By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 29, 2012 11:30 AM
Happy Friday, Buzz Readers!
I have a very special inside look into the Disney Villains Designer Collection for you today! Principal Designer Steve Thompson is one of the main creative masterminds behind the stunning designs of the six villains in the new Designer Collection coming to Disney Store in early fall, and he has written about his inspiration for the fabulous artwork.
Steve Thompson’s career with The Walt Disney Company began at age 19. While attending CalArts, Disney Consumer Products offered him a job as a Senior Character Artist. He jumped at the opportunity and moved up in the company, eventually spending 10 years working for Disney Feature Animation and Disney Toon Studios as a Clean-up Artist and Character Designer. He currently works as a Principal Designer for Disney Store North America, where he has been since 2005.
Check out this excerpt about the Disney Villains Designer Collection from Steve’s personal blog, where he posts awesome examples of his work and inspiration.
Something wicked this way comes…….
So excited about finally being able to talk about these! It’s the second outing for myself and fellow designer Sang Plumlee for the Disney Store’s “Designer Collection” series, whom I was lucky enough to work with on the princess designer series as well.
Six dolls in all, the villains were a whole different challenge than the princesses. The princesses were inspired by fashion illustrations from the 50’s and 60’s. The villains were inspired by something all together different. I wanted them to be more modern. So, I looked at art, architecture, texture, theatrical costumes and of course fashion by some of today’s more avant-garde designers. These villains are “inspired” by the film characters through a designer’s eye. We didn’t want to just take a doll and put it in a fancy dress. We wanted them to look like a fashion sketch come to life. I wanted to capture the essence and attitude of each character, but represent them in an unexpected way. For example, Maleficent in the film is very angular in design. So, I keep that same feeling with the structure of her dress. Also, since in the story she becomes a dragon, so we used a leather-like fabric and the lower half of her bodice looks like scales. Even the dresses are storytelling! There will be much more info to come, but for now I hope you like our new girls.
Be sure to follow Steve’s blog for more great inside information about his designs for Disney Store!
And as an added treat, take a look at another product from the Disney Villains Designer Collection—the absolutely exquisite ceramic mugs. With the claw foot base and serpent tail-like handle, these mugs are perfect for enjoying a delightfully delicious cup of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate!
Which one is your favorite?