11 11 2008

july 1994 I started my 9 years at the disney studio, first in glendale – later that year we all moved into the new built studio in burbank on riverside, the building with the sorcerer’s apprentice hat in front. they wanted me to do designs on 5 different projects, at the same time. HERCULES was the first, andy gaskil was the assigned art director and already working on the visuals. then two pieces for the planned FANTASIA 2000 compilation – LITTLE TIN SOLDIER and BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH -, and two very interesting new projects, MULAN – at that time titled FAMULAN, and DINOSAUR, the first disney cg-movie. it was a very interesting 5 months until I was asked to do the production design on MULAN in dec.1994. kind of challenging, not to mix all these very different styles up. here are some of the HERCULES sketches…


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13 responses

11 11 2008

That’s valuable thing!!

11 11 2008
Jared Shear

These are wonderful Hans!…..such a nice variety colors, shapes, textures and compositions, here. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

11 11 2008

5 such diverse projects at one time must have been some challenge. This Hercules work is awesome. I look forward to seeing some of the others

12 11 2008

These are great. Last year I was in Greece and these sketches really capture the spirit and feel of Greece much more than the film does. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the art in Hercules, but I find these backgrounds much more interesting and appealing.

12 11 2008
Drake Brodahl

Really stunning work, Hans. These are the kind of images that really get me inspired and excited to paint.

12 11 2008

hi hans. just came across your fantastic new blog. a great inspiration. consider it as bookmarked. I experienced the same problems with google when I was in marokko and think it is some kind of censorship that won’t let you access certain pages. delete the cookies and use different url like or

13 11 2008

Hey Hans
Thanks for sharing!!!

I already saw a lot of the pics in your book and I am always happy about the wonderful variety of simple but beautiful trees in your compositions.

You`re my “tree-master” :o)

13 11 2008
Mark McDonnell

Incredibly beautiful and such a wide variety of shape design and impressive shadow design showing the contour of the landscapes. You have such an amazing ability to describe form and yet show a minimal take on the look and feel of something so grand and epic.



15 11 2008
Nancy Beiman

I don’t remember seeing any of those color sketches when we were working on the picture; then again, I was one of the last members added to the crew. Very nice work.

21 11 2008

heyyyyyy i’m from greece….!!!!!!!

4 01 2012
Andrea Pucci

What a pleasure for the eyes! Great inspiration!

21 10 2016

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18 11 2016
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