Bill Peckmann &Books &Disney &Illustration &Layout & Design &Models 10 Sep 2010 07:49 am

He Drew As He Pleased – 1

– We all know that Albert Hurter was the brilliant artist behind a lot of Snow White’s gingerbread architecture. Hurter was a Swiss illustrator that Disney brought into the studio and let him go. He could draw whatever he wanted to help inspire the studio to pull Snow White together.

After leaving the studio, Hurter had a book published called, “He Drew As He Pleased.” It’s a beauty of a book and a rare item. Bill Peckmann sent me scans from the book, and I’ll post them here. It’ll take a few installments. The pages are in delicate condition, but photoshop is allowing me to clean them up a bit – but not too much.

Some of the pages are devoted to characters in the Silly Symphonies. I had hoped to pull some frame grabs from the films, but I didn’t have time. It’s a project for the future.

This book will interplay with the post I started last week on Frederick Horvath‘s designs for the studio – at the same time. That booklet will continue soon.

(Click any image to enlarge.)


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“For Albert There Were No Inanimate Objects”

“Even Melons Came To Life”

“More Melons”

“Eyeball Folk”

“Atmosphere: Mickey In Arabia”

“Men of Parts”

“Hansel and Gretel”

“Players of a Musical Fantasy”

12 Responses to “He Drew As He Pleased – 1”

  1. on 10 Sep 2010 at 9:08 am 1.Mark Mayerson said …

    Thanks to you and Bill Peckmann for making this available. I’ve seen images from this book, but never the entire thing.

  2. on 10 Sep 2010 at 11:31 am 2.Eric Noble said …

    These are phenomenal!! Thank you both for making these available on the Internet. Simply amazing.

  3. on 10 Sep 2010 at 1:24 pm 3.Steven Hartley said …

    These drawings are great!! He’s just a great inspirational artist to Disney and I like seeing his doodle ideas and he designed almost on nearly everything on Pinocchio or Snow White.

    He’s an artist that’s a big inspiration. Thanks for posting.

  4. on 10 Sep 2010 at 6:26 pm 4.Daniel said …

    Lol, I’ve been posting about this book recently, and acquired a complete scanned copy through a reader of my blog. My first thought was, “I’m surprised Michael Sporn hasn’t posted this yet.”

  5. on 10 Sep 2010 at 6:32 pm 5.Daniel said …

    I was going to post it too, but every time I post something like this I get e-mails from lawyers/publishers.

  6. on 11 Sep 2010 at 8:06 am 6.Dimitry said …

    Thank you so much! I saw this book being auctioned on ebay, and was tempted beyond anything reasonable to buy it. But then I realized that I am still not at the liberty to spend $300 on a book, however awesome it is… But at now we will be able to finally see it! This is so great!

  7. on 11 Sep 2010 at 8:29 am 7.Tim Hodge said …

    Wasn’t Al Hurter a student of Heinrich Kley? I seem to remember reading that somewhere. I bet they got along great. They both have such a fascinating imagination.

  8. on 11 Sep 2010 at 3:13 pm 8.Michael said …

    Kley was popular in Europe at the time Hurter was there, and there definitely was an influence. But there’s no proof that Hurter ever studied under – or met – Heinrich Kley. Even though some of the dancing animals in Fantasia resemble Kley’s fantasies.

  9. on 15 Sep 2010 at 4:01 pm 9.Hans Perk said …

    If ever you find a copy signed by Al Hurter, you have made quite a find! For the book was printed posthumously using money he left in his will. Ted Sears was, I believe, the executor, and was in charge of putting the book together.

  10. on 17 Sep 2010 at 9:56 pm 10.Tim Hodge said …

    Back to the subject of Kley, Walt was a huge collector of his work. While I was at Disney, they had an in-studio show of several never published works by Kley. The family owns the originals, but not the copyright to print them (from what I understood).

  11. on 07 Jan 2013 at 10:24 am 11.albert hurter « One1more2time3's Weblog said …

    [...] michael sporn has posted the complete book in 2 parts on his blog – you can find it here and here. [...]

  12. on 07 Jan 2013 at 10:25 am 12.One1more2time3's Weblog said …

    [...] michael sporn has posted the complete book in 2 parts on his blog – you can find it here and here. [...]

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