wilhelm m.busch 13

28 08 2010

in 1948 WILHELM M.BUSCH illustrated this collection of fairy tales about a ghost from the mountain region in eastern germany.

© wilhelm m.busch / ensslin verlag reutlingen

comparison 6

26 08 2010

whenever I look at the layouts and backgrounds from disney’s BAMBI I am not sure what I admire more – the graphite ‘painted’ black/white layouts on vellum paper or the final oil-painted BG’s on glass or cardboard.

LISA KEENE, who is a BG-artist and art director in the DISNEY-feature animation studio in burbank, send me a very interesting note about the BAMBI BG-painting technique, and I want to share it with everybody. she writes –

I just thought I would tell you what I know about these BAMBI BG’s, I thought you may be interested. the first time I saw the glass plates, I think it was around 1983 and they were housed in a corrugated steal building where the ABC-building is now in the far west corner where the grass is. a dark drafty building where the low level light showed the dust partials in the air. it really left an impression on me because BAMBI is my all time favorite Disney film and I was shocked that they were treated so casually. I was surprised they weren’t all broken. I can’t remember what else was in the building but there was lots of other stuff.
many of the BGs that were not multiplanes were of varying mediums. of course the paint on the glass was oil but many were painted with watercolor or thinly with oil. it seemed that what ever the artist was more comfortable using it was just fine. we had to use these BG’s to copy from and learn the technique so I was surprised that they weren’t all the same.
I suspect that often the glass plates were covered with a neutral color, grey, so that when the glass moved over another plate nothing showed through a thinly painted level. we still did that when we painted on cel and oddly enough still do when we are on the computer. also if the paint is thin on the sides of an area whenever that overlay level passed over the one below and the below level was dark the edges on the one above would appear to ghost when the camera lights would hit it, so it needed to be backed carefully. you see some of that especially in the opening shot.
transferring the layout with a metal stylus was used with graphite paper turned downward and the layout used on top using the stylus so not to ruin the layout. If no graphite paper could be had we often made our own.
Anyway I’m sure you know all of this but I though if you hadn’t seen the old building where the glass plates were you might enjoy the story.

thank you so much for that insight, LISA.

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nr. 555

23 08 2010

this is post nr.555 and I want to go back a few years. the photographs were taken during the seventies and show my main teachers and good friends who I owe a lot to. now I am teaching myself and can imagine the hard time they had with me as a student. from the same period are the two academic studies I did during the first two years in artschool with their guidance, and some sketches about thirty years later just for fun.

wolf erlbruch 3

21 08 2010

all book-illustrations and calendar sheets were created by WOLF ERLBRUCH and published by PETER HAMMER VERLAG, wuppertal, germany

© wolf erlbruch / peter hammer verlag

moments 14

19 08 2010

…compiled from commercials and music-clips from the eighties and nineties

severino baraldi 2

17 08 2010

some more children book illustrations from the seventies created by italian illustrator SEVERINO BARALDI. in all his work I admire the most his knowledge of costumes throughout the different styles of the past centuries. and he always adds some phantasy elements that make the characters look like the actors on an opera stage. his technique is very interesting as well, the use of all his textures was in those pre-photoshop times a bit more complicated. it looks like he worked a lot with a sponge technique, as well as added color pencil on a rough cardboard surface.

© severino baraldi

comparison 5

14 08 2010

some more layouts and the recreated corresponding backgrounds from disney’s BAMBI and 101 DALMATIANS.

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