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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What I Drew Sunday, March 29th - Top 3

Of the 32 suggestions pitches for last Sunday’s “Disney Day” edition of What Shall I Draw Today?, 19 were actually Disney themed. In this. In this context, I do classify Muppets as under the Disney umbrella along side of Pixar, but I don’t include Marvel or Star Wars. That’s just under 60%. I can’t speculate whether the other 40% represents people who had no regard for Disney ideas, or strategize that I might get to their non-Disney suggestions in the days leading unto the next WSIDT in April, or that “Disney Day” just didn’t register with them.

Here are the top 3 liked pieces from Sunday:

#1 - Ariel and Eric as MJ and Spider-Man: suggestion by @chrispy2143


This “Spider-Man” “Little Mermaid” mashup received the most likes, no contest. As such, it is an indicator that I no good at picking the winners in these things. For this session, I pegged this one as #3 with my #1 and #2 picks not making the top-3.

It always helps with a mashup to choose a pose or composition that’s typical or iconic to the theme which does a lot of the work. With Spider-Man and Mary Jane, it was either this scene from the 2002 movie, or #2 when Peter Parker first meets MJ in the comics, or #3 the wedding cover from the comics. Clearly, it had to be the kiss.

The next consideration with a mashup like this is to keep enough of Ariel and Eric, that they look like Ariel and Eric. This is a tougher task, because both Ariel and MJ are red-heads, and then Eric is up-side-down. Facial likenesses have heightened importance when both characters are entirely costumed, with maybe only Ariel’s hair as a “Little Mermaid” look.

Except…

… I replaced the spider symbol on Eric’s chest with a silhouette of Sebastian. That then makes him Spider-Hermit-Crab-Man! And no one on Instagram made mention of it.


#2 - Jessica Rabbit as Tinker Bell: suggestion by John Coy


Another of 4 mashups drawn on Sunday, Jessica Rabbit as Tinker Bell, is a simple costume swap. Still, I thought she should strike a snarky Tinker Bell pose.

The top-knot hair style throws off Jessica’s recognizability. So, getting the face right becomes that much more important. Consider that if Jessica were a blonde, then then results could very well be a stylized “grown-up” Tinker Bell.


#3 - Stay Home Oswald: suggestion by Chiemi Kaneko


Tapping into the issue of these days (which is the COVID-19 self-quarantine to those of you reading this in the future), a lot of folks on social media have already been making light of the situation with comments about being bored.

“Oswald at home” doing at home things does nothing the communicate the underlying “quarantine” idea. Neither would a hyperbolic “trapped at home” composition, which I then thematically used for the March Hare.

Deciding on a bored Oswald on his cel phone isn’t the solution in itself. What pushes the idea over is the text bubble with the right text. As proof, cover the text bubble and ask, “what’s happening here?”

I haven’t drawn a lot of Oswald. So I guess his ears aren’t particularly floppy, like, say Goofy’s.




 

Of the 10 pieces drawn, 6 were done on the larger 18cm sheets with 4 on the collector-card-size 9cm. This is curious, in that I usually try to draw more on the smaller format as a strategy to complete more pieces in the day. What I think skewed things was the decisions to draw the two single character pieces of Jessica Rabbit and “Hula” Belle larger than on 9cm in order to capture more details on full-figure compositions.

Here are the rest of the 9 drawn on Sunday:


Rapunzel and Eugene at Disneyland
Suggestion by @lokoteibex
Kim Possible as Black Widow and Ron Stoppable as Captain America
Suggestion by @rod_j_sloan
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy dressed up as Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen
Suggestion by @benmcdermott93
Hula girl Belle
Suggestion by @akascooby
Ariel with the Sorcerer Mickey hat
Suggestion by @elijones94
Pepper Ann
Suggestion by @mannysmyname
March Hare
Suggestion by @cindyhendersonliotta

All of these and more original piece of art will be for sale at my next comic convention showing, which, honestly, I don’t know will happen this year.

The next WSIDT session is scheduled for Sunday, April, 26th.

Thank you to everyone who pitched their fun drawing suggestions. Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram (@monstergram7) and/or Monster Enterprises Facebook page. Thank you for liking.

All: Black ink and color pencil.

