To paraphrase Chuck Jones, “If you’re going to draw a funny horse, you better know how to draw a real one.”
Top: original drawing by Chuck Jones, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper, circa 1965
Bottom: original layout drawing by Chuck Jones, graphite on 12 field animation paper, 1957, for “What’s Opera, Doc?”
Chuck Jones as…Bugs Bunny (top) and Wile E. Coyote, by the inimitable Jeff DeGrandis.
Watercolor on Arches paper, 14″ x 11″, by Chuck Jones, circa 1998.
Happy 70th Birthday to Marvin the Martian! July 24, 1948- “Haredevil Hare” released, directed by Chuck Jones.
Publicity “stills” from Warner Bros. Animation, 10″ x 8″, lithography, circa 1940-1945.
We’re working on a catalog raisonne of the Chuck Jones hand-painted cel art editions, titled, “The Animated Art of Chuck Jones”. The first volume will contain works from 1977 to 1989 and is expected to be completed in September.
The color call-out sheet along with a color model cel art for “Western Group” from 1980 are shown. The final version of “Western Group” had a yellow sky. The background was hand-made using Pantone paper. Chuck Jones’s original line drawing was silk-screened onto an acetate sheet and each cel was hand-painted using cel vinyl by expert cel painters.
Tex Avery model sheet of Bugs Bunny, circa 1940. Chuck Jones’s “Appreciation” in the L.A. Times after Avery passed on August 26, 1980.
It’s National Handshake Day!
From the top: “Trophy Room,” “Genius at Work,” “Socially Secure,” and “Decisions, Decisions”, acrylic on wood, each 12″ square, by Mike Bilz.
What? You didn’t know Miro was a Bugs Bunny fan?
This work and more than 100 others have been donated ‘anonymously’ by artists, both professional* and amateur, to the Red Dot Auction, a fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Online pre-bidding has opened, visit ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot to view the collection. Exercise your genius!
*The artist who donated the above work is a well-known and -respected children’s book illustrator.