Saturday, 29 June 2013

John Musker


'Dame Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey'
pen and ink on illustration board, about 14x18.
John Musker, Director, Disney Feature Animation, Los Angeles
John has directed animated features at Disney for almost 30 years. With his directing partner Ron Clements he has helmed 'The Great Mouse Detective', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Aladdin', 'Hercules', 'Treasure Planet', 'The Princess & the Frog' and is developing a new film at Disney.
John hosts an annual caricature show amongst the Disney animation team and is a huge fan of the work of Gerald Scarfe, Al Hirschfeld and Ronald Searle.  It's not often that John's personal work reaches the public so this is a rare opportunity to bid on a tribute from one master cartoonist to another.  John depicts the great British actress Dame Maggie Smith who he thought already resembles a Searle character!