Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Marc Davis, Fine Artist, Animator

I have written before about Marc Davis' many artistic talents. Here are a few more examples that showcase the wide scope of his skills. I just love the nude study above which goes all the way back to 1939. Marc had finished clean up animation on Snow White, and here he shows his expertise for depicting the female form. Come to think of it, that type of pose is actually quite ordinary, but loose brush strokes, gorgeous color and a semi abstract back drop make this an extraordinary image. I think Marc did about a handful of these bold, quick sketch nudes.

The confrontation of a bull with a big cat is not dated, but my guess would be the mid 1950s.
A beautiful composition in which the animals are pictured with "decorative anatomy", for lack of a better word.

At the studio Marc had no problem switching over to realistic animation. Many of you might not have known that beside his astounding portrayal of Tinker Bell in the film Peter Pan, he also animated Mary Darling.
An amazing man, who continued to experiment throughout his life as a fine artist as well as an animator.


  1. As a Christmas gift I got the new biographical work Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Renaissance Man. Thank you for your contribution to that book, and for your posts about Marc and his art. They are something to which I always look forward.

  2. It was so wonderful to see his work in person at the Disney Family Museum. Hearing you and Bob talk about your experience with him was great, but Alice really stole the show! She was hilarious!

    Marc's animation is obviously stunning, but I especially love seeing his personal projects. It shows a different angle on an amazing artist. Thanks for sharing!