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  • What type of art are these Disney posters?

    What kind of poster art would this be considered? Art Dect, Art Nouveau? I'm trying to find other examples of it or possibly an illustrator tutorial.


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    Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

    These posters are based on a lot of the travel advertisements from the 1930's and 40's.

    Some artists you might want to check out:
    Leslie Ragan,

    http://file.vintageadbrowser.com/ubrgyxrvc3gom1.jpg

    and Maurice Logan.

    http://www.antiquetrader.com/upload/...vel_poster.JPG


    Railroad companies would produce these posters to advertise locations you could reach by train.
    A book you might want to take a look at is called Travel by Train by Michael E Zega and John E Gruber.
    Amazon.com: Travel by Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870-1950 (9780253341525): Michael E. Zega, John E. Gruber: Books
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      Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

      Fantastic! Thank you very much.

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        Definitely not Art Nouveau or Art Deco style. The funny thing is, the time period should be leaning more towards Art Deco, but this looks a bit like 50's or 60's style retro.


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          Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

          Originally posted by IzzyInWonderland View Post
          Definitely not Art Nouveau or Art Deco style. The funny thing is, the time period should be leaning more towards Art Deco, but this looks a bit like 50's or 60's style retro.

          Good post. I think these posters try too hard maybe and don't feel authentic to the time.


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          • #6
            Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

            Google "Joseph Binder" AND "United Air Lines" (include the quotation marks).

            Most Disney posters look similar to Joseph Binder posters of the 1930s and 40s.
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              Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

              Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
              Good post. I think these posters try too hard maybe and don't feel authentic to the time.
              Agree. I love the older Disneyland attraction posters. They were definitely authentic to the time and heavily reflected that. The new ones for Buena Vista Street have the potential, I mean they accomplished Art Deco style at ToT so this shouldn't be too far of a leap.


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                Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                Originally posted by IzzyInWonderland View Post
                Agree. I love the older Disneyland attraction posters. They were definitely authentic to the time and heavily reflected that. The new ones for Buena Vista Street have the potential, I mean they accomplished Art Deco style at ToT so this shouldn't be too far of a leap.

                You know what it is? i think it's that they were made in the computer or at least colored digitally. It makes for a very flat, overly smooth creation that lacks soul. It has good composition though breaking no new ground.

                ..and the people are all scary and zombie-like. Look at the people in the older posters, they're simplified and caricatures but are full of life and excitement.


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                  Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                  They should have been done in a painterly-style by hand rather than digitally not unlike the movie one-sheets of the era. They could've projected the softer/warmer tone of the times.
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                    Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                    Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
                    You know what it is? i think it's that they were made in the computer or at least colored digitally. It makes for a very flat, overly smooth creation that lacks soul. It has good composition though breaking no new ground.

                    ..and the people are all scary and zombie-like. Look at the people in the older posters, they're simplified and caricatures but are full of life and excitement.
                    That is a brilliant analysis. They don't look painted (as they would have at that period in time), they look rendered on computer!

                    I like the posters, but agree that they lack a soul.
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                    • #11
                      Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                      I concur. There's something missing from the new ones. Here are some other ads from the 1930s that are kind of the same style, but you can see the difference!

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                        Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                        Here's a good example of a classic Disneyland poster.

                        http://www.burningsettlerscabin.com/...atterhorn1.jpg
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                          Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                          I don't believe the DCA posters are trying to be period appropriate to anything.

                          The old Disneyland posters look that way because that's how stuff like that looked in the 1950s.

                          The DCA ones are a sort of modern take on that style, done digitally. It is inspired by certain styles from the past but in no way attempts to recreate them. I don't find it soulless, but I also don't find computer animation soulless like many still seem to.

                          Remember, as a whole, DCA's time period (1900-1950) is skewed much more recent than Disneyland's which has lands arguably attempting to be hundreds of years old (Tomorrowland aside). It makes sense for DCA to have a more modern look than Disneyland, even if they both represent visions of the past.

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                            Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                            Don't get me wrong... they're great representations of these new attractions but... for goodness sakes, give these people some faces!


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                              Re: What type of art are these Disney posters?

                              I think when they introduced the posters they noted that the old posters were done in the style of their age, and these are done in a style commonly found today.

                              I really think they are beautiful, but does WDI paint production art acoustically at all anymore?

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