Beginning September 19th, a new Chuck Jones exhibit based on his drawings for his 1996 book, "Chuck Reducks–Drawing from the Fun Side of Life" will be featured along Concourse A at the Portland, Oregon airport. If you're traveling through Portland then (particularly on Alaska or Horizon airlines) make sure you check out this original artwork, much of it never-before-seen, from the hand of Chuck Jones. The exhibit will close at the end of March 2012.
The exhibit focuses on drawings that Jones created to illustrate how he drew the characters that we've all come to know and love, including, Sam Sheepdog, Porky Pig, Marvin Martian, Bugs Bunny and others. The works below are a sample of the original artwork that will be on display.
"Hello Sam," "Hello Ralph," and so begins the adventures (and misadventures) of Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog, friends and neighbors who when not at work (trying to steal sheep, guarding said sheep from theft) you can almost imagine might share a pint at the local pub and reminisce about days gone by.
These wonderful layout drawings by Chuck Jones for his 1954 "Sheep Ahoy" short animated film will be part of an exhibit of rare original production art and ephemera at Art Partners Gallery in Schaumburg, Illinois, opening Saturday February 5th. Craig Kausen, Jones's grandson and Chairman of the Board of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be the special guest. He'll share anecdotes and stories about growing up with Chuck Jones with those assembled Saturday evening, beginning at 7:30 PM. For more information about the exhibit, please call Art Partners Gallery at 847-517-5757.
An original layout drawing (graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones for his 1962 “A Sheep in the Deep” starring Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog (and a herd of sheep in bit parts.)
A color model drawing from the Chuck Jones 1962 "A Sheep in the Deep," co-directed by Maurice Noble with animation by Tom Ray, Ken Harris, Richard Thompson and Bob Bransford; assistant layout by Corny Cole (now teaching at CalArts in Valencia, see below.)
Linda Jones Clough (Chuck Jones' daughter) with Cornelius 'Corny' Cole at a reception for Bob Kurtz in September of 2006.