Veteran Disney Character Designer Opens Special Exhibit

June 15, 2006

The Creative Talent Network and Van Eaton Galleries will present — SCRIBBLIN’ ON SCRAP WITH RIK MAKI — an exhibition and sale of original art by one of the most prolific and influential artists working in feature animated films, including THE LION KING, HERCULES, A BUG’S LIFE, FINDING NEMO and TREASURE PLANET.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Rik Maki has spent 18 years designing characters for nearly every major animated film to come out of Walt Disney Studios. Addicted to the honesty of quick sketches, Maki draws in his spare time on anything from used mail envelopes to discarded cardboard, and has even produced an entire series sketched on placemats and napkins from his favorite Studio City restaurant. His work has been collected and published in two sketchbooks — signed copies of which will be available at the exhibition.

SCRIBBLIN’ ON SCRAP is an exhibit and sale of more than 150 of Maki’s sketches set in a special installation that invites visitors to step inside a corner of the artist’s office. He will be in attendance at the June 21 opening reception from 7:00-10:00 pm at Van Eaton Galleries, working at his animation desk, and made visible through a digital camera feed that allows guests a peek at him sketching live.

“Quick sketches have an immediacy and a life in their first impression that you don't get with a drawing that's been tickled to death,” says Maki, “I just like the honesty and imperfections of the quick sketch.”