly straight line is tough.
But again, none of thishas to be perfect.
We're just trying to have fun and draw cutelittle Bruni.
So now I want to talk a little bitabout the character here.
When I, when I saw Bruni in one ofthe first screenings of Frozen, I just fell in love withthe character, and I was beyond excited to learn that I'd beable to help supervise the character.
Now, we had a team ofanimators that work on this character, and in fact, it's awhole team of the studio that works on this, you know, frommodeling and rigging, design, and then story artists, everybody, there's look artists, there's lighters, there's effectsartists was a big component of this character.
So it's reallynot one person that works on this character.
It's it's morelike 50-100 I mean, hundreds of people could work on a simplecharacter like this, who's only in the movie for minutes, but alot of hard work goes into a character to look and feel theway it does.
And I'm really proud to be part of the teamthat kind of helped to shape him.
Okay, so you can see hereI'm just drawing those legs shapes in.
Now, Bruni was justsuch a fun reveal in the movie too.
If you haven't seen themovie, you should probably see it.
But, you know, it's onDisney+.
And it was such a fun reveal to see this fire kindof chasing down Elsa.
And to learn that Bruni's kind of thiswas just kind of this scared, anxious fire spirit, and youknow, not not evil or mad at all just just kind of scared andwhen she corners him, that's really what we kept in mind, almost like a scared animal.
Like a squirrel or, or a dogthat was just kind of cornered.
But but just super cute.
Andwhen we do that, that chase and it's scary and it's intense.
Andthen we reveal that it's Bruni, it's just one of myfavorite parts in the movie.
And you know, but a team of probably about seven or eight animatorsanimated that section and just just brought the cuteness, thesnowflake, the licking the eyeball the little walks and thelittle head tilts.
I think people had a lot of fun withthat area.
So as you can see, I'm just choosing the littledetails to clean up and, you know, especially Bruni's legshere, you can see the under drawings in red underneath.
And, you know, when I draw the bottom of his belly here, you know, youcan kind of see when those lines connect, which is why you drawthrough those shapes in your rough so that you just kind ofhave a guideline to see where everything connects.
And I'mjust roughing in the shapes here.
And I'll do the one on his backhere.
Now if you look closely, the vis dev team I think wasBrittney Lee did did a lot of just great designs for the fourspirits.
You know, Bruni is one of the four spirits and herepresents fire and all these little designs have just these amazing unique designs within them.
So, take alook in the film they're in the crystals, they're in Elsa's dress.
They're just kind of everywhere and it's a really bigtheme in the movie.
So I'm going to just draw those in the tailhere.
And look at that we have our Bruni starting to cometogether.
I did a little zoom in zoom out there for you for somereason, here we go.
Okay, so you know what, just gonnaclean up a few things here.
I always like putting this littlewhite speck in his eyeballs, like the light is hitting thatcorner there.
Just kind of helps to, to bring that cuteness.
Okay, so we have a pretty, pretty clean drawing here.
Andyou know what, you can do this at home if you like if you havecolor pencils or markers or if you are working in Photoshop.
But, you know, Bruni is really only three colors.
So I'mjust gonna really quickly throw some color in here.
And what Ilove about Bruni's color, is that it changes in the movie.
So when he is on fire, and kind of anxious andscared, he is one color.
And then as he starts to cool downand the fire leaves his back, he changes color.
And I just, Ijust love this.
And, you know a lot of people put a lot of hardwork into that.
And again, just the effects on this, you have togo back and watch that section to really appreciate it.
Buteverything from when Bruni gets angry, and there's little sparkson his back, and later on, when he just nuzzles in Elsa's handand cools off in the fire goes down and you see him changecolor, just all these little details that, again, maybe 100people put into this character, and work collectively is justone of the greatest things about Disney Animation, thecollaboration, the efforts from every department, to help makeBruni a character that's memorable and and has all theseunique things about him.
So you can see Here, and again, I'm not acolor person, it's a very simple color for Bruni.
Theanimators really just focus on motion and, and someone elsewill light and do the look and the scales on the on thecharacter.
But I'm just going to throwthese really basic color shapes in.
Now this this light blue wasreally helpful for Bruni's smile, see how that, it justconnects to his bottom lip there and you can really clearly see asmile now.
So color is a big component to making thecharacter read and we even, you know, it goes across hisunderbelly, but it's also in the little pads under his feet.
Sowhen you see him walk, you get to see that contrast and colorfrom the dark on the top of his foot to the light underneath.
And I really thought that little detail just added this thisgreat like clarity to seeing as his little his little paws touchthe ground.
Okay, I get some little purple in here and just just playing aroundwith color.
But that's our friend Bruni.
I just loved thischaracter I loved working on him and and I hope you enjoyedseeing Bruni in the movie because what a joy to work onand, and just the cuteness and just everything.
I wish therewas more Bruni.
Maybe one day there will be, but for nowthat's our Bruni from Frozen 2 Thank you so much for comingto draw with me.
Remember, take your time, have fun, and drawBruni in lots of different poses.
He's a fun character, have him running around, have him licking snowflakes, havehim on fire, kind of scared or a little angry, and just havefun with the character.
Okay, that's it for now.
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And thanksfor drawing with me.