sketchbook update

21 10 2014

sketch 122aa

my sketchbook is finished and will be available very soon.





edouard-leon cortes 1

20 10 2014

over the past years I have posted several articles about the PAINTERS OF PARIS, LUIGI LOIR ( 1845 – 1916 ), JEAN BERAUD ( 1849 – 1936 ), EUGENE GALIEN-LALOUE ( 1854 – 1941 ), EDOUARD-LEON CORTES ( 1882 – 1969 ) and ANTOINE BLANCHARD, ( 1910 – 1988 ), and the genre PARISIANISM. here now is the first part of a series about EDOUARD-LEON CORTES, and his beautiful paris city views.

E.L.Cortes comp 1
E.L.Cortes comp 4
E.L.Cortes comp 5
E.L.Cortes comp 3
E.L.Cortes comp 2

© edouard-leon cortes





wilhelm m.busch 36

18 10 2014

the illustrations below are from the 1955 published novel TANZPAUSE (dance break), written by VICKY BAUM and illustrated by WILHELM M.BUSCH. I am posting all 12 illustrations in a bigger size, so you can see the incredible quality of BUSCH’s artworks, all done in pencil. he creates such an atmosphere in these simple line drawings, captures moments in a way a photograph could never do. BUSCH never used any photographic reference, but he usually studied and sketched situations of his daily life, especially in the circus or during his lectures at the art academy. when you take a closer look, you can see the rough basic composition lines. the final drawing looks so effortless written down. whenever I look at his work I am speechless and in awe.

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© wilhelm m.busch / bertelsmann verlag





mulan findings 9

17 10 2014

the first pen+ink style sketches for disney’s MULAN and their color versions.

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mulan 1.color designs

© disney enterprises, inc.





madeline

5 09 2014

1madeline cover

the first children book MADELINE was published in 1939, 8 more followed. the author and illustrator was LUDWIG BEMELMANS, 1898 – 1962, born in austria and emigrated to the united states in 1914. the illustrations in the first book are very simple, concentrating on the characters, there is barely any major background. in the few pieces where BEMELMANS added some more detail to establish where the story takes place you can see that he was obviously inspired by the french painter RAOUL DUFY, 1877 – 1953.

2madeline bemelmans
3madeline 2
4dufy style

in 1952 UPA produced an animated version of the first book, directed by BOBE CANNON, layout design ART HEINEMAN and color by JULES ENGEL. the animation was done by BILL MELENDEZ and FRANK SMITH. the design team was facing the problem to develop a background style since there was not enough reference in the books. they went back to RAUL DUFY, and came up with backgrounds inspired by his art. below you can see 2 recreated longer pans from the short.

7Madeline (1952) pan 1
8Madeline (1952)night pan 1
9Madeline (1952) night pan 2

© ludwig bemelmans / UPA / raul dufy





sunset

31 08 2014

chin.cliffs fin





rooty toot toot

30 08 2014

Rooty Toot Toot.John Hubley.UPA.1951 AA1

after a long time I recreated some more backgrounds, from the 1951 UPA short – ROOTY TOOT TOOT. directed by JOHN HUBLEY the main animators were GRIM NATWICK and ART BABBITT. you might have guessed it, the amazing styled layouts and backgrounds were created by PAUL JULIAN. the film was voted in 1994 one of the best ’50 greatest cartoons’.

Rooty Toot Toot.John Hubley.UPA.1951 B
Rooty Toot Toot. John Hubley.UPA.1951 C
Rooty Toot Toot.John Hubley.UPA.1951 A

© UPA








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