Monday, September 25, 2017

Carl Barks 1935 Job-Submission Drawings

Renowned artist Carl Barks first applied for a position with the Disney Studio in late 1935. He would go on to have a long career and great success with his Donald Duck comics. Yet back in the beginning, he was young and unknown. With hopes of landing a job, he submitted two drawings to demonstrate his ability--both were Snow White-themed--though nothing like what would eventually be seen in the motion picture. Medium: ink and blue watercolor over graphite. Image areas 11.25" x 8".

Snow White with the dwarfs.

Images and info via Heritage Auctions.

Snow White caught by a giant; five of the dwarfs look to save her.

The two illustrations did the trick! He landing a job as an "in-betweener" in the animation department. In an earlier Archive entry, see the drawings he created for gag suggestions to be used in the Snow White film.

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