Friday, October 28, 2016

Floyd Norman

If you are looking for the bare necessities, look no further because we’ve got ‘em! This is a beautiful ink and watercolor piece of Baloo the bear and Mowgli the man-cub by Disney Legend Floyd Norman. Floyd was a story artist on Disney’s The Jungle Book that came out in 1967. You can even see him talking about working on the movie in the extras on a recent Blu-ray release of the film. Created on an actual old school Walt Disney KEM Webber drawing table, this 11x8.5” Bristol board beauty is ready for your collection whether you like Disney, Floyd, or just good art! Signed.

Floyd Norman grew up in Santa Barbara, California where his confidence in cartooning was bolstered by becoming an assistant to Bill Woggon, the creator of the Katy Keene comic book. He later started at Disney in the 1950s as an inbetween animator  on Sleeping Beauty, and worked on Donald Duck shorts, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and The Sword in the Stone. He left Disney now and then to work on other projects for a company he co-founded, and for places like Hanna-Barbera, but Disney would always lure him back. He worked on the animated Robin Hood, he wrote the Mickey Mouse comic strip for ten years, and contributed to Mulan, Dinosaur, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Pixar’s Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. He has published several books of his work, and this past year the documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life was produced (his poster art drawn by the great Drew Struzan!).

And if all that wasn’t enough, Floyd is a living legend - literally. In 2007 Floyd was bestowed the Disney Legend honor from the Walt Disney Company. Now in his 80s, Floyd continues helping to create new stories for Disney Publishing.

Click on art for an enlarged view!

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