“Ariel & Eric” and “Jessica Tinker Bell” on paper. 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Oswald“  on Bristol Board. 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm  (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Working from Home


With COVID-19 impacting the world, the Walt Disney Company quickly cycled through allowing, encouraging, facilitating and then up to nearly mandatory making work-from-home policies for its employees. With the Products group being “entertainment-industry-adjacent,“ my Disney department quickly took up the opportunity and Friday March 13 we all began the WFH life. 

Following the social media trend of artist’s sharing snapshots of their home work spaces, here is mine. 


It’s a mess. 

If you’d like to spend a few minutes of your day as a minimal escape from the world’s concerns, then you can play this game of find these 20 things. The prize is giving yourself a socially distancing pat on your own back. 

Let me know in the comments how long it takes you to spot all 20.
  1. 1)  Painting easel
  2. 2)  Box of sketchbooks
  3. 3)  Grey water tub for painting (with 2-paint brushes in the rim holes)
  4. 4)  Box of Ziploc® bags
  5. 5)  Stack of paper pads
  6. 6)  Superman
  7. 7)  Small, white electric personal fan
  8. 8)  Bottle of Elmer’s® Glue All
  9. 9)  Black/ dark grey fishing tackle case (for art supplies)
  10. 10)  Wooden folding chair
  11. 11)  Pickle jar
  12. 12)  Supergirl
  13. 13)  3 metal rulers of different sizes
  14. 14)  Mickey Mouse alarm clock.
  15. 15)  Black manual pencil sharpener
  16. 16)  2 heavy duty moving boxes that have been cut down to half size
  17. 17)  Collected lanyardsof different colors (but mostly are black)
  18. 18)  Digital picture frame
  19. 19)  White clip-on light
  20. 20)  Pack of 9-volt batteries
There are plenty more thing in the picture, but the task of visually identifying them is thwarted by the picture resolution and/or, like many of the boxes, have little or no distinguishing features. For example, I can see the paper shredder, but there’s not enough of it visible from this angle for anyone else to make it out, although with those clues, I’m sure many of you can propose an educated guess or two.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What Shall I Draw March 29?


The March edition of the 8-hours session of drawing other folks’ suggestions that I call “What Shall I Draw Today?” is proceeding as planned. And it’s a Disney Day! Less as planned is the cancellation of WonderCon, Anaheim, where I was to have a booth and where original Disney sketches tend to sell well because Anaheim, CA is the home of Disneyland Resort and surrounded by Disney-philes. So, the WSIDT suggestion box will be emptied to make room for your fresh, new drawing ideas.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5pm

Pitch your suggestions at any of the following social media spot where you find the prompting image above. While you are welcomed to suggest just about anything and drawing subjects, for consideration on WSIDT Sunday, I will be selecting Disney-themed suggestions.

Blog:  monotonae.blogspot.com (right here in the comments)

Instagram:  @monstergram7

Facebook:  /Monster Enterprises

Click on the WSIDT tab above for FAQs.

Chip 'n' Dale meet Trader Sam
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm  (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

What I Drew Sunday, February 23rd - Top 3

The top three liked pieces form last Sunday’s WSIDT clearly emerged within the first 6 hours following the posting of the session’s last sketch. However, the placement of each was too close to call. I then hoped that the totals would more clear separate themselves after 48 hours. Now, here are the standings of the top three liked pieces drawn on Sunday.

#1 - Freddie and Celia Facilier from "Descendants" with their Dad, Dr. Facilier: suggestion by @harishas.art

If you aren’t familiar with Disney’s Descendants franchise, then all you need know regarding this piece is that it focuses on the teenage children of the heroes and villains from Disney’s animated fairy tales. Those kids just so happen to have names that are derivations of the names of their respective famous (or infamous) parents.

Across the Disney Channel original movies, cartoons and products, Freddie and younger sister Celia have been introduced as the daughters of Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog.

Since I had make up this scene, not being familiar with any published or aired story, I just played on the stereo-typical father-teen daughter interplay: the daughter wants pretty new things, but the father isn’t going to give her money for it.

I usually try to go sans word balloon on these sketches, but in this case, the joke wasn’t going to convey well. If the girls were holding dresses and jewelry, then I couldn’t think how to show that they were shopping without drawing more stuff (racks price signage, etc.) and I like drawing backgrounds less than I like inserting word balloons for WSIDT sketches. The picture word balloons came to mind beginning with the crossed-out dollar sign for Dr. F. I now figure that I must have been channeling something from Sergio Aragones in MAD magazine. Not being satisfied with that, or for the desire to depict dialogue, I first thought to have the sisters share a balloon with the word “Please?” That turned into little dress and necklace icons as I laid out the sketch.

