I first wrote about illustrator, animation art director and painter Eyvind Earle back in 2006.
Since 2007, I’ve been waiting for a new site promised to be “Coming soon April 2008” at eyvindearle.com to materialize; but as the promise is unchanged as we approach April of 2009, that looks unlikely.
Fortunately, in the meantime, some additional Eyvind Earle art resources have appeared on the web.
There are now other galleries and unofficial sites, and I’ve listed some resources below.
Earle was noted in particular for his stunning design work on Disney’s 1959 feature, Sleeping Beauty, as well as major contributions to Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp and a number of shorts. (See this 2006 article about Eyvind Earle and Sleeping Beauty on Cartoon Modern.)
Some of Earle’s artworks were among the 250 pieces of original animation art recently returned to Disney after being misplaced in storage following an exhibit in Japan five years ago.
Earle was a dazing designer and painter. In addition to his beautiful work for Disney, he painted strikingly graphic and graceful landscape paintings, with compositions that blend the lively draftsmanship of mid-20th Century animation design and the elegant compositional influence of Japanese woodblock prints (images above, and middle, with detail at bottom).
His handling of color is just as amazing as his compositions, taking chances on color combinations and juxtapositions that would simply not work in lesser hands.