As we prepare for the opening of the Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, we've been going through the archive and have recently discovered some really wonderful photographs of Chuck Jones that haven't been published before and we thought it would be fun to share them with you.
A corner of Chuck's home studio, circa 1980s. Please note that creativity does not take a holiday.
Chuck Jones holds a leopard cub at the San Diego Zoo, circa 1960s. He loved going to the zoo with his sketch book and would oftentimes get a "back of the zoo" tour to get up close and personal with the animals.
Publicity photo of Chuck Jones at Tower 12 in Hollywood, circa 1960s. This is the office with the sign on the front door that read: Chuck Jones Productions, We Make Fine Acmes.
"Grimsby Harbour + Black House" watercolor sketch, 10" x 13", by Chuck Jones. This undated watercolor 'sketch' by Jones is a fine example of a travel diary entry (as we've discussed before.) Grimsby, founded in 1790, is located in Canada on Lake Ontario and butts up against the Niagara Escarpment.
Jones' facility with watercolor is evident in even something as simple as this sketch of a harbor (and, of course, there is the black house, which for anyone, at any time, would be a sight to behold.) The fresh line of water lapping at the prows of the boats on the lake, the people standing in silhouette, not in black as one might expect from figures so small, but in playful red and blue, which confirms Chuck Jones' excellent eye for detail. All of this making the image fresh, fun and of the moment.
Original sketch of a woman in a hood and muff by Chuck Jones (graphite on 12 field animation paper.)
Pen & ink on paper by Chuck Jones.