As the top liked piece, I guess it worked.


#2 - Harley and Ivy from the DC Universe animated series: suggestion by @sdogg52

This “R” rated animated series is pretty good. 

However, suspecting that a large percentage of folks haven’t watched it, with it existing behind the DC Universe streaming paywall, what you need to know is that Harley Quinn (the pig-tailed blonde) stars with her best friend Poison Ivy (the Red-head in green). The character of Harley Quinn is often depicting in comics and in other media as fourth-wall breaking - that is, talking directly to the audience.

Eschewing any actual story points from the series, this then plays as a piece of fourth-wall-breaking marketing. The most effective part, I suppose, is the large, up-close head of Harley. Her shadowed hand in the top-right corner hints at her leaning against a window or camera lens.

Ivy is supportive as she is in the series, but also patiently waiting for Harley to run-through her wacky bits of action to then get on with the more serious work at hand - as she does in the series.

Here, I do my best to follow the designs from the series per the suggestion, rather than take a stylized route.


#3 - Wonder Woman carrying Thor’s hammer: suggestion by @rayisprettycool

Wonder Woman, here, was one of the few single character suggestions pitched for this session of WSIDT, which played perfectly as the last sketch of the day. As it happened, I used the same “Who is worthy to carry the hammer of Thor” gag with the first sketch (done the night before) with Super Grover meeting the Avengers. With Wonder Woman, it is played not as a gag but fairly straight, as if the hammer were just another piece of her arsenal.

I made some tweaks in her costume design, but it is for the most part the costumes that Gal Gadot wears in the DC films. The braided hair, perhaps, is the most divergent part of her look.

I drew a kind of Celtic knot on the side of the hammer head – just because I thought it blank and lacking.

The rest of the story in the image relies on the audience’s knowledge of the hammer’s enchantment, say, mostly from the Marvel Thor and Avengers movies. 

Fortunately, most folks seem to agree that Diana is worthy to carry the hammer.



Here are the rest of the 9 drawn on Sunday:

Chidi having lunch with Immanuel Kant
Suggestion by @snowpuppet

Super Grover hanging out with Marvel superheroes
Suggestion by @breezie_draws

Margot Robbie and Harley Quinn sharing a bowl of Froot Loops
Suggestion by @jazzatron5000

Leni Peakitten meets Tigger
Suggestion by @thefurmaster78

Chip and Dale meet Trader Sam
Suggestion by Mike Campbell

Mandy & Red (Mandy)
Suggestion by @that_browncoat

All of these and more original piece of art will be for sale at my booth at WonderCon, Anaheim, CA in April. Speaking of WonderCon, preparations for which will restrict my time to address any left-over suggestions before then. You can always suggests them again.

The next WSIDT session is scheduled for Sunday, March, 29th. It will probably be a “Disney Day” for suggestions.


Thank you to everyone who pitched their fun drawing suggestions. Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram and/of Monster Enterprises Facebook page. Thank you for liking. 


All: Black ink and color pencil except “Mandy” which was color pencil.

“The Faciliers” on paper. 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Harley and Ivy“  on Bristol Board. 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm  (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)
“Wonder Woman” on watercolor paper. 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)

Monday, February 17, 2020

What Shall I Draw February 23?

The WSIDT suggestion box is being emptied for a fresh new batch of your suggestions for, naturally, what shall I draw on Sunday, February 23rd. Whether or not I’ve drawn one of your suggestions from the January or any previous sessions, you can pitch again from now until Sunday.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Eastern Standard Time:  12pm noon - 8 pm
Pacific Standard Time:  9am - 5pm

Pitch your suggestions at any of the following social media spots:

Blog: monotonae.blogspot.com (here in the comments)

Instagram: @monstergram7

Facebook: /Monster Enterprises


Click on the WSIDT tab above for FAQs.

Cinder-versary

 Walt Disney’s animated classic, “Cinderella” marked the 70th anniversary of its premiere, February 15th, 1950.

Carmine red pencil draft on paper.


