Concept Sketches from Four Pioneers of Disney’s Golden Age

In researching the Disney Animation Studio Library, author Dider Ghez uncovers previously unseen concept drawings and sketches from four pioneering artists of the 1930s; Albert Hunter, Ferdinand Horvarth, Gustav Tenggren, and Bianca Majolica. Including concept artwork from The Old Mill and many other early Disney shorts, They Drew as They Pleased also features beautiful artwork from Snow White, Pinocchio and Fantasia – some acting as mood pieces to inspire their fellow animators and others actual paintings destined for film.

A notably darker, more gothic tone is apparent for those used to Disney’s current output – particularly in the intimate work of Gustav Tenggren – but the 1930s is a fascinating period of inspiration and ambition, fueled by the often bleak Grimm’s Fairy Tales, classical painters and experimentation with contemporary art styles. Character designs are rich with personality and locations are dripping with atmosphere – all elements that contribute to these timeless classics. The first volume in a promised six focusing on each decade up to the 1990s, The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age is definitely one for your collection.

They Drew as they Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age – The 1930s by Didier Ghez
Chronicle Books
28.6 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
208 Pages