A never-built theme park land with a “Fantasia” boat ride in Florida… it would have featured centaurettes and cupids and flying horses and I wish it had materialized.
However, I’ve always said that positioning Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures throughout your house can transport you to one of the park attractions. And the style of my “Story Lines” series of WDCC still-lifes in particular lends itself to this, so “Fantasia Characters,” my newest addition, compliments previous releases like the “Alice in Wonderland Characters,” a drawing composite reminiscent of the existing Wonderland dark ride in California.
Eight sculpture drawings even including one of the dancing mushrooms are planted around my still-life of the WDCC “Enchanted Places” Gazebo and surrounded by a twisting river in charcoal and oil pastel. I hope this art will help you imagine sitting back and enjoying that mythical boat ride that nearly was.
I’ve made Sorcerer Mickey part of my upcoming “Fantasia” drawing. The 5 1/8” piece, “Mischievous Apprentice,” was one of the first Walt Disney Classics Collection releases back in 1993, sculpted by Bruce Lau.
And since this will be part of the “Story Lines” series, other still-lifes of WDCC “Fantasia” characters like the Mushroom Dancer are in on this harmonious dance too!
My upcoming “Fantasia Characters” release is a composite of still-life drawings of Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures. But in this pastoral scene set around the line’s 7” “Enchanted Places” Gazebo, there’s only room for one of the Centaurettes…
For the meantime I’ve begun drawing both 1993 Centaurette pieces sculpted by Kent Melton; the 7 ½” blue “Beauty in Bloom,” and the pink “Romantic Reflections”.
Six characters are currently being worked into my upcoming “Fantasia” art, including these drawings of one of the Cupids and Jacchus from the Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony sequence in the 1940 film. They’re still-lifes of part of two Walt Disney Classics Collection pieces both sculpted by of Kent Melton; Cupids on Pillar: “Love’s Little Helpers” and “Braying Bacchanalia.” It’s going to be some fantastical gathering!
My drawing of the 1999 Bruce Lau, 8 1/2” Walt Disney Classics Collection, Mademoiselle Upanova sculpture, “Prima Ballerina” from “The Dance of The Hours” sequence; it’s part of a drawing composite called “Fantasia Characters 1” which is débuting October 2013!