Black ink and color pencil on paper.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What I Drew Sunday, January 23rd – Top 3

For the first WSIDT on 2020 we have a Disney trifecta in the top 3 liked pieces of the day. But the odds of that were pretty good with 8 out of 11 having some Disney or Pixar or Marvel or Star Wars thing featured.

#1 - Donald as Captain Picard: suggestion by @chrispy2143

As with most suggestions, I don’t know the reasons behind this Disney/ Star Trek mashup. These days, I don’t receive many Star Trek commission order, and much less in mashups. It’s a shame.

In reality, this is just a drawing of Donald in a Next Generation era Federation Captain’s uniform. To make it more Picard-like, I tried to feature baldness with a reflected glint off of his head. His pose too, needed to be iconic Picard. I chose that moment when the Captain orders navigation to “Engage.” 

Not satisfied, the captain needed a word balloon which naturally is “Make it so.” In my rush, I had confused the “Engage” gesture with “Make it so.” Then it quickly became, “Quack if so.”


As a second thought, as I’m now typing this, it would be amusing to see Captain Donald adjusting his uniform with a quick tug down, as the officers do when they stand up from sitting. It wouldn’t be a better drawing. It may be a cute 2-seconds of satire in animation. I dare somebody to MAKE THAT SO.


#2 - Merlin Training Ian Lightfoot: suggestion by @jorgem_0708

Statistically speaking, this one was a tie for first place with only 2 fewer total likes at the time of this writing. 

For the kids out there who aren’t yet familiar, Merlin is from Walt Disney’s animated tale of a young King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone. Merlin is, of course, a wizard. Ian is from Disney/Pixar’s yet to be released, Onward

Regardless of how the trailer hints to Ian’s relationship to magic, which isn’t much at all, this is a “what if” scenario. The books on the head is typical posture training included in etiquette montages a la The Princess Diaries. The knee raised high alludes to The Karate Kid, again with the training montage. A Yoda in a backpack callback just didn’t find its way in this drawing. Although Merlin has been shown to be able to change his size and shape, probably would not read well if he wasn’t at full size.

1x hidden Mickey.



#3 - The Mandalorian and Child Having a Tea Party at Disneyland: suggestion by @jesstothesmith & @akoymdf

Of several suggestions that featured The Mandalorian’s “Child” a.k.a. “Baby Yoda,” this one I thought that I could mashup two. One envisioned the pair having a tea party. Another cast Mandalorian taking the child to Disneyland.

Where can one enjoy a proper tea party in the famed theme park? Probably the Plaza Pavilion on Main Street. But Fantasyland in more iconic and more picturesque, and is had 2 attractions inspired by Alice in Wonderland. So the, tea party in impossibly - strike that - magically located in the courtyard.

For extra measure, Mad Hatter riding on the shoulders of March Hare have dropped in for tea time - as is you couldn’t tell that this was a drawing of a tea party.

The child gets a bit lost in the composition. The floating exclamation mark is an attempt to bring more focus on the little creature.

3x hidden Mickeys (not including a balloon, 2x Mickey ears hats or a logo on a Mickey ears hat).
1x Baby Oyster.


As I said above, there were 11 - posts, but I drew 12 pieces with one of the posts as a double of a suggestion. Further to confuse you, I drew not from 11 suggestions, but from 12 with the Mandalorain/ Disneyland pieces being a mashup of two related suggestions.

Here are the rest:

Tigger & Orange Bird
Suggestion by @elijones94

Belle...
... and Tiana (Disney Princesses) as cave-girls
Suggestion by @benmcdermott93

“Baby Yoda” in a Marvel Comics mashup
Suggestion by @squidney.ink

Mickey and Minnie celebrating the Chinese New Year - Year of the Mouse (rat).
Suggestion by @mkano

Scooby-Doo as Green Lantern
Suggestion  by @rod_j_sloan

Cassandra
 Suggestion by @harishas.art

Jon Kent/Superboy
Suggestion by @cyberknight6196

The Witcher (Henry Cavill)
Suggestion by @sdogg52

All of these pieces will be for sale at my table at WonderCon, Anaheim, CA in April.
Sorry, no, I have not yet set up an online store for these things.
Left-over suggestions may yet pop up as daily drawings and Instagram posts before the next WSIDT session next month, February 23.

Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram and/or Monster Enterprises Facebook page. Thank you for liking. Of course, thank you to everyone who pitched their drawing suggestions.


