Before the animation begins: the art and lives of Disney inspirational sketch artists

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Hyperion, Nov 14, 1996 - Art - 209 pages
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Born from daydreams, meditations on color, character and form, and sheer inventiveness, Disney's pioneering animated films begin in the imagination of the "inspirational sketch" artist. Allowed to work with an unprecedented degree of creative freedom, these talented painters, designers, and illustrators attempt to conjure the "look" of a film - the appearance of characters, the action's locale, the mood, and the use of color; in short, the film's aura and feel. The result is some of the most beautiful and intriguing art to come out of the Disney studios. For the first time ever, noted animation historian John Canemaker chronicles the lives and work of the "inspirational sketch" artists from the thirties to the present, situating them in the history of modern art and analyzing their lives and interactions with the studio (and Walt Disney himself).

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Both of these heavily illustrated books look at two less celebrated sections of the Disney empire, and the rare artwork that both contain is their strongest asset. Canemaker's book is on the people ... Read full review

Contents

Part Two Golden Age Inspirations
51
Bianca Majolie 97
Part Four Inspiring Eclecticism 143
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About the author (1996)

Canemaker makes animated films, writes books, and teaches at New York University, where he is head of the Animation Department.