pegbar club

31 12 2012


as far as I remember in summer 1997 don hahn, john watkiss and myself started the PEGBAR CLUB. it was a ‘joint venture’ with a small restaurant PIACERE in the industrial area of glendale, where the DISNEY animation studio was located for a while and where the DREAMWORKS studio is today. the idea behind it was to create a reason to meet wednesdays after work, and that was for everybody in the animation business in L.A. not only disney. the photo-collage below is from the opening night. for all different reasons it did not last for too long, maybe the area was not too inviting. but at least for some weeks it was something new in boring burbank/glendale.



russell patterson

30 12 2012

my first post about RUSSELL PATTERSON’S work was in december 2009 – ‘the patterson girl’, you can see it here. below is now the complete collection I got from JOE GRANT.

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© russell patterson

color study 797

29 12 2012

BG 10-2220


28 12 2012

JUGEND was a weekly cultural magazine in germany in the late 19th century. the idea of the editor, GEORG HIRTH, was to break into a new philosophy, a new way of seeing art. and the publication soon became style-setting and launched the german ART NOUVEAU movement, JUGENDSTIL ( young style ) named after the magazine.
during my last years in the DISNEY-studio I became close to JOE GRANT, one of the longest lasting original artists of the old disney era. he had been walt disney’s close friend and advisor during the late thirties and forties, and had been the head of the visual development team and responsible for the first ideas of all feature films at that time. he started to work with a new generation of artists after a break in the late 80s. joe grant had the most amazing collection of books and magazines about art starting in the late 19th century, especially german publications like SIMPLICISSIMUS and JUGEND. every other day he brought some of these treasure books to the studio and I had a chance to look through them and xerox whatever I liked. those where the good times! below are some of these gems. after the cover of one of the JUGEND magazines I chose a series of beautiful very early HEINRICH KLEY illustrations. I am sure you will enjoy these gems…


walk in the park

27 12 2012

father+son flat

merry christmas

25 12 2012

I want to share with you some of my favorite illustrations created by WILHELM M.BUSCH. the first two are rough sketches showing pretty well how he ‘sculpted’ his drawings. he made changes in different colors and with different tools in the same sketch, mixing ballpoint-pen with feltpen, watercolor and gouache. the images remind me of notes written down while reading a text, so light and effortless. the pen and ink drawing is a final illustration, full alive like a snapshot from a film.


© wilhelm m.busch

style 11.1

24 12 2012

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the look of the city has changed over the last centuries, some of them grew from small marketplaces in medieval times to huge sizes with tens of millions of people. the once atmospheric cosy environments turned into concrete jungle, with architecture not for people anymore. artists all over the world have captured these changes through their eyes in very different styles. this incredible variety is fascinating for me and it might influence your work as well, in case you need to get some ideas about URBAN LIFE.

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