All: black ink and color pencil.
“Captain Picard” on Bristol Board. 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm  (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)
“Merlin Trains Ian” and “Mando Tea Party” on paper. 17.78 cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)

Saturday, January 25, 2020

What Shall Draw January 26?

As a way to give meaning to my Instagram feed, I reserve one Sunday per month (except in Fall), in which I take topic suggestions and draw as many of them in about 8 straight hours as I possibly can scrawl them out. These sessions are called, “What Shall I Draw Today?

The first of 2020 kind of snuck up on me and happens in two days.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Eastern Standard Time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific Standard Time:  9am - 5pm

Pitch your suggestions at any of the following social media spots:

Blog: monotonae.blogspot.com (here in the comments)

Instagram: @monstergram7

Facebook: /Monster Enterprises


Click on the WSIDT tab above for FAQs.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Mappiest World in the Place


With the New Year came D23’s introduction of the Official Disney Fan Club’s 2020 Gold Member Gift. With every new gold membership subscription and renewal to D23, an amazing gift package is delivered a (what may be obligatory) certificate of membership and a membership card. Disney then plusses things by assembling it into a whole gift package of exclusive (I’ll say generically) stuff. For the memberships processed in the calendar year 2020, they have put together the D23 Fantastic Worlds Adventure Kit.


One small part of the kit which I contributed is a map.


You may read about the entire kit at D23.com

Of course, that’s where you can learn about the club itself, it’s events, offers and other Disney news.

If you, for example, renewed your membership this last Christmas, then you’ll be receiving the 2019 gift of beautiful enamel pins.

To keep the map an exclusive surprise, I won’t be sharing detailed images here on my blog, Instagram or other social media branches until later in the year. I will, however, tell you a behind-the-art tale of making the thing.


Fantastic Map-ortunity 
“Where’s the Matterhorn on this thing?”

Mid July 2019, a Disney colleague pitched my name to work on part of the 2020 Gold Member Gift. The D23 group wanted new designs for a map, a set of enamel pins, badges and postcards with room for more stuff budget allowing. At this stage, the package was forming both creatively and budget-wise. My colleague said that I’d be specifically perfect for creating the map, based on a few past projects in which my knowledge of Disney came in handy. I suppose that I’ve also demonstrated the willingness to put in the work on big art projects.

At this early stage, the “wish list” brief consisted of maybe 20 well-known Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel places. I doubt that anyone really had a clear idea of how a map could depict houses, cities, countries, moons and planets in a comfortable scale. Some of the inspiration examples that they sources were very simple and graphic, and along those lines perhaps scale wasn’t a limiting factor. The D23 group did imply that maybe the Star Wars and Marvel parts were still “maybes”, that they might not be part of the map of “Fantastic Places” as they were then calling the whole package. At this pitch stage, the size of the map hadn’t been dictated except for knowing that everything would have to fit inside the gift box no large than 35 cm (14-inches).

I accepted with that loose description. With so little known, it allowed my mind to make up the rest. I decided that the map would have to expand to represent hundreds of different movie and television properties and draw inspiration from the classic “Disneyland Fun Maps” that were sold in decades past. It would have to be 36-inches long (91 cm).


Fun for All 
The Disneyland Fun Maps were artistic representations of the one and only (at the time) Disney theme park. It may not have been at true scale, but it did function like a real, printed map. It was folded in a specific way as to display in a shelf pocket in the Main Street Emporium showing a section with a legend and quote of Walt Disney’s opening day dedication, all tell-tale signs that the object wrapped in cellophane was a folded map. It had every attraction, shop, restaurant, restroom and phone booth indicated in their rightful spots. Many versions would have “future attractions,” some that would come to fruitions and some that remain a dream to this day. Curiously, the Fun Maps existed along side of the free, pocket-sized guides/ pamphlets which featured the same information.

Disney Imagineering legend Sam McKim designed the original Fun Map at larger than printed-size, with the final piece being about 45-inches (114 cm) wide. The map would be updated periodically. I’m told that in the pre-digital age, this would be done directly on the original McKim drawing, with bits whited-out, re-drawn or covered with pasted on parts. The printed map would shrink to about 36-inches. There are versions that are entirely new and separate drawings by different artists.

This was my inspirational target.


Latitude Adjustment 
Pitch sketch in blue pencil.

On a piece of letter-size paper (28 cm x 21 cm) I sketched a concept layout and relayed my plans. 

