Animation Artifacts &Bill Peckmann &Rowland B. Wilson 26 Mar 2010 07:42 am

Rowland Wilson Grab bag

- I have a few models by Rowland Wilson that I haven’t yet posted. I’m ganging them up, even though they come from several different projects. All of these come courtesy the collection of Bill Peckmann. Many thanks to Bill.

This first series comes from a spot Rowland designed for Phil Kimmelman & Associates. It featured a mountie and his trusty sidekick.

(Click any image to enlarge.)



The following two layouts came from the 2nd TV spot Rowland did for ‘Utica Club Beer’, featuring a Knight and a fiery Dragon.

This is a rough that RBW did for a dog food animatic. It was a take off of Bogart’s ‘Casablanca’, hence the ‘play it again Sam’ scene with Bogie Basset.

This is a LO rough for what’s probably a TV Guide illustration:

This is a painting by Rowland Wilson for
The Hunchback of Notre Dame “All Fools Day”.

Here is the same thing broken in two for better viewing.



Here’s a group of Christmas Cards Rowland did. This is the note that Bill Peckmann included with the cards: “Years ago Rowland had an old school friend (‘Pete the Greek’, I’ve forgotten his last name) in Dallas (their home town) who owned the ‘Drawing Board’ greeting card company. Rowland did these professional (dentists, doctors, cpa’s etc.) Christmas cards for Pete. He loved doing them because Pete let him run with the ball, none of the usual looking over your shoulder advertising art direction.”





And here are two cards that were sent out by Rowland and Suzanne.

Here’s a caricature Rowland did of Grim Natwick and himself:

Finally, here’s a cartoon Bill Peckmann did of the staff at Focus, a company in NY just prior to Phil Kimmelman’s forming PK&A. Here’s a note Bill included with the drawing: “This was done by me when we were working on RBW’s second animated spot which was Vote Toothpaste’s “Combs & Plotzen.” His first was a Flying “A” gasoline spot animated by Lu Guarnier. Both circa ’68-’70. Of cours this pre-dated the Utica Club “Mountie”strong> caricatures.”

The caricatures pictured above are from left to right:
asst animator Victor Barbetta, designer Bill Peckmann, animator Jack Schnerk, owner Phil Kimmelman, designer Agnes Cannata.

6 Responses to “Rowland Wilson Grab bag”

  1. on 27 Mar 2010 at 1:36 am 1.Swinton Scott said …

    Thanks for posting these great drawings and paintings Michael, as always. Wilson was really great!

  2. on 27 Mar 2010 at 6:19 am 2.Cesare said …

    Thank you for posting some of Rowland Wilson’s line work. I adore his work, and I was looking and hoping to find a book of his body of work to look closer at his process (that I know there is no such book out there). If you have any more images to share I surely would love to see them. I sure appreciate all of your posts.

  3. on 28 Mar 2010 at 3:13 pm 3.Tim Rauch said …

    Every time you post artwork by Wilson I’m impressed by the extraordinary quality of design and structure in his work. A great artist with a very distinct approach to animation design. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to more!

  4. on 21 Jul 2011 at 11:45 am 4.Natalie said …

    Is the mountie spot, anywhere online that i can watch it? Or is it one of those ones thats sort of lost?

  5. on 12 Mar 2013 at 5:06 pm 5.Denis Wheary said …

    FYI here are two of Roland’s commercials, Utica Club (with Sgt Pressforth, Truenose the noble beast and Anatole McSwipe) and Vote Toothpaste (with Combs, Plotzen and the Earl)

  6. on 26 May 2014 at 10:33 pm 6.Dr. Brady Frank said …

    Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.

    I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this information together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much
    time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

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