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A Disney Sketchbook    designed by Tim Palin & Alfred Giuliani order for
Disney Sketchbook
by Tim Palin
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here's a prime example of where a picture or series of sketches, to be more exact, are worth thousands of words. This oversized volume contains page upon page of pencil studies from the animators at the Disney Studio.

The drawings represent the entire range of animation development from the origins of ideas to fully conceived characters.

As you turn the pages it's as if you are standing behind the artist gazing down at his or her sketchbook. On one page you'll discover a series of action sketches of Goofy. The iconic dog walks, jumps and begs for food and that well known doggy face displays a number of expressions.

A few pages later you'll discover the basic head sketches for a lion with a few printed notes on what is right and wrong with the preliminary art work.

'The concept for this publishing project was to build an artifact a sketchbook that may have been passed around The Walt Disney Studio lot, one in which artists have studied each other's work over very different periods of time, and then added their own sketches and ideas to inform succeeding generations of visual storytellers,' writes Ken Shu, in the book's foreword. 'We haven't found such a sketchbook yet, so we made one of our own until we do.'

By actually seeing how various characters slowly took shape in the artists' studios, the reader is given the opportunity to follow the creative process. The assumption is that the individual who opens this collection of sketches has some knowledge of the craft and will benefit from seeing what happens when these professionals sit down with a pencil and sketch pad and let the creative juices flow.

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