Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Disney Book Illustrations

As a kid I was always searching for new Disney books which told stories using original stills from the movie. Looking at those film stills it felt like the movie stopped, and I had the chance to study the images thoroughly. Background paintings, inked or xeroxed cels and the overall color mood.
Then I discovered the Disney Golden Books. The pages in them showed special illustrations, in which the staging was often re-arranged to tell the story in a comprehensive way. Veteran studio background artists like Al Dempster, Gustaf Tenggren and even Mary Blair created beautiful paintings in Gauche or Watercolor.
Disney Editions recently published The Art of Disney Golden Books by Charles Solomon. It has great insight into the history of this popular book series. The art work is brilliantly reproduced, and each illustrator is profiled. I highly recommend this book:


  1. I already have it. Its truly an amazing book.

    I find myself enjoying some disney artwork more than the movie itself at times (only at times). Recently, the drawings they used for something like Frozen books, were astounding.

  2. I have very similar taste in original artwork! I love the Mary Blair gouache paintings that she did often as concept art for the movies she worked on. I've added this book to my ever expanding Wishlist on amazon. Thanks again Adreas!

  3. Andreas, do you think it would be possible for you to provide a way to download all of Milt's drawings all at once, somehow? It would be amazing to be able to share the collection of images you have...

  4. You know, I also spent a lot of time looking for books with actual movie stills. I still own (and prize) a decent-sized collection of them.