Thursday, September 06, 2007

That 70s Development Art

Another page (or rather, double page) out of the 1977 Disney recruiting booklet [(c) WDP].

Those big color studies in the center are by Mel Shaw. They were early development work for The Black Cauldron, which came out almost a decade later. (Mel could always work wonders with colored paper and pastel chalk.)

That black-and-white drawing on the far right of the dog chasing the fox is a piece by Dave Michener for the feature then in production. (Dave had worked with Ken Anderson for a couple of years, and Ken's style is evident in Dave's work)...

The character studies at the top are more Black Cauldron and Fox and Hound development art, also by Mel Shaw. The hummingbird at lower left looks like a piece by Burny Mattinson, a fifty-year veteran with the studio. (if I ever knew what film it was created for, I've long since forgotten.)

3 comments:

Bill said...

That hummingbird looks suspiciously like the one from Pocahontas...maybe someone saw a copy of this brochure when they first started at Disney and it popped up in their subconscious twenty years later...

anim8ed said...

That hummingbird sure is a dead ringer for Flit from Pocahontas! Great ideas and designs evidently do resurface. Good stuff, thanks for sharing!

CT said...

Mel Shaw contributed much to the world of art and we are happy to announce the launch of his official website. There you can view original Mel Shaw artwork and learn more about this important artist. www.MelShawStudios.com

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