Saturday, June 8, 2019

Rare Marc Davis Drawings




Here are a few of Marc's drawings from three Disney feature films that haven't been circulated online.
A couple of his polished story sketches for Bambi show his thorough understanding of animal anatomy as well as a feeling for entertainment. I believe Marc spent a total of six years on the film. Most of them in story, then in animation (Flower, the skunk).




One of those mysterious doodle sheets. On the right of course is Flower, a motion study with structural accuracy. The other sketches look like telephone doodles to me.



Color designs for Cinderella's Fairy Godmother and the Prince.
The inscription is wrong, Cinderella already premiered in 1950.
It's interesting, the Fairy Godmother looks pretty much like Milt Kahl's final animation.



An animation drawing of Aurora which was later redrawn for the film with a stronger jawline.
Here she looks sixteen years old, in the movie more like twenty-six (still beautiful though).



Maleficent turns away from the King and Queen after finding out she had not been invited to the princess' Christening. "Well, in that event, I'd best be on my waY".
Marc underlines the ending of the word "way" to remind himself of the proper mouth shape.



Thanks to my friend Wil for providing scans of these beautiful drawings. 

I am recommending this book on Marc Davis' art:
MARC DAVIS: WALT DISNEY"S RENAISSANCE MAN

And the upcoming book on Marc's work as an imagineer:
MARC DAVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS: IMAGINEERING THE DISNEY THEME PARKS


4 comments:

  1. Hi Andreas,

    I follow your blog since many years and i still love it ! it's always a pleasure to show these incredible drawings by animation masters.
    I bought drawings recently and i don't know who is the draftman. Can you know the artist ?

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  2. Marc was a master at drawing women and animals, especially deer! These are beautiful to look at, Andreas. Thank you for sharing them. I noticed that too! Princess Aurora always seemed to look like she would be in her early 20s as opposed to have just turned 16. The line work is amazing nevertheless! - Matthew Rapuano

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  3. You have a wonderful works in this blog! I got it today and I had a great time looking at it. It inspires me to draw!

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