eyvinde earle


Eyvind Earle painting a background for Sleeping Beauty in 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree (1958) [x

“In searching for a style for a cartoon feature, many considerations are necessary. For one thing, it must be more than merely pleasing to the eye. The backgrounds must harmonize with the animated characters, as well as fit the mood of the story and the music. Sleeping Beauty is a fairytale that is supposed to have taken place long, long ago, so we did a great amount of research into medieval painting and architecture before we arrived at the right styling for this picture.” - Eyvind Earle


Coming Soon: Eyvind Earle exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum

Great news! The Walt Disney Family Museum is hosting an Eyvind Earle exhibit later this year!

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Amazon has a posted a pre-order listing for a catalog by Michael Labrie titled, Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle.

Here’s the official description:

From his graphic, colorful concept art for Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty to the dramatic, near-surreal paintings of his late career, the work of Eyvind Earle has garnered worldwide respect and admiration. Here, collected in Awaking Beauty, is a dazzling selection of his life’s greatest images, brought to you by the Walt Disney Family Foundation.

Awaking Beauty accompanies the Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2017 Eyvind Earle exhibition of the same name. In its glossy pages, you’ll discover more than 300 beautifully reproduced samples of Earle’s most remarkable imagery, including dynamic concept paintings for Paul Bunyan, humorous thumbnails for Lady and the Tramp, and background explorations and character sketches for dozens of beloved Disney films and shorts. You’ll also be treated to a collection of his charming Christmas card designs; arresting ink-on-scatchboard experiments from his autobiography Homeward Bound on a Bicycle; intriguing sculptures and silkscreen prints; and sweeping, grandiose, and powerful landscape oil paintings of the 1970s through ’90s

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Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916 – July 20, 2000) was an American artist, author and illustrator, noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disney animated films in the 1950s. He began his prolific career at the age of ten when his father, Ferdinand Earle, gave him a challenging choice: read 50 pages of a book or paint a picture every day. Earle choose both.

“Good Evening, Miss Lane” - My tribute to the iconic interview scene from the original Superman film inspired by the aesthetic of Disney legend Eyvind Earle. Considering most of Mr. Earle’s work is of nature with virtually no architecture, it was definitely a challenge extrapolating his design language from those beautiful landscapes into what could potentially be an animated Metropolis. Up, up and away!