Maurice Noble original layouts (top and third from top), graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper, and their matching backgrounds, gouache on art board by Phil DeGuard, appearing in the 1966 Chuck Jones-directed half-hour animated television special, “Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
One of the best background and layout artists in the animation business was Maurice Noble, who was especially noted for his work at Warner Bros. in the ‘50s. These are four of his concept paintings for Chuck Jones’s “Boyhood Daze” (1957).
Five background layouts by the endlessly inventive Maurice Noble for the Chuck Jones-directed “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”, 1970. Colored pencil, graphite, marking pen, and gouache on 12 field MGM animation paper. The half-hour animated television* special won a Peabody Award for excellence in children’s programming.
*Please note the shape of the television screen in drawings 1 and 3.
This mood-board selection is by the great Warner Brothers layout/background artist Maurice Noble - a huge favourite of mine!
An utter legend in animation circles, his main claim to fame is the backgrounds for the legendary Road-Runner in the 50’s. Whilst they originally started off as being a very detailed cartoony style (drawn by the equally legendary Robert Gribbroek), Noble took over the reigns and pushed things in a more abstract direction.
I really like his abstract approach and is a great complement to the UPA Studios style looked at previously.
I think something similar will work really well for Buggyz, the main thrust being not to get in the way of the main game-play, but enhance the experience - much in the same way layout artists worked 60 years ago!
Thank you Maurice - I doff my cap to your fantastic work!