My contact and who would become a good supporter, Justin, said that they’d get back to me. You see, they were thinking that it could just be a not-folded, 13-inches (33 cm) card. Waiting on a response, I thought that maybe they were right - after all, they were the client. The next day, they said, go for the full 36-inches plan.  

Uh oh. 36 isn’t just 2.76% bigger than 13, it is 7.67% larger in area. Firming up the plan to concentrate only on Disney and Pixar film and television properties, they gave me an expanded list and the freedom to add to it. Uh oh, again.

Early on I hoped to draw it smaller than life, and scan it digitally at a high resolution. Maybe I could just draw some thing cleaner over my conceptual sketch? 


Working Too Hard Can Give You a Cartography-Attack-ack-ack-ack-ack 
My actual process was this:
  • On a large sheet of white banner paper off a 24-inch wide roll, I designed, sketched and inked the art at planned actual, printed size. 
  • I sketched with a red pencil. As I’ve described of my work process in the past, when digitally scanned, the color red appears nearly white in the red channel of the RGB file. In that way, I don’t erase much, and therefore I don’t spend precious time erasing much.
  • Rather than bringing the entire piece of art to a full sketch, I concentrated on smaller areas, one section at a time. I scanned each newly sketched section and pasted them into a full sketch version that never existed.
  • I inked with a black micro or ultra fine roller ball pen, directly over the red pencil. In the same manner, scans of newly inked patches were added to the growing “final” inked art.
  • I added color in the digital file on a layer beneath the layer of inked lines.
  • Most of the revisions were sketched and inked on a separate sheet and added to their corresponding digital revised versions. Meaning that in sketch form and in inked drawing I have a so-called “original” version and a “final” version. There’s only one final color version.

The border mimics the design of a few Fun Maps replacing portraitures of Disney characters with 23 key landmarks taken directly from the map art and recolored monochromatically. The border also features longitudinal and lateral grid indicators for what was intended to match up with a legend of points of interest.


Map-dition and Subtraction
Thankfully, D23 was encouraging with every successive update which sketched out form three weeks, to four, to let’s say six. From roughly shaping the continent coastline, I began in what I refer to the metropolitan district the the lower left corner, and worked up and to the right. To my logic, an area nearest to the viewer could best accommodate tiny shops and buildings. As the map progresses farther away (up the map), towns, then cities, then kingdoms and countries could exist in an acceptable scale.

With so much of the map blank for so long over the weeks, of course there were suggestions for adding this and that. In some instances, things were removed. But at least they existed on the map at one point. Some of the things on the wish list weren’t included- for reasons.


Everybody Wants to Make Rules for the World
The selections of things was loosely guided by my made-up rules:
  • First, it must be Disney or Pixar sourced.
  • It has to be fantastic and not a real place or bit of architecture. Sorry, no Eiffel Tower (The Aristocats), no NotrĂ© Dame Cathedral and no Bulldog CafĂ© (The Rocketeer).
  • It has to be visually distinct. Sorry, Metroville (The Incredibles) looks like a city of a bunch of grey blocks. 
  • Disney Theme Park icons are okay if they’re park originals and not recreations of other things. Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion - yes. Cars Land - no, but Radiator Springs - yes. 
  • If the thing or place is in the name of the movie or television show, it’s at least worth considering.
  • If the thing or place has never previously been shown or depicted, it’s a candidate for being cut from consideration. Hey, let’s not start making up things.
  • That’s a considerable amount of road work and water ways, let’s include some vehicles (i.e. here’s a way to include a movie that doesn’t have a distinct building).
  • There’s room for Disney history.
  • There’s room to break the above rules. (i.e. the client is always right). 


Now all that remains is for the gift packages to ship and get in members’ hands and then folks can dive into the map and see what they can find.

 From d23.com
D23 Fantastic Worlds Map – Unfold the magic with this epic map, depicting more than 250 places, vehicles, and characters, representing more than 150 films, television shows, and theme park locations– all created by Disney and Pixar! You could spend hours looking at all the individual surprises– including 23 hidden Mickeys, a ‘Hidden Oswald,’ and so much more! Designed just for the D23 2020 Gold Member Gift by Disney artist Bryan Mon, the 24-by 36-inch map lovingly pays tribute to the ‘Fun Maps’ of Disneyland’s past.”

Happy exploring!