Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hubba Blubba

Whale Ambergris. Original Disney Illustration, 1950s, Paul Hartley
Original gouache on illustration board for
Volume 4, Number 5, August 1959
Pgs. 8/9
Artist: Paul Hartley 

A whale seems to have coughed up his chewing gum (actually ambergris!) in this original illustration.  A favorite...this was my screensaver for about 5 months.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Time Gallops On...
A terrific circus-themed paper collage created for Walt Disney Magazine in the 1950s.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

CHICKEN OF THE SEA TUNA PIRATE SHIP RESTAURANT Disneyland Chicken of the Sea Restaurant Sketch, 1955
One of the world's most unique restaurants, Fantasyland's landmark galleon is wonderfully rendered - as an initial concept sketch and finished watercolor painting- for a 1955 newspaper publicity insert.
Disneyland Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant Painting, 1955
What I found fascinating is that this artwork was re-purposed as one of the Park's earliest souvenir postcards. If you happen to have handy a copy of the book "The Nickel Tour" by Imagineers Bruce Gordon and David Mumford, flip to page 21, card #0015. A shocker, isn't it!

The newspaper caption that accompanied this illustration reads:
"Riding gently at anchor in the heart of Fantasyland, the CHICKEN OF THE SEA TUNA PIRATE SHIP RESTAURANT is a magic must for meals and snacks, when you visit Disneyland. Here in the world's most colorful cafeteria, designed by Walt Disney, you will enjoy both the food and fun offered by the greatest name in sea foods, CHICKEN OF THE SEA."

Friday, April 18, 2008

Disneyland Billboard Design 1955

Disneyland Billboard Design 1955
Originally uploaded by Miehana
A fabulous concept for a freeway billboard promoting Walt Disney's new playland in Anaheim. Pastel and gouache. Artist unknown.

Note the proposed Monstro the Whale water slide attraction, and the knights dukin' it out in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle! One of the most fun pieces of original Disneyland artwork I've ever seen.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Original Illustration - The Hardy Boys
We just returned from a two-week adventure throughout Germany with our dear friend, American folk artist Debbee Thibault. An incredible trip, and I'll share some of it soon.

In the meantime, while I'm coping with the jet lag, here are a couple fantastic mid-century illustrations of jets by artists Herb Ryman and Paul Wenzel. Tschüss!

Original Illustration - Jet