More early rough sketches and drafts from David Silverman

David Silverman’s Twitter feed is the gift that keeps on giving. Here are some more of his early Simpsons sketches he shared.

From 1987, a sketch from the Tracey Ullman Show short “House of Cards,” as well as some rough models for Maggie and Grampa:

Rough sketch of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson building a house of cards.

Rough model for Maggie Simpson by David Silverman Rough model for Abe Grampa Simpson

From the 1989 short “Maggie in Peril: Chapter One,” a background cell drawn by Eric Stefani, and an animation cycle:

sewer pipe background cell Maggie Simpson

Also from 1989, one of Silverman’s first sketches for the Simpsons title sequence:

Rough draft of Homer Simpson working at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant

Also from Eric Stefani, a draft of a cut scene from 1990’s “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”:

The Simpson family as pilgrims

Homer acting poses for the second season episode “Blood Feud” from 1991:

Homer Simpson Living in a World of Make Believe animation poses

Homer’s heart attack poses from 1992’s “Homer’s Triple Bypass“:

Homer Simpson having a heart attack

Sketches for Mr. Burns’ big number in “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds,” 1995:

Mr. Burns See My Vest Mr. Burns See My Vest

Finally, some sketches and color drawings from 1997’s “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)”

Psychedelic Jasper, Nelson, Mrs. Krabappel, Barney Script pages and drawings Johnny Cash coyote sketch

Early rough sketches and character sheets from David Silverman

“The Simpsons” animation director David Silverman shared some beautiful sketches from the archives on his @tubatron Twitter account last night:

Rough sketch of Homer Simpson by David Silverman

Rough sketch of Homer from the Tracey Ullman Short “The Bart Simpson Show
(First aired: November 20, 1988) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Bart Simpson and Milhouse van Houten by David Silverman

Rough sketches of Milhouse and Bart from the
Butterfinger commercial “The Butterfinger Group
(First aired: December 31, 1988) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Homer Simpson by David Silverman

Rough sketches of Homer Simpson from first season episode “Bart the Genius
(First aired: January 14, 1990) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Bart Simpson by David Silverman

Doodles of Bart and notes by David Silverman for
second season episode “Blood Feud
(First aired: July 11, 1991) @tubatron

Rough sketches of Homer Simpson in The Land of Chocolate

Rough sketch of Homer in The Land of Chocolate
in third season episode “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”
(First aired: December 5, 1991) @tubatron

Storyboard sketch of Homer Simpson in The Land of Chocolate

Storyboard sketch of Homer in The Land of Chocolate
in third season episode “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”
(First aired: December 5, 1991) @tubatron

Turnaround model sheet for Marge Simpson by Wes Archer

First season Marge Simpson model sheet by Wes Archer #

Turnaround model sheet for Milhouse Van Houten

Milhouse model sheet for first season episode “Bart the Genius#

Turnaround model sheet for Edna Krabappel

Original Mrs. Krabappel model sheet, designed by Dan Haskett, for first season episode “Bart the Genius#

Round 88: Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? vs. Blood Feud

Round 88: 8F23 vs. 7F22.

8F23: “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?” (Season 3 / August 27, 1992)
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Rich Moore
Showrunners: Al Jean & Mike Reiss

The Flanders family sings farewell to Herbert Powell

Danny DeVito reprises his role as Unky Herb from “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?“ and again his voice effortlessly blends in with the rest of the cast. This is late into Al and Mike’s first season, so things start to get a little bit more outlandish (Smither’s sperm!?, the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence), but at the core there’s a solid, grounded story.

And, again, I couldn’t help but notice how beautifully animated the show is. The angles! The shadows!

  • -“This is one of our many light switches. It functions in both the on and off mode. On. Off. On. Off.”
  • Totally forgot about the fantastic “2001: A Space Odyssey” scene.

7F22: “Blood Feud” (Season 2 / July 11, 1991)
Written by George Meyer
Directed by David Silverman
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Smithers offering Dr. Hibbert his blood to save Mr. Burns' life

A lot of memorable moments in this one, from Lisa teaching Maggie new words, Homer’s twisted telling of the story of Hercules and the Lion (-“Is it a Bible story?” -“Probably.”) to his angry letter to Mr. Burns and of course the introduction of future basement-dweller Xtapolapocetl.

  • -“‘Senile,’ eh? ‘Buck-toothed,’ am I? ‘Bony arms,’ are they? ‘Liver spots,’ did I? ‘Chinless,’ will you?”

The winner: 7F22, “Blood Feud.”