farmyard symphony 2

9 11 2010

during the production of disney’s MULAN I always had an inspiration-folder with me, a collection of illustrations, layouts and backgrounds from all different sources. one major part was from a disney 1938 SILLY SYMPHONY – FARMYARD SYMPHONY. the style of the layout drawings was interesting, the way the wooden posts, the grass and straw, the cottages were translated. thicker, rounded shapes that made them look like woodcut toys and reminded me a bit of the romantic 1900s LUDWIG RICHTER woodcut illustrations. there was no overloaded detail in these layouts, just where it was needed. and the same simplicity was so well copied and even enhanced in the soft watercolor backgrounds. the colors were earthy and subdued, and the light created an early morning mood. just in total a perfect balance with the characters reading clearly on that stage. I am still in awe whenever I look at these masterpieces created over seventy years ago.




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more poortvliet

7 11 2010

about two years ago I posted the first illustrations of the dutch master-painter/illustrator RIEN POORTVLIET ( here ), here now is some more. from his books HET BRIESCHEND PAARD, 1978 van holkema & warendorf bussum publ. and LANGS HET TUINPAD VAN MIJN VADEREN, 1987 uigeversmaatschappij j.h.kok kampen publ. the first is just about horses, the other about rien’s family’s history going back to the 1600s. both books like all of his other publications beautifully illustrated in every single technique and style you can think of.









© rien poortvliet / van holkema & warendorf bussum publ./ uigeversmaatschappij j.h.kok kampen publ.





cover

5 11 2010

during the time in 1989, when DAAN JIPPES and I worked together on the pre-production of disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in L.A., DAAN helped me out with some merchandise illustrations for ALFRED J.KWAK. blue-pencil sketch and inking by the master himself, illustration size about 20 x 20 cm.



© harlekijn, van veen, siepermann, bacher





alley

4 11 2010

one of the numerous longer pan-backgrounds for the AMBLIMATION/UNIVERSAL production WE’RE BACK! A DINOSAUR’S STORY, released 1993. DANIEL CACOUAULT, who did hundreds of BG-keys for the macy’s parade, painted this beautiful watercolor piece.

© amblin/universal pictures





november mood

3 11 2010





rhythm

2 11 2010

three recreated longer pans from BUMBLE BOOGIE, part of disney’s MELODY TIME, released may 1948.



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