Category: Wile E. Coyote

Concept designs for the 1978 Neiman Marcus Hol…

Concept designs for the 1978 Neiman Marcus Holiday catalog by Chuck Jones. 

Top: hand-painted cel art with collage and mixed media, 12″ x 10″

Bottom: gouache on gray wove paper with collage and mixed media, 10″ x 12″

The Neiman Marcus marketing people thought Wile E. Coyote was an appropriate icon for their catalog seeing how he had such tremendous experience with ordering from the ACME catalog. 

Wile E. Coyote – Genius.

Wile E. Coyote – Genius.

Character model studies, graphite on 12 field animation paper by Chuck Jones, circa late 1950s. 

Inspiration strikes.

Inspiration strikes.

Top: Original model drawings of Wile E. Coyote, circa 1945-47, graphite on paper applied to art board by Chuck Jones. Detail inset: the Coyote’s tail…

…was inspired by the waves as interpreted by Japanese ukiyo-e master, Hokusai and his “The Great Wave off Kunagawa,” circa early 19th century. See inset for detail. 

Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his…

Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1956 “To Hare Is Human”, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper. 

Chuck Jones as…Bugs Bunny (top) and Wil…

Chuck Jones as…Bugs Bunny (top) and Wile E. Coyote, by the inimitable Jeff DeGrandis

Watercolor on Arches paper, 14″ x 11″, by Chuc…

Watercolor on Arches paper, 14″ x 11″, by Chuck Jones, circa 1998.

One of the artists we represent, Daniel Killen…

One of the artists we represent, Daniel Killen, was named the official artist of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for 2018…and 2019, 2020, and 2021–which will be the 50th anniversary of this world-renowned event. 

He’ll be creating a story arc of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner interacting throughout one day of the Fiesta. This year’s poster, “Full of Hot Air” has our intrepid duo enjoying (well, one of them is) the sunrise over the Sandia Mountains. 

Art by the phenomenal Mike Peraza. 

Art by the phenomenal Mike Peraza

Publicity “stills” from Warner Bros. Animation…

Publicity “stills” from Warner Bros. Animation, 10″ x 8″, lithography, circa 1940-1945. 

We’re working on a catalog raisonne of the Chu…

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.