31 08 2009

a colorscript page from the dec.1995 released BALTO, directed by SIMON WELLS, produced by STEVEN SPIELBERG’S AMBLIMATION in london. the storyboard drawings for these color sketches were done by simon wells.

balto col.scr.18

© universal/AMBLIN


more ducks…

29 08 2009

ajk 3 color

ajk 0015

ajk 1620

ajk 4304



christmas ajk

all artwork from the comic strip series THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF THE DUCK ALFRED J.KWAK

ajk c20

© van veen, siepermann, bacher


28 08 2009

elmer comp A

elmer comp BB

these two beautiful very long recreated pan backgrounds are from disney’s march 1936 SILLY SYMPHONY ELMER ELEPHANT. the BG-artists on LILO AND STITCH used especially the watercolor backgrounds from that short as a reference for their work.

© disney enterprises, inc


27 08 2009

usually I am not advertising films outside of the animation field here on my blog. but this time I have too. I would have loved to work on that documantary – CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY.


Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore’s new documentary, will be released by Overture Films on October 2, 2009. Capitalism will explore the root causes of the global economic meltdown and take a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore described as “the biggest robbery in the history of this country” – the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions.

sounds like fun…

12 midnight

26 08 2009


regents park

25 08 2009

going back to the sixties – here are a few recreated pan backgrounds from the opening of disney’s 1961 released 101 DALMATIANS.

101 D 1003a

101 D 1009a

101 D 1015a

101 D 1018a

101 D 1019a

© disney enterprises, inc


24 08 2009

underwater 809a

© bilderfabrik

waking sleeping beauty 1

23 08 2009

DON HAHN sent me some information about a documentary he directed – WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY, the renaissance of animation during the so called ‘golden nineties’. can’t wait to see the film, since it covers a creative period of time I had a chance to be a small part of.

Waking Sleeping Beauty, will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month, and will be released theatrically in the spring of 2010.


here is a synopsis –

From 1984 to 1994 a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever

Directed by Don Hahn
Produced by Peter Schneider and Don Hahn

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times.  The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control.  The conditions produced a series of box office flops and pessimistic forecasts: maybe the best days of animation were over. Maybe the public didn’t care. Only a miracle or a magic spell could produce a happy ending.

Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale.  It’s the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits – “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and more – over a ten-year period.

Director Don Hahn and producer Peter Schneider bring their insider knowledge to “WSB”. Hahn was one of the Young Turks at Disney who produced some of its biggest sensations.  Schneider led the animation group during this amazing renaissance and later became studio chairman. Their film offers a fascinating and candid perspective of what happened in the creative ranks set against the dynamic tensions among the top leadership, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Roy Disney (the nephew of Walt).

The process wasn’t always pretty.  The filmmakers bring a refreshing candor in describing ego battles, cost overruns, and failed experiments that others might prefer to forget. During times of tension, the animators’ favorite form of release was to draw scathing caricatures of themselves and their bosses.  Director Hahn puts several memorable ones on display and marshals a vast array of interviews, home movies, internal memos and unseen footage.


© disney enterprises, inc

you can see some clips here


22 08 2009


the recreated opening pan background from disney’s 1949 THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW or ICHABOD CRANE.

© disney enterprises, inc

ducks + moles

21 08 2009

the artwork below is from 1986, from my collaboration with HARALD SIEPERMANN on our comic strip series THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF THE DUCK ALFRED J.KWAK. it started just for fun and became an adventure with three comic books, published in germany, netherlands, belgium and france, and a 52 episodes TV-series on the air in about 20 countries.
harald developed the characters based on a story of HERMAN VAN VEEN and did the pencil sketches. I inked them and added the color and the environment. it is all feltpen and some gouache.





henk's home4312

© van veen, siepermann, bacher


20 08 2009

the following captured frames are from a commercial DICK PURDUM animated in the late eighties for the liverpool TATE gallery. during the whole length of thirty seconds the presenter talks about art and changes inclusive his surroundings in the style of the most famous painters of the last century, like chagall, matisse, picasso, grosz, warhol… it is a masterpiece!

tate gall.comp

© richard purdum animation/tate gallery liverpool


19 08 2009

test BG aa33

young masters 2

18 08 2009

1richard A087
richard vanderwende

2chen yi MU110
chen yi cheng

3nicolas C535
nicolas marlet

4sai-alex mulan94
sai ping lok after an alex nino drawing

daan jippes

6ric slu MU53
ric sluiter

8mulan rob025
robh ruppel

10colin stimpson164
colin stimpson

11buck lewis WL092
buck lewis

john watkiss

paul felix

14alfred SIE2
harald siepermann

© disney enterprises, inc
© universal/amblin
© van veen/siepermann/bacher


17 08 2009

some more recreated streetscenes from disney’s PINOCCHIO




© disney enterprises, inc


16 08 2009

let’s stay in asia, – the following images are from another japanese ANIME film I quite like, the 2001 released MILLENNIUM ACTRESS, directed by SATOSHI KON and animated by the STUDIO MADHOUSE. the story is about a documentary filmmaker who investigates the life of an older actress. through her memories reality and her films get more and more blurred. it is classic anime, very detailed backgrounds covering a time of several decades, including the worldwar two era.

mill.actress comp.1

mill.actress comp.2

© bandai visual company/chiyoko commitee/genco/studio madhouse/
kadokawa shoten publ.co/wowow


15 08 2009

last time in singapore one of my students showed me an overzized book he had bought cheap some years ago. it was from china and had the most beautiful chinese art I have seen so far. obviously it was a story told in about sixty big illustrations. unfortunately chinese is not a language I understand, so I don’t even know the name of the artist. he or she is a master! the following three pages should give you an idea…




© Hua, San Chuan (华三川)

I got this information from ARASHI eragee@yahoo.com
 I looked around and found out some info: his name is Hua, San Chuan (华三川), a self taught artist. His beauty paintings had once been published in English. But he seems better known, in China, for his comic books for children (remakes of famous stories).
Hope this’s useful! XD’


14 08 2009

as you might have noticed I am not a big fan of ANIME films. but, I have to admit that a few are well designed. one of these few ones is BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE. this animated horrorfilm premiered in japan nov. 2000. directed by HIROYUKI KITAKUBO the film offers some unusual compositions, as you can see in the following screen captures. a live action adaptation was released this year.

blood, last vampire comp

© production I.G / aniplex

alex nino 5

12 08 2009

some more of ALEX NINO’S designs during the visual development of disney’s MULAN.

alex5 MUL035

alex5 MUL36

alex5 MUL037

© disney enterprises, inc

august mood

11 08 2009


© bilderfabrik


10 08 2009

300.000a flags

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