Here are some concept designs and animation drawings for "Hexxus" from "Ferngully the Last Rainforest". I had left Disney Animation 1991 for a year to pursue working on my independent film called "Hide and Seek" when Sue Kroyer asked me if I could work on Ferngully designing and animating the villain. This was really exciting for me because I love villians and this was one I couldn't resist. I love the idea of shape changing and this character allowed for a lot of inventive ideas starting off as a smoky character to oil then to the finale of oil and fire together. Ferngully was an awesome experience and working with Bill and Sue Kroyer was the most artist friendly, fun experinces I had in my career and I got a chance to work with some amazing artists! During this production, I still had a chance to continue working on my independent film as well which was neat that I could do both. :)
The 5 animation drawings below were special drawings I created to give the effects artists (John Armstrong and perhaps others too), an idea of what kind of look I was thinking of for Hexxus at this stage. Of course these were just only indications and they worked their magic in their own way and did an amazing job on the effects. It was a real fun collabrative, artistic effort!
I loved drawing the little death skulls in the billowing clouds. Seemed to fit since he was a toxic cloud.
More Tim Curry studies...
Hexxus in his most climatic state as this oil and fire monster. I liked the idea of the oil being the skeleton and cape like shapes while the fire was the force moving his body around.