Thursday, February 14, 2013

Donato and Disney

by Donato

A couple of years ago I was approached by Acme Archives (Sean and Lisa McLain) to consider creating art around a few of my favorite Disney characters.  Acme has an open license with Disney and a few other major branded names which allows them to produce limited edition prints and art.  The great part about this deal was that I could pitch nearly anything as an idea, just so long as it was approved by a committee at Disney.

Immediately I thought of The Sorcerer's Apprentice from the great film Fantasia, the classic short with Mickey Mouse as a young apprentice to a wizard.  I was working on the theme of water and waves for my gallery paintings at the time and the connection to Mickey's bungled spell use with the broomsticks, buckets and well water jumped out at me as an obvious and inspired choice for content!  The sketches took less than a day to work out and the final oil was a pleasure to paint. 

I was so happy with the results, that I had my friend Nilda at Gala Frames create a special golden frame to finish off the presentation of the work with Mickey Mouse icons in the corners.

As usual, there is nothing like tapping into the well of childhood inspirations to sate your thirst for the passion of creating art.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice    Donato Giancola    2011     30" x 24"   Oil on Panel


  1. This is breathtaking! You so perfectly captured the waves sloshing in the room.

  2. Great water. You can practically hear the water pouring into the room.

  3. The water pouring out of the buckets is phenomenal! While the other water is really well done I think it's too blue for an interior room (no sky to reflect) but it being a Disney (colorful) themed painting that's OK. My main issue is Mickey, he's off model and out of proportion with the brooms. Disney is usually pretty strict about those things, was this approved by them?

  4. i agree with the person above, the only thing that kinda lacks the beautiful treatment that the rest of the painting has is Mickey.

    other than that, painting is simply beautiful to look at!

    great job mr Giancola,

  5. I really like it but Mickey's rendering reveals (for the first time) you're not perfect,whew!


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