Animation Artifacts &Disney &Layout & Design &Models 28 Feb 2011 06:50 am

Bambi – drawings

- It all starts with a drawing. Bambi is, to me, one of the most beautiful of animated features. Collectively, the artists at the Disney studio pulled together to create some wonderful artwork which produced a wonderful film.

The initial work went through many phases, as would be a natural state for animation. However, all of the artists seem to be trying for a higher plane, and oftentime they reached it.

To celebrate the latest release of this film, the Blu-Ray/DVD version, I’ve pulled a lot of the drawings from the film and post them here. It’s amazing how much nifluence Marc Davis had early on. I can only ID the artists of some of the sketches. If you know, let me know.

David Hall


(above and below) Marc Davis


David Hall


(above and below) Ken Peterson



David Hall

Marc Davis

Murray McClelland

Fred Madison

(Probably) Gustaf Tenggren





Frank Thomas


Marc Davis


Lynn Karp

Ken Peterson

Ken Hultgren





(above and below) David Hall


A Tyrus Wong pastel sketch.

9 Responses to “Bambi – drawings”

  1. on 28 Feb 2011 at 8:24 am 1.Stephen Macquignon said …

    They are beautiful what is also nice the feeling that was created in the sketches have translated to the final film

  2. on 28 Feb 2011 at 11:38 am 2.Robert Cowan said …

    Great images…!

  3. on 28 Feb 2011 at 1:15 pm 3.Eric Noble said …

    These are all beautiful pieces of concept. I love the stuff David Hall drew. While the work of Ken Hultgren and Marc Davis are the pieces that best translate to animation, David Hall’s illustrations seem to fit more with Felix Salten’s original vision in my mind. However, all are inspirational and should be studied and analyzed by all aspiring animators, and artists in general.

  4. on 28 Feb 2011 at 10:23 pm 4.The Gee said …

    First, a suggestion: making the Splog banner a linkable button might be nice. That way, getting back to the home page won’t require looking for the word “home.”

    No biggie.

    A while back, I was ruminating on Rube Goldberg’s work. I am a dork like that.

    I realized he did pretty much the opposite of what most cartoonists/animators do.
    He takes the simple and makes it complex then presents it as simply as you can present something complex.
    More often than not, we are taking the complex and just present it in a simplified form.

    Seeing this pre-production work reminds me of just how much can go into a big (and grounbreaking) production. That’s always humbling.


  5. on 01 Mar 2011 at 7:02 pm 5.Mario NC said …

    The work of Tyrus Wong is just beautiful. Amazing that he was discovered as an in-betweener.

  6. on 03 Mar 2011 at 11:59 am 6.Eye care said …

    Love those pictures. Bambi was my favorite book and movie in my childhood.

  7. on 26 Jul 2013 at 7:16 am 7.Gustaf Tenggren « Shrine of Dreams said …

    [...] Bambi study — too complex for animation. [via John Sporn] [...]

  8. on 09 Apr 2016 at 1:45 am 8.Sizzling hot deluxe игровые автоматы said …

    The biggest downside to this book is the utter lack of actual animation drawings, made all the more noticeable by how scrumptiously displayed the rest of the artwork is. Perhaps there was conflict using similar illustrations to those seen in the backhanded

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