Friday, July 31, 2015

Ray Patterson

Text and pictures from: animationresources

Ray Patterson’s career in animation spanned seven decades. He was responsible for the animation of Jerry Mouse dancing with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh as well as animation for Dumbo and the "Pastoral" sequence of Fantasia. In 1954 he formed his own studio Grantray-Lawrence and he worked at Hanna-Barbera and Sanrio Productions as well.
Today, his family is sharing some of his earliest work with us… Ray began as an inker in 1929 at the Charles Mintz Screen Gems studio, working on Krazy Kat and Scrappy cartoons. By 1930, he had worked his way up to a position as animator. Here are some rare sketches and model sheets from his tenure there… Enjoy!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

William Baxter

 “Billstickers will be prosecuted!” Original William Baxter art, Christmas 1880s, 33 x 27 cm.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

William Giles Baxter (1856–1888) was a Victorian cartoonist and illustrator. His most noted work, from 1884 until his death, was for the weekly comic Ally Sloper's Half Holiday. Baxter had previously worked for the Manchester-based satiric magazine Momus/Comus before joining the staff at Judy, whose editor, Charles Henry Ross, had created Ally Sloper, considered the first comic hero,[2] in 1867. When Ross sold the rights to Gilbert Dalziel, Baxter was taken on to further develop the character. On his death, the illustrations were continued by W. F. Thomas.