Ken Anderson was one of the greatest artists at Walt Disney Studios. Many of his character designs are the actual designs of the characters we love from the Golden, Silver and Bronze Age of Disney Animation. Ken was known for going on trips around the world and bringing his sketchbook and finding inspiration from what he saw all around him. Ken would publish these sketchbooks books in very small runs to give to his friends and family.
The following is taken from the 1970 magazine “Wonderful World of Disney” that featured some Kens sketchbook drawings from his Africa trip. The “Wonderful World of Disney” were magazines found in most Gulf Gas Stations around the country.
Ken Anderson Bio (Via: Wikipedia)
Kenneth B. (Ken) Anderson (March 17, 1909 – December 13, 1993) was an art director and writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios for 44 years.
Anderson studied architecture at the University of Washington, graduating with a B.Arch. in 1934. He was particularly influenced by faculty member Lionel Pries.
With the delineation skills he learned in architecture school, he soon secured a position at Disney. Anderson was a key player in some of the studio’s most well-known animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book. He also worked on the development of Disneyland. Ken is a 1991 winner of the Disney Legends award for Animation & Imagineering.
Wonderful sketches! Ann