Saturday 22 December 2012


What a great boost for coloured pencil artists (and Caran D'Ache of course - and may I say that I love their Prismalo Pencils) hint hint!!

The classic Christmas animated film 'the snowman' celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion a sequel has been made and will be screened on Christmas Eve.

The Sequel is called 'the snowman and the snowdog' and runs for 24 minutes.   It has been entirely hand-drawn using Caran D'Ache coloured pencils. 

Numbers vary a little depending on which interview you read/watch but more than 70 artists were employed and each had to produce 1 second's worth of viewing/film per day.    Between 12-24 drawings went into 1 second of film.   In total the film used 200,000 bits of paper and 5,000 pencils.

The Director explained that they thought about using PhotoShop or computer generated images but these just couldn't match the soft, magical look achieved with 'crayons' .... yeaaaaay!

and I have done more work on the Horse portrait and will show the update later this weekend.


  1. I used to watch that video with my class every year. I didn't know it was done with caran d'ache pencils. I love their Pablo line. Merry Christmas, my friend!

  2. i haven't seen the first one yet ...even tho its been sitting on the dvd rack for years

    might have to watch it now that this one was done with cps lol

  3. Loved that little film clip, what a lot of drawing went into making it. Guess we won't see them over here.

    Have a great Christmas Sue.


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