dragon abstract

4 11 2015


during the production of disney’s MULAN I designed a t-shirt motif, mushu and abstract art. it might have been too abstract, was never done.

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disney in space 2

1 11 2015

man in space celebrities 2

here are the makers of the programm, in case you recognize more. let me know…

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disney in space 1

28 10 2015

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below are compilations of for disney standards very stylized scenes from three specials produced for the DISNEYLAND TV-series – march 1955 MAN IN SPACE, dec.1955 MAN AND THE MOON, and april 1957 MARS AND BEYOND. they were all directed by WARD KIMBALL, you can see the other credits in the first comp. the prophetic and as we know now pretty accurate view of space exploration was explained by the scientists PROF.HEINZ HABER and WERNHER VON BRAUN. I will have more soon, scenes from the cartoony segments of the shows.

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4 07 2015

the following scenes from one of my favorite disney classic 101 DALMATIANS from 1961 show how far the artists in the studio had developed. not only in animation, especially MILT KAHL and MARC DAVIS at the peak of their art, – every single ingredient shows the same level of perfection. starting with a unique storyboard completely finished by one of the best – BILL PEET. the overall very stylized design of the film by KEN ANDERSON and an amazing layout and BG-department. all that combined in a new technology, the XEROX-process, that made it possible to bring 101 animated dogs to the screen, and – eliminated the ink and paint step in production, allowing us to see the original drawings of the animators.
the scenes that I selected are not in order of the story. they might show you the beauty of every single composition and color combination in those scenes. a true masterpiece.

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101 Dal comp 1
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beauty !

1 07 2015


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mulan findings 10

17 03 2015


that’s how MUSHU looked like around mid 1995. CHEN-YI CHENG came up with that version. as you can see the design is very much influenced by chinese dragon pictures and sculptures, the cartoony touch is missing. disney had given me the opportunity to invite comic strip artists from all over the world, artists who could give us different ideas about the look of the film MULAN. REGIS LOISEL was the first comic strip ‘giant’ I invited. you can see his designs in some of my earlier posts. another artist who joined us for 2 weeks was vietnamese born belgian comic strip artist and painter VINH KHOA. and in summer 1995 my former partner on the ALFRED J.KWAK comic strip and tv-series, HARALD SIEPERMANN, came to L.A. for a few weeks. harald concentrated on MUSHU, and as you can see below, added the missing cartoony touch to the character.


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clair de lune

10 02 2015

the recreated longer pan background is from the disney animated short compilation MAKE MINE MUSIC from 1946. it was titled BLUE BAYOU, the song performed by the KEN DARBY SINGERS, after it was originally produced and completed for disney’s FANTASIA in 1940. the original music at that time was CLAIR DE LUNE by composer CLAUDE DEBUSSY. disney decided to cut the segment out of FANTASIA because even without it the film was already 125 min long. in the BLUE BAYOU you see two egrets flying through the everglades at night with a full moon, all done with lots of water-effects and several background layers on the multiplane camera.

blue bayou

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