I am happy to announce I am one of 23 finalists in the 2017 Disney D23 Expo Design Challenge. The challenge was to design a work of art celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride opened at Disneyland on March 18, 1967 and the franchise also celebrated the release of its fifth movie installment in May.
My finished work is entitled "Things to Come for the Redhead." It measures 36inx22inx4in and was built into a custom made shadow box.
Here are some close-ups of the work.
My piece is multidimensional and made out of ephemera from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I bought tons of Pirates-related ephemera off of ebay to use in my work. The oldest piece is a 1916 article published in the Saturday Evening Post titled "The Pirates of the Caribbean." The newest piece I used is a button given out to guests at Disneyland celebrating the 50th anniversary. My work is made out of everything from E-tickets and FastPasses to vintage magazines and sheet music. I even got to include some work that I designed when I worked for Walt Disney World (how meta right?!?)!
I started taking the different paper pieces and cutting them up and turning them into the different parts of my illustration. I used marker and acrylic paint to create my final image.
I tried to keep little peak-through spots where you can see the original ephemera throughout my work. From afar you can't really tell what my final work is made of. But when you get close-up you can see all the parts. I hope that the longer you look at my final work the more items you recognize. The depth of my work is going to be really fun for die-hard Disney geeks.
My work was built into a custom made shadow box. I laid down different pieces of ephemera and then painted on the background.
I then started building layer after layer. What you can see in-person, is different parts of my illustration are at different depths.
Here are some more close-up images with ephemera items circled in red. Do you see other hidden items that make up the image?
To be selected as a finalist I had to submit a proposal and sketch of the original work I would create for the 2017 Disney D23 Expo. I submitted my sketch in tribute to the Marc Davis's concept piece below it. The original concept piece created by Marc Davis was supposed to show what would happen to the iconic redhead after she was sold off in the ride. I loved the idea that he was trying to look into the future but could never see what the franchise had become. My proposal was to add new elements extending into the newer aspects of the franchise now portrayed in movies. And at the same time it is created out of ephemera/"actual history" of the franchise.
I hope that my final work is as iconic as the Pirates of the Caribbean and is as densely full of elaborate imagery as the franchise. Your only chance to see the work in-person is at the 2017 Disney D23 Expo. After that, it goes into the Walt Disney Archives.
UPDATES FROM THE D23 EXPO 7/19/2017
The Design challenge gallery at the D23 Expo was stunning. It looked to be over a story tall and had prime real estate right across from the Disney Archives exhibit. I really loved how my work looked on that faux rustic wall!
I loved watching people look at my artwork. Something would catch their eye and then they would go closer and examine all the little details. I even snuck pictures of some of them!
It was an honor to know fellow Disney fans, friends and artists took time to take a look at my work.
And my favorite picture of the work has two pirates in it!
Here is a full tour video of the work that I narrate. Hopefully it will give you a better sense of what it looks like to see it in person.