Here are a few other previous posts on Penny:
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
I have always loved the inroduction scenes of Tramp. They start with a shot of the "other side of the tracks" as far as Lady's world is concerned. This gorgeous layout drawing depicts a kind of countryside setting. The final version shows the outskirts of a small midwestern town around 1909.
Again...the artistic caliber at the Disney Studio is astonishing. From layout sketch to background painting to the character animation that follows. Admittedly, during the 1950s other studios were experimenting with more modern graphic styles. Disney had started to dabble in modernism with the terrific short film Toot, Whistle. Plunk and Boom from 1953. And a fresh graphic change would take shape at the studio starting with the release of Sleeping Beauty in 1959.
But you can't knock this old fashioned Norman Rockwell-like styling. At least I can't.
Monday, September 13, 2021
From the Jungle Gazette:
Young Wilbur Lion is home from his triumphal tour with the Mammoth Circus. "Welcome home, Wilbur."
Life Magazine, fall 1925
This beauty measures 16 1/2 x 10 1/2". Drawn almost 100 years ago. Sullivant's quadrupeds are walking on their toes here. By contrast Disney would later put the bodyweight of anthropomorphic animals on the whole length of the foot, like humans (Song of the South, Robin Hood etc.) As so often in his work Sullivant keeps the background to a minimum, so the characters read clearly and beautifully.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Here is another one of those questionaires that someone sent to various artists from the entertainment industry, years ago. Kimball answers them in typical fashion.
I posted Ollie Johnston's answers a while ago: