Archive for the ‘golden book’ Category

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Illustration: Gustaf Tenggren’s Little Trapper

Tenggren Little Trapper

Gustaf Tenggren was born in Sweden in 1896. Throughout the 1920s, he illustrated children’s books and fairy tales in a richly detailed style similar to Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. In 1936, Walt Disney brought Tenggren to Hollywood to work on Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. His designs for the Dwarfs’ cottage and the forest were directly incorporated into the film by the layout artists.

The experience of working at Disney changed Tenggren’s artistic outlook. He abandoned the European illustrator style for a simpler, more direct, stylized approach. He illustrated the most iconic Golden Books… The Poky Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Shy Little Kitten and The Tawny Scrawny Lion, and he continued to paint for Western Publishing until his death in the early sixties.

Tenggren’s Golden Books are exemplified by bold, clear compositions; a harmonious use of color and masterful rendering of a variety of textures. This book, The Little Trapper, is one of Tenggren’s least often seen titles. Published in 1950, several years before DIsney’s Davy Crockett popularized the coonskin cap, this book includes some disarmingly beautiful paintings. In particular, notice how Tenggren renders the fur. It’s a different technique every time.

Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper
Tenggren Little Trapper

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Illustration: Mary Blair’s Baby’s House

Mary Blair Baby's House

Earlier, we featured Mary Blair’s Golden Book "Little Verses". Today, we feature her long out-of-print book, "Baby’s House".

Many thanks to my friend Mike Fontanelli for sharing this with us.

Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House
Mary Blair Baby's House

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

IllustrationIllustration

This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Illustration: Mary Blair Song Book

Mary Blair Song Book

Mary Blair is one of the most popular golden age animation color stylists among today’s animation designers. This book was published in 1955, and it’s a great example of Blair at the height of her powers. The full color illustrations are great, but check out the duotones and the page layouts… It’s as if she can do no wrong! Her taste is impeccable.

Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

IllustrationIllustration

This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.