balto backgrounds 2

19 11 2016

some more BG’s from the AMBLIMATION animated feature film BALTO ( 1994 ), painting technique oil and gouache.












© universal / amblin


balto backgrounds

13 11 2016

digging through my photography files I found these beautiful backgrounds from the AMBLIMATION animated feature film BALTO, except the last one all painted in oil by LUC DESMARCHELIER, one of the master-painters. it’s the year 1993, london. we decided to paint most of the BG’s in oil after painted snow tests in gouache were not looking like snow. only some wooden textured house shots and a few interiors were painted in gouache. it was hard for most of the background painters to get more familiar with this unusual painting technique in animation. after disney’s BAMBI BALTO was the second feature film painted in oil.

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© amblimation / universal pictures

recreated animated treasures 1

2 10 2016

now that I got most of my favorite animated films in blu-ray I realized with pain I probably have to redo most of my recreated backgrounds. they were all done with screen captures from DVD’s. you can see in the recreated BG from disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY below the big difference, so much more detail and it nearly looks like the original artwork in front of you. blu-ray even reveals sloppy jobs or painting mistakes once in a while. this forest BG might not exist like that in the disney archives, because it was painted in 3 different layers, a masterpiece! I am sure it was painted by EYVIND EARLE himself.


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24 11 2012

here are a few more recreated backgrounds from FLEISCHER’S SUPERMAN shorts, some pretty impressive city views. all from 1942, ELECTRIC EARTHQUAKE, MAGNETIC TELESCOPE, SHOWDOWN and BULLETEERS.

© fleischer studios

snow white BG’s 3

15 07 2012

a few more recreated backgrounds from disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

© disney enterprises, inc

comparison 7

1 01 2012

here we go – another year. hopefully a good one, – I doubt it – too many dark clouds on the horizon! anyway, I want to start the BLOG-year with some beautiful artwork, already over fifty years old but for me better than most of the film-design artwork I see today. the disney animated feature film 101 DALMATIANS was released january 25, 1961, the first of the disney films that had a very different style. the animation was xeroxed and showed for the first time most of the original drawings of the animators. the corresponding backgrounds matched the loose lines of the animation perfect, the background details in line were xeroxed as well and the cels placed over the slightly offset gouache colored backgrounds. stylistically a masterpiece. following are a few layout drawings with the recreated backgrounds.

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15 09 2008

again – disney’s BAMBI. every single background in this film is a masterpiece. I guess there are about 1.200. and sometimes the most impressive are the less spectacular ones, like these rocks in the middle of the meadow. look at the reflective color, the grey-violets in the middle of muted yellow-greens. the painter did not copy a reference photograph, he knew how far he could go with the color combinations. just a bit too much violet or yellow and it would have looked horrible, like a lot of the backgrounds I see today. the biggest problem in those days was the transfer to film and the result after the film was developed. in technicolor you had to paint completely different to achieve the desired colors on film. all paint-colors had to be mixed with a certain amount of grey, but too much of it would have made them look dull on film. even when we did MULAN it took a while to create the range of muted colors that were allowed, and to find out how the result on film would look like. it was a nightmare! imagine, half a century after the creation of BAMBI, with all the so called improvements in technology. and still sometimes we thought the guys back then did a better job! they had to paint in oil, consider the different color range through several layers of glass – unbelieveable!

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