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Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Renaissance Man    by Disney order for
Marc Davis
by Disney
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2014 (2014)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

A master of many mediums from oil and watercolors to ink and graphite, Marc Davis loved sketching. He loved depicting animals, people and landscapes. Most importantly, he was never satisfied with his technique; in other words, Davis was continually seeking ways to increase his knowledge and hone his abilities as both a draftsman and painter.

Although this skilled individual would have been welcomed in any number of firms where his skills would have been appreciated, he was one of Walt Disney's stalwarts. 'Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me,' said Walt Disney. 'All I have to do is tell him what I want and it's there! He's my Renaissance man.'

During his 43 year tenure with the company Davis utilized his unparalleled abilities to create characters, design Disneyland rides (Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean) and became one of Disney's most lauded creative talents.

The ten chapters in this marvelous book are written by different Disney colleagues and staff. They range from animal studies, Davis' sketchbooks and the anatomy of motion to Imagineering, fine art and special projects such as Chanticleer and the Divine Miss Alice (Marc's wife).

Whether you are an artist, a fan of the Disney Studios or just someone who appreciates fine art, this beautifully illustrated tribute to Marc Davis will be a book you'll enjoy paging through over and over again. It is truly something special and worth twice the price!

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