Thursday, January 08, 2009

Uncle Remus Golden Book composition 19


Here is some great staging and painting!

29 comments:

Caleb said...

Those are amazing. The insides look better than the cover.

Andy J. Latham said...

Hi John, is there anywhere online we could find scans of the whole Remus book? I love the artwork but can't afford the huge price of an out-of-print copy. Do you plan to scan the whole book? (Assuming you have a copy of course)

Cheers!

Chickens and Beandip said...

K these are really really nice.

Zorrilla said...

The one where they are crossing the bridge is amazing... look at those silhouettes! Great use of color and lighting! It's perfect!

The rest are all great too! Nice use of shapes to frame the important figures. Great coloring in 4 & 5.

The cover is in a completely different style! Very nice too, I prefer the other artist though.

Trevor Thompson said...

Beautiful!

- trevor.

MLP said...

One of my all-time favorite books, primarily for the pictures.

Ssin said...

These are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

-Sin

Niki said...

I have a Giant Golden book with one of the Uncle Remus stories in it. But it doesn't have all of those great pictures.

M. R Darbyshire said...

I love how the color varies on each page so much

Second to last is beautiful, reminds me of paintings that were all over my grandmother's house. I ought to try that color scheme if I try painting backgrounds.

'Nother great post, John.

Mattieshoe said...

These are amazing!

Some of the best art I've ever seen from a golden book.

Can we get some breakdowns of these paintings?

Brian Churilla said...

Wow. These are absolutely spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing them.

Tony said...

I really like that last one. Clear staging really helps one to get into the picture and live there.

Shawn said...

I had that book when I was a kid. I wonder whatever happened to it...I wish I still had it. Every page in that book is amazing!

Pete Emslie said...

That last image of Br'er Rabbit fishing is a great example of how to lead the viewer's eye through the picture. If you start out looking at Br'er Rabbit in the foreground, the eye travels through the fishing rod down to the lure, then across to the frog, up through the tree roots to the trunk, then curving down through the limb and Spanish moss to settle on Uncle Remus and his cabin. Also the curve of the tops of the trees in the background reinforces it. If you squint at the picture, there is also a really nice spotting of light and dark values that balance out the composition. Yeah, Bill Justice and Al Dempster sure knew their stuff!

Fulle Circle Productions said...

Wow! This is amazing stuff, I have never seen this before!

craigp said...

thanks for posting these

MLP said...

The insides look better than the cover.

Shhh! Don't say that so loud around John: the cover is by Mary Blair.

Bill Perkins said...

Terrific scans John. I had this book when I was a kid, I hung onto it for years. I thought it had the best artwork of any Golden book adaptation of a Disney Movie. A few years ago I picked up a very old copy the "Bongo" large format Golden Book. It came close- very nice - but Bill Justice and Al Dempster really shone on "Uncle Remus"

Shotgun_Mario said...

I just watched a copy of that movie last night, and I have to agree, the character animation in there is top notch. Shame that disney won't officially release it onto a newer format...

Pat said...

More please! These are all fantastic!

Steven said...

I especially like this picture

http://img71.imageshack.us/my.php?image=remus07bigcr9.jpg

(This is from A Giant Golden Book, with 23 stories, by the way)

Doug said...

unbelievable colors - breathtaking really

robward said...

All very delicious, very - except that Br'er Fox & Crow line of action is freaking me out, man.

Is it me or is that a little off?

tobor68 said...

this is a great book. i found one at a yard sale, early printing, for $1.

nice that the format is large sized.

Kristen McCabe said...

Wow! those are some inspiring paintings.

Stephen Worth said...

Uncle Remus Stories (with the Mary Blair cover) is at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive...

http://www.animationarchive.org/2008/11/illustration-uncle-remus-stories-1949.html

H. Sick said...

Pete,

You're right about how this picture led my eye through it

http://www.animationarchive.org/pics/remus04x-big.jpg

Though my eye found Remus by traveling along the river, rather than up the tree and down the moss, I can see how the tree being there directed where I was looking.

How is it, do you suppose, that our eyes find Br're Rabbit a the place to begin or "enter the picture."

Is it just because he's in the foreground, and has an outline?

This works so beautifully, yet it would be my instinct to start the viewer at the lower or center right.

James said...

I've managed to hold onto this book, even after growing up and moving across the continent a few times, it's one of my favourites.

Unfortunately, I was told I shouldn't bring it in to show my students because of the 'potentially racist message' it might suggest.

* sigh *

kirsten said...

We had this book when I was little!!!! I wish I still had it, my mom read it to us all the time- in dialect too!! I made color copies from a copy the local library had, but it;s not the same!!