Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Eyvind Earle/Fredric Edwin Church...

Eyvind Earle was one of the many fine artists recruited by Disney in the 1950's. Eyvind's artwork is simply stunning. I can't think of a stronger visual designer, the best examples of which are the incredible images created for "Sleeping Beauty". I would highly recommend Hans Bacher's book "Dream Worlds". Below are a few of my favorite paintings by Eyvind. Michael Sporn does a way better job of collecting these images than me. I'm typically not drawn to this heavy use of contrast and graphic design within the context of animation, but these images are too alluring not to admit their greatness. Power like this reminds me of the american painter Frederic Edwin Church, a Hudson River school landscape painter that specialized in this type of imagery, with out the graphic design element. Specifically the his iceberg paintings.
Church gives an amazing lesson in contrast of scale here, something I use very often in my own work. One of the things brilliant landscape artists seem to excel at is making us humans feel insignificant in comparison to nature.
Earle uses a similar contrast of scale method here to create a feeling of power. jeeeez.The depth of this piece is astounding. I often notice that the more depth a piece has, the more dramatic and powerful it becomes.. in contrast to this, things that are flat are often used for humor or light hearted-ness.
The contrast of scale itself is the single element that provides depth to this piece above.

66 comments:

Asterisk Animation said...
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Asterisk Animation said...

I'd love to pick another fight with you, but about Church I can't.

Maybe with all those adjective you unpack...

You must, must, must check out Olana sometime -Church's house near Hudson (or Taconic) somewhere up there. It's freakin' rad.

Patrick Smith said...

ha.
glad you like Church.. he was one of the early american painters that really sparked my interest in art back in college, this is years before i actually started doing it.

justsim said...

Nice post Pat,
I always enjoy when you talk about your influences outside of the animation relm.

Anonymous said...

very very very very very interesting mr. smith.

Kenneth Shofela Coker said...

Eyvind Earle is fantastic, he is one of those understated artists that's always a pleasure to see when other artists list him as an influence. Kind of like Sergio Toppi.

Anyway your work is great Patrick. I whole-heartedly agree with the Billy Plympton/David Lynch comparison. Looking forward to your new short, Masks.

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