May 14th, 2019

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Illustration: Maxfield Parrish’s Arabian Nights 1909

Maxfield Parrish

Today I’m sharing a classic book from my collection by illustrator Maxfield Parrish.

Maxfield ParrishMaxfield ParrishParrish was one of the most successful artists of the golden age of illustration. It is said that during the depression, there were more Maxfield Parrish prints hanging on the walls of American homes than there were American homes!

The book I’m featuring today was done early in Parrish’s career, but it contains all of the aspects of his style that would make him famous… the electric blues set off of bright sunset oranges, the dramatic lighting effects, the amazingly lifelike natural shapes and patterns contrasted with large flat areas of color, and the total control of the mechanical aspects of offset printing… if you look carefully at the foliage in the image with the urns on either side, you can see that the painting was pasted up from several pieces. Bud Plant’s website has an interesting article on how Parrish used the four color process. Check it out.

Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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

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May 9th, 2019

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Animation: Disney’s Artist Tryout Book

Disney Artist Tryout Book

Today, we scanned another fascinating document from the collection of Clair Weeks. This is the "Disney Studios Artist’s Tryout Book" from 1938. It provides a valuable overview of the production process and description of the various job categories. You will definitely want to print this out and study it carefully.

Here are some quotes from this booklet that you might find interesting…

STORY MEN must be able to draw. The stories are not written but are visualized in sketch form.

The value of an animator is dependent upon his ability to dramatize and caricature life, and to time and stage his characters’ actions in an unusual and interesting way. An animator must be a showman- he must know how to entertain an audience, to present a gag, to picture dramatically an ordinary incident. Above all, he must be a sure and skillful draftsman.

THE DIRECTOR must have complete knowledge of every phase of animation, have executive ability and outstanding dramatic talent. He must be familiar with practically all of the Arts… To date, all directors have arisen from the ranks of the Studio, sometimes through story work, but more often through animation. Because of the complexity of animation it seems that this will continue to be the case.

All inking and painting of celluloids, and all tracing done in the Studio is perfomed exclusively by a large staff of girls known as Inkers and Painters… This is the only department in the Disney Studio open to women artists.

Disney Artist Tryout Book

The original brochure was in very poor condition, with tears and waterstains throughout. I’m sure that this was carried around in Weeks’ back pocket for quite a while. But Photoshop can work miracles, so these scans ended up looking better than the original.

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Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book
Disney Artists Tryout Book

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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May 8th, 2019

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Illustration: Uncle Remus Stories 1949

Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories

On Saturday Animation Resources volunteer, Eric Graf brought by another treasure for us to digitize… a 1949 edition of the Disney Giant Golden Book, "Uncle Remus Stories". It features a spectacular cover by Mary Blair and many beautiful interior illustrations by Al Dempster and Bill Justice.

This book is interesting, not just for its relationship to the rarely seen Disney film, Song of the South, but for the material that doesn’t appear in the film. Along with the familiar stories about the Tar Baby and Brer Rabbit’s Laffin’ Place, the book illustrates a dozen other stories like "De Great Rabbit Terrapin Race", "Brer Fox and de Stolen Goobers" and "Why de Cricket Fambly Lives in Chimbleys".

Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of
the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories
Song of the South Uncle Remus Stories

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

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