Top 3 Hottest T-Shirts 2017

Take a look at my top three best-selling t-shirt designs for this summer!

Boxer dog tees come third place for 2017 in my Redbubble store.

Boxer dog tees

Boxer dog tees

“Charcoal – Boxer Dog” (top to bottom) Classic T-Shirt in Asphalt | Women’s Fitted Scoop in Athletic Heather | Women’s Fitted V-Neck in Dark Grey

Look what a Buyer messaged about their recent purchase of the second best selling 2017 t-shirt design: “Finally someone has very cute Jiminy Cricket shirts! I’ll be shopping more with you!” “Charcoal and Oil – Jiminy Cricket” T-Shirt Buyer, Reno NV.

Jiminy Cricket Tees

Jiminy Cricket Tees

(top to bottom) Women’s Fitted T-Shirt in Asphalt | Men’s Graphic T-Shirt | Unisex T-Shirt in Eggplant

Donald’s better side came out on top this year and this design winged its way to become my Buyer’s favorite t-shirt for 2017!

Angel Donald Duck T-Shirts

Angel Donald Duck T-Shirts

“Charcoal and Oil – Angel Donald” (top to bottom) Women’s Fitted V-Neck in Purple | Women’s Fitted Scoop T-Shirt in Navy | Classic Tee in Baby Blue

Time to Say Goodbye to the Walt Disney Classics Collection

Douglas Rickard with Chernabog Walt Disney Classics Collection and his Fantasia drawing

Holding Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture Chernabog: “Night on Bald Mountain,” Douglas Rickard next to his “Fantasia Characters” art, at the Castle China event in 2014

I’ve displayed my still-lifes of the Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures up at Castle China before, but nothing prepared me for the true treasures opened up at this month’s event in Dudley, poignantly, perhaps the last ever like this. (That’s my hand touching the “Bambi” Field Mouse, below!)

Walt Disney Classics Collection

First ever Walt Disney Classics Collection piece. From “Bambi” Field Mouse: “Little April Shower.”

Cinderella Dress

“Cinderella:” “A Lovely Dress for Cinderelly” NLE 5,000, 9” Walt Disney Classics Collection.












In this fleeting video report of the day, catch farewell close ups of over 20 Walt Disney Classics Collection characters!

Never have three dimensions captured Disney characters so accurately, as the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Even vintage maquettes animators used as guides, in the making of Walt Disney’s movies like “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio,” don’t seem to have literally stepped out of the film, in both form and color in the same way this fine art sculpture line does.

Mr Toad

Mr. Toad: “Blue Boy” 6 1/2” and “Pinkie” 7” Walt Disney Classics Collection Disneyland Exclusive 2000

In 1993 at the start, original animators like Marc Davis were around too, with advice for translating their creations into porcelain. Collectors enjoyed how Tinker Bell’s sculpture precisely mirrored her on-screen pose in “Peter Pan.” And it wasn’t just fairies that received this careful treatment, even behemoths like Monstro were caught by the WDCC artists and sculptors. And we could own these ourselves!

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton


“Pinocchio:” “Monstro’s Revenge” NLE 750, 8 1/2” 2001 Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Dusty Horner

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Taking my framed art up from London a day early gave me the opportunity to un-box and experience close-up a couple of rare Disney “Fantasia” collectibles as you’ll see in this video:

I don’t think the initial Pixar characters were favorable to the line. Woody and Buzz look three dimensional already, and in 1998, better in life as… toys. Today though, the computer animated Disney character has the illustrative softness of those in a film Walt Disney himself had touched (films originally only ever chosen by the WDCC.) Elsa and Anna even look like fine porcelain.

New licensee Precious Moments in 2013 were about to put the WDCC name to Disney gift-ware. It was quite possibly the ire of collectors, that ensured the encasing of the Walt Disney Classics Collection line safely into a “vault” instead. After all, collectors had been educated on the finer points of porcelain figurines over the years by… the WDCC.

Snow White herself awoke from such a state and so one day I wish, will the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Could Olaf’s size and stature be more fitting for a starter sculpture? My first purchase was tiny Thumper. Once I had him home, larger “Bambi” pieces from that scene (with price tags I’d never once dreamed I’d pay) eventually followed. However, you and I can still open teal green boxes from the secondary market and in the meantime, here are a few, fun un-boxing videos:

The daring journey of my Jiminy Cricket drawing

Have you ever travelled past those villains through that wood-carved, candy-coated dark ride, “Les Voyages de Pinocchio” otherwise known as “Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?”

Despite almost being swallowed by Monstro the whale, I still think the most awe-inspiring portion is rolling past the myriad of moving clocks and creations in Gepetto’s workshop, before our wooden cars take us back to… well, almost the real world.

So is it any wonder that Jiminy Cricket’s face would have the same kind of wide-eyed smile when he first climbed into the story, that first night in “Pinocchio!” And that was the moment chosen to create in porcelain by way of the Walt Disney Collectors Society 2003 Membership Gift sculpture, which I’ve drawn in mixed media. My wish for you is that when you bring home one of my art prints of “Charcoal and Oil – Jiminy Cricket,” it will remind you of all the happy, awe-inspiring moments from your daring journey!

Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy Cricket