Sunday, July 11, 2010

Here is a question from Jorge Fonte in Spain:

[Is Bill Layne, the Disney background artist who worked at the Studio from 1942 to 1975 (standing in the above photo) the same artist as the Bill Layne who became famous for Pin Up Art?]

I believe the answer is yes, but I wondered if some of you could confirm it.


Floyd Norman said...

Wow! Three of Disney's best. Al Dempster, Bill Layne and Art Riley.

I first met Bill when he was working in Ward Kimball's unit back in the fifties. I didn't know about his career as a pin up artist, however.

mike peraza said...

Yes he did some pinup art but it was always handled with taste and never any nudity. He was even more famous for other calendar artwork he had produced in the 1950s that seemed to employ lots of elves,

Don Griffith introduced me to Bill when I was at Disney and we hit it off great. I'm happy to be the owner of two of Bill's illustrations one of which hangs on in the stairwell on the way to my studio.