Aloha m wonderful merfolk!
Today’s post is one that has started to become a traditional feature of these weekly themes; the concept art post. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I love art. Concept art for Disney films is always so interesting and the story of how they came to the final product is always fascinating.
As The Black Cauldron is one of the darkest Disney animated feature films to have been released, I can imagine there to be some interesting concepts and sketches to go with it!
This first set of concept sketches were done by Andreas Deja. Deja was hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1980 after correspondence with Eric Larson, one of Disneys Nine Old Men.
These sketches below of the Horned King were also by Andreas Deja.
The following sketches are in such a familiar style that I’m unsure I really need to introduce the artist. These were of course drawn by Tim Burton.
The following concept sketch as well as the animation cel are by Mike Ploog who was a storyboard artist.
William Frake III was a layout artist for The Black Cauldron. Below are a couple of his layout designs:
Don Griffith was only 19 when he joined the Walt Disney Studios as an inker. He worked his way up from layout to art director. He would take the title of layout artist for The Black Cauldron.
Now we move onto colour concept art, the first of which being designed by Melvin Shaw:
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below