Sleeping Beauty Another Way
Later in his life, in 1953, he returned for a short stint on Sleeping Beauty, but in the end, the styling of Eyvind Earle was chosen for the film. Nielsen died, forgotten, in 1957.
For a long time, only one of his Sleeping Beauty pieces was known to exist, in the ARL. It is pictured in John Canemaker's beautiful book "Before the Animation Begins" (Hyperion 1996).
Since then, however, a number of Nielsen's pieces have appeared on the market, sold through the reputable Van Eaton Galleries. They became available when a high profile Disney artist passed away. Over the years, I have collected the images from Mike's site, and I thought you might like to see these. The pastels are done on black paper on which the standard storyboard "Form P-212 B-4" is printed in white.
If you click a picture you'll see the actual image that I downloaded (without my color corrections). There is a big difference in quality: on some you can see the photographer's reflection in the protecting cell. Some of the pastel color was transferred onto these, but in all their state was pretty good.
First we have Seq. 08.0, "Boy Meets Girl."
Then Seq. 13.0 "Kings at King Stephan's Castle."
Called 13.1, this is Seq. 14.0 "Girl Pricks Finger."
Seq. 17.0 "Prince Captured."
Seq. 20.0 became Seq. 19.0 "Fight."
Finally a few other images I found through the magic of Google:
So there you have it - 17 images so far...
For those who just tuned in, there are two Danish artists with similar names. Kai Nielsen (1882-1924) is a famous sculptor, while above Kay Nielsen is famous for his wonderful early 1900's book illustrations and his work for Disney. A book about his work was slated for release "next month" since 2009.
Remember that another famous Dane needs YOUR support!
(I know this posting is a bit of a different format, but I felt the art was worth a better look!)