Monday, May 22, 2017

Kley in Color

Some extraordinary Heinrich Kley pieces were offered and sold recently at Kunkel Fine Art.
Drawing treasures from about a century ago. What joy to study these master drawings.

Here is the link to the website:


  1. Impressive pieces.

    The style - shapes, lines, anatomy, expressions - reminds me quite a bit of comic artist Kevin O'Neill's work:

    I'd assume that he was heavily influenced by Kley, but I wonder what the actual story is.

    1. I hardly see something in common between the two artists… Kley drawing is very loose with a lot of confidence and O’Neill line is not loose at all.

    2. Have you seen more of O'Neill's art beyond that tiny gallery of book covers?

  2. Thank you for this amazing blog and all the wonderful forgotten artwork you post, especially the concept art by classic Disney animators. I am ordering your book.

    How do you find such classic artwork? Is it because you worked at Disney they let you have access to archives. Either way, it's amazing and appreciated.

    I also follow the Lost Media forums and someone is posting some classic animation model sketches they inherited. I said I'd help figure out the origins:

    I think this scene they posted first is from the Disney Peter Pan, but I'm not sure if it is or who it is by. Any guesses? Maybe you know the full storyboards/models for this pieces, or they are in your book.

    Thank you for all your work!