Thursday, May 10, 2012

Another Color Kley

How about this Heinrich Kley beauty?
An eerie fantastical underwater scene with some kind of a sea horse, a lagoon type creature and who knows what else. Kley was such a prolific artist, he illustrated story books, he rendered architectural designs, he did postcards and of course those famous pen and ink drawings of animals, fantasy creatures and humans.

If you want to see some of his originals up close, head over to the amazing
Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Walt owned quite a few Kley originals, and the Museum currently showcases a selection. Here is the link with some more info about the exhibit :


  1. Even though they are old drawings. I find it rather modern looking. It fills like it is in water.

  2. There is a painting on Craigslist that claims to be painted by you but does not resemble what I have seen of your work. Is this legit?

    Thanks ... Mike

  3. I love how eerie the colors are - can't stop looking at it :D

  4. Wonderful!
    Now i know where to go next time I'm in San Fran!

  5. Adreas I just had a question, I know many Disney artist had aids with life action reference and models and really anything at there disposal. But I still know all you guys can draw so well from imagination. I know its a very important skill to learn, so many people can gather reference off the computer, or from anywhere, but few people and teachers seem to understand or believe for that matter it is possible to draw from imagination. Many illustrators for years and fine artist have always used models. I know that even many comic artist like Alex Raymond use models. But in that field of comic art that seems to be where a lot of artist learn the skill of drawing from imagination. I'm absolutely positive that John Buscema drew almost everything out of his head, and he learned this skill well. Hal Foster as well didn't use models. I'm sure there are many others as well, but there some what hard to find. My question is, do you know of any artist to learn from, or to study from, that draw from imagination that could help an artist to learn and be inspired in this way? I'm partly saying this, because you posted Henrich Kley, and Ive been wondering for awhile knowing he was a big influence on Disney's artist. Do you know about Kleys process at all, did he draw from imagination, sometimes I wonder if he drew with straight ink as well?

  6. Both. Kley would sketch in ink, for a composed illustration he would use pencil first, then ink it or use oil, watercolor etc.
    As far as inspiration, just study the greats from popular arts and fine arts. Kley, Sullivant, Frazetta, French comic artists, Gustav Klimt, Degas,
    Picasso....all of them.

    1. Thanks a lot Andreas, I was particularly looking for artist that put the figure in difficult positions without reference, it seems Kley did this. I remember Keane saying something like its not that you can't draw certain positions, its just that you haven't seen the figure in those positions enough. Thanks for your advice.

  7. Yeah was on hiatus from the studio last week and went up to the Kley exhibit. It was pretty awesome. It left me wanting to see more. The WDFM was really good also. Seeing some of the old art was a real treat. The Old Mill BG and some of the other BG's and development art soothed my cravings for more Kley. Oh and learning who Claude Coats was. Really exciting since I do BG's. You had mentioned something about having a Last Supper of Kley's. Do you think you could post an image of that. I would love to see it.