MastroNet Winter 2003
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Among the most closely guarded pieces in the Disney archives are any original model sheets hand-drawn by their illustrators. These rarities are also coveted by any serious Disney art collectors. In 1961, Colorforms decided to produce a non-vinyl game featuring leading characters from Disney's enviable stable. The Disney Studio Art Set would instruct children in drawing their favorite Disney character by providing studio-drawn examples in booklet form with appropriate drawing tools. Now, Disney could have sent Colorforms a series of stats to use for the five four-page booklets and achieved the desired result. Incredibly, they provided Colorforms with 20 individual original 11" x 14" hand-drawn model sheets in pencil on tissue. There are four pages for each of five characters - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Dumbo. Each quartet provides exquisite examples of the character designated "Drawing Guide" (averaging five images on a page), "Expressions" (averaging eight images on a page), "Action Lines" (averaging five images on a page) and "Final steps and full figure." The pages for even one character are rare and impossible to obtain today. The portfolio contains the full four page set of original sheets for five different characters. The art is crisp and each sheet is NM despite its four-decade life. There is one blue paper cover that once held the entire array, stapled together, that bears the Disney Studio seal on the back. Also in the materials is the fabulous original 18" x 13" W/C painted art for the cover that also depicts all five of the characters, with a paper cover that bears the Disney Studio Seal. Colors on the painting are bright and bold. The remaining production materials include: a hand-lettered art course booklet with concept drawings for design of the booklet pages and mock-ups; master type proof; bklt. mech. w/concept drawings; ad mech.'s and prf.; bklt. mech. cover mech. and prf.; prog.'s; pos.'s; and a game (VG/EX box w/EX/MT insides). We have illustrated the collection with the four pages of Mickey, and one page each for the other characters. The complete 20 model sheets may be viewed on our internet auction site.
"Walt Disney Studio Art Set" - 1961
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