I really love everything about animation but I feel that the design that goes into great animation is often overlooked. Now not all of these are necessarily background concepts but I chose them because they are great environment designs.
- Mary Blair - Scene from Alice in Wonderland. Mary Blair is one of my all time favorite artists of all time. Her use of color is amazing! Probably most famously, she was a concept artist for Disney for such feature animated films including, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. I have an older version of this book that I found really wonderful: Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair.
- Justin Parpan - I originally discovered Justin's work by geeking out and looking through the credits on one of the new Mickey Mouse shorts to see who worked on the beautiful backgrounds (yup I do this). The example above is from another Disney animated tv show (not a Mickey short) called Star vs. The Forces of Evil which looks super cute! I love the colors and textures that Justin uses in his work.
- Anine Bosenberg - Anine is a wonderful illustrator. I just loved the simplicity of her tree house drawing. The play on positive and negative shapes is really lovely. Although this isn't animation art, I could totally see this little treehouse in a cartoon somewhere. Anine also has a blog that has lots of her beautiful illustrations.
If you are interested in seeing more animation concept art, please check out my Pinterest board.
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