Disney Releases ‘Walt Disney Animation Studios Concept Design’ Book

04.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME

Japanese publisher Genkosha released a carefully-curated book of works taken from Disney’s archives entitled Walt Disney Animation Studios Concept Design on March 30.

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The book comes as the second in a series of archive tomes that shines a light on the Disney team’s artwork. It focuses on the visual development artists and their character designers, background concept art pieces, and more. It’s a must-have for Disney fans, containing works from the birth of Mickey Mouse in 1928 to Snow WhitePinocchioBambiPeter PanThe Lion KingTangled, and more. The translated version of the book will also contain Frozen 2 and the newest entry to the Disney filmography Raya and the Last Dragon.

Whether you’re a fan of Disney or an illustration or concept artist in animation, games, and so on, you won’t want to miss out on this special tome.

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