Archive for the ‘model sheet’ Category

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Design: Two Disney Concept Artists

Disney Concept ArtDisney Concept ArtToday, we digitized more vintage model sheets on loan to us by Animation Resources Alliance member, Van Eaton Galleries. (For our previous posting, see… Reluctant Dragon and Pinocchio Model Sheets.) Among the collection were some fascinating early concept sketches by two very unique designers… Albert Hurter and Charlie Thorson.
ALBERT HURTER

Albert HurterAlbert HurterAlbert Hurter was born in Switzerland in 1883. He came to America during the first World War and found work in the New York animation scene. He moved West and ended up working at Disney as a concept artist. His influence is seen in many of the Silly Symphonies and early features. His strengths were an unfailing solidity of drawing, and an eye for creating situations, not just designs. For more info on his life and career, see Bud Plant’s Biography and John Canemaker’s book, Before the Animation Begins.

Here are some inspirational designs by Albert Hurter…

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Albert Hurter
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Albert Hurter
Albert Hurter
Albert Hurter
Albert Hurter
Albert Hurter
Albert Hurter

CHARLIE THORSON

Charlie ThorsonCharlie ThorsonUntil Gene Waltz’s book, Cartoon Charlie: The Life and Art of Animation Pioneer Charles Thorson, few people had heard of Charlie Thorson, but once you see his work, it’s hard not to recognize his unique style in many cartoons from the 1930s. Thorson was responsible for the first model of proto-Bugs’ Bunny and the Porky Pig redesign at Warner Bros, as well as numerous characters in Disney Silly Symphonies and Fleischer Stone Age cartoons.

Here are two beautiful model sheets Thorson created for Disney’s “Little Hiawatha”…

Charlie Thorson
Charlie Thorson

I’m not sure who did this next piece, but it impressed me with the amount of detail and refinement Disney allowed his concept artists to instill in their work… I’m sure when this concept drawing was created, no one had any idea how the delicate pastel rendering technique would be translated into ink & paint!

Disney Concept Art

Van Eaton GalleriesVan Eaton GalleriesThese original production photostatic model sheets are available for sale by Van Eaton Galleries for $50 apiece. If you decide to add any of them to your collection, tell the folks at the Van Eaton Galleries that ASIFA-Hollywood referred you, and they will donate a portion of your purchase price to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive.

For more vintage Disney model sheets, see… Reluctant Dragon and Pinocchio Model Sheets. Thanks to the Van Eaton Galleries for their support of Animation Resources.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Design: Reluctant Dragon and Pinocchio Model Sheets

Disney Model Sheet

Van Eaton GalleriesVan Eaton GalleriesToday, I’d like to introduce you to our latest Animation Resources Alliance member, Van Eaton Galleries. Mike Van Eaton has been a supporter of this project for some time, and he has hosted several fundraisers for Animation Resources at his storefront gallery in Sherman Oaks, CA. His walls are jam packed with wonderful animation art, and he has generously agreed to allow us to digitize material in his inventory for inclusion in the archive database.

Disney Model SheetsDisney Model SheetsEarlier this week, Mike brought in a box full of Disney model sheets. The Disney Studios was probably the best organized operation ever to produce animated cartoons, and the heart of their production process was the Model Department run by Joe Grant. Concept designs were quickly duplicated and distributed as preliminary models, allowing development at the studio to proceed at a rapid pace. Once designs were approved, they were distilled into sheets full of drawings that captured a full range of angles and expressions. These detailed instructions on how the characters were to be constructed and posed were provided to every artist working on the film.

Here are a few samples of the model sheets Mike Van Eaton generously allowed us to digitize today…

The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

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Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet

Pinocchio (1940)

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Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet

These original production photostatic model sheets are available for sale by Van Eaton Galleries for $50 apiece. If you decide to add any of them to your collection, tell the folks at the Van Eaton Galleries that Animation Resources referred you, and they will donate a portion of your purchase price to our project.

Thanks to the Van Eaton Galleries for their support of this important project.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Design: More Disney Model Sheets

Disney Model SheetsDisney Model SheetsToday we digitized some wonderful Disney model sheets. For more model sheets, see… Reluctant Dragon and Pinocchio Model Sheets, Two Disney Concept Artists and Mice and Duck Model Sheets.

Those of you who are taking the $100,000 Animation Drawing Course will find these model sheets useful for practicing your exercises.

Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet
Disney Model Sheet

Van Eaton GalleriesVan Eaton GalleriesThese original production photostatic model sheets are available for sale by Van Eaton Galleries for $50 apiece. If you decide to add any of them to your collection, tell the folks at the Van Eaton Galleries that Animation Resources referred you, and they will donate a portion of your purchase price to Animation Resources.

For more Disney model sheets, see… Reluctant Dragon and Pinocchio Model Sheets, Two Disney Concept Artists and Mice and Duck Model Sheets

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.