The Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series is a four volume set consisting almost solely of images and material taken from the Disney Research Library. The content over the four volumes is hugely varied - ranging from storyboards, animation frames, quickly drawn character sketches to perfectly rendered concept art and background designs. I could of featured any one of the four books currently released, but as almost everyone on CG Arts is in the midst of creating worlds and developing their own visual style in 2D form, it seemed apt to recommend Design - the most spectacular book in the series.
Design features sometimes rarely seen before concept art and designs of just about every major film Disney Animation Studios has produced. There's nothing quite like looking at page after page of lovingly realised art work, and at a meaty 250 pages, the book delivers that expectation in spades. It's relatively new therefore covers shorts and feature films from as early as 1928 all the the way into 2010. As a visual history of the development of Disney's visual style it's all encompassing.
Current Disney Animation Studios CEO John Lassester provides an informative introduction but afterwards, a paragraph of text isn't to be seen. This is a pure showcase of work from some of the unbelievable artistic talent - who often remain anonymous - Disney has housed over the years.
"Whether it consists of quick sketches on a paper napkin, elaborate paintings in oil or watercolous or dazzling computer renderings, the unparalleled creative process of Disney artists is here collected and showcased. Among the incredible talents featured are Albert Hurter, Disney legend Joe Grant, Gustaf Tenggren and many more. Third in The Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series, this volume focused on design gives readers a rare opportunity to glimpse some of the most spectacular treasured from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library."
(The Princess and the Frog by Armand Baltazar)
(The Jungle Book, character line-up by Ken Anderson)
(Alice in Wonderland by Mary Blair)