We've seen so many iterations of Snow White over the last few years, but it's always lovely to return to Walt Disney's iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. These production illustrations, created by Gustaf Tenggren, the film's chief illustrator, go a long way toward highlighting the storybook wonder that made that early animated feature a classic.
Tenggren's work was heavily influenced by Arthur Rackham, a celebrated English book illustrator, who drew pieces for editions of Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Gulliver's Travels, and Aesop's Fables, among others. These concept pieces appear to be from pretty far along in film's development, although the queen would later become more feminine. What's clear is Tenggren's desire to give his film a rich fairy tale feel, filled with darkness, dangerous magic, and a soft, sometimes earthy color palette.
You can see more concept pieces at Not Pulp Covers, via Chris Sims.
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