paul julian 1

26 09 2008

whenever you watch a warner brothers short from the forties and fifties you can spot backgrounds painted by PAUL JULIAN immediately. they stand out because of the choice of colors and their unique style. JULIAN was a fine artist with exhibitions in art galleries. I quote from the book THE ART OF FRIZ FRELENG – …according to julian ‘backgrounds are used both to stage the character and stay behind the character’…and ‘I did a great deal of special design stuff that I kept hidden and various kinds of staging, taking liberties with perspective, and doing what I could to keep the audience’s attention directed toward the main animation with as much elaboration as I could put behind it. I tried deliberately to build the space around the characters so they were, in effect, working in a kind of tunnel…’ further …when the actual painting commenced, julian concentrated on colors, coordinating his efforts with those of the ink-and-painters…he had two six foot tables and could get the whole six minute picture laid out on the table to make sure everything went together smoothly…
the following 5 recreated pan BG’s are painted by JULIAN, they are from the 1949 WB-short BAD OL PUTTY TAT with tweety and sylvester.
later julian left WB and designed at UPA – THE TELL TALE HEART, another stylistic masterpiece.

bad ol putty tad.credits

bad ol putty tad.pan 5

bad ol putty tad.a

© warner brothers




5 responses

26 09 2008
Allen Capoferri

This is all beautiful work Hans..good to see you back in the blog realm.

26 09 2008
Ignacio Ochoa

Hi Hans.
Really the backgrounds of Paul Julian are beautiful and functional.
I have just seen the short on the web and i put my atention on the backgrounds, and I was noted that the background elements is not the same in each scene, but this not mean a problem to the viewers, the action flows, and nobody is asked by the elements of the backgrounds. This is great!!
Sorry about my english. I´m from Argentina. I hope you understand my comment.

27 09 2008
SImon R

Cheers for that Hans . Always enjoy the info and insights on your blog . Glad to have found your new location at last . I was beginning to think you had stopped blogging completely . That would have been a shame .
Still enjoying going through the pages of the book .
A solid feast for the eyes each and every time .

Cheers .

30 09 2008

I didn’t know Paul Julian backgrounds had a hide intention,he used visual clever tricks to keep the attention of the audience to the main animation.Thanks!

13 10 2009
Wouter Tulp

Amazing background art!!!

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