Ink and Paint, Walt Disney Studios

At the Helm of Ink & Paint

By Julia Vargas, Walt Disney Archives

The Ink & Paint Department at the Disney studio was an epicenter of artistry and innovation.

In 1932, Grace Bailey came to Disney for a tryout when she found out they were looking for artists. She was put in charge of Paint during production of the Silly Symphony series when the studio was moving away from…

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Joyce Carlson with posing with a remarkably similar “it’s a small world” doll.

From Ink and Paint to Imagineering: The Remarkable Career of Joyce Carlson

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

Disney Legend Joyce Carlson began her impressive career with The Walt Disney Company in 1944, in the studio traffic department, where she was responsible for delivering mail and other items like pencils, brushes, or coffee to animators and artists. “Traffic was where you could get the lay of the land. It wasn’t a place…

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Author and Historian Mindy Johnson was Drawn to Discover the Incredible Contributions of Disney’s Trailblazing Women of Animation

By D23 Team

The newest book from award-winning author and historian Mindy Johnson, Pencils, Pens & Brushes—A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation, is dedicated to “Dreamers in search of their Greatness.” And, with the help of illustrations by Disney artist Lorelay Bové, Johnson shines a light on a host of women trailblazers in animation at The Walt Disney…

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Disney history

The Disney History Buff’s Guide to Disney+

By Savannah Salazar

Launching on November 12, Disney+ is the one-stop streaming service for all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, giving fans access to a variety of favorite titles. When it comes to being an ultimate Disney history aficionado, the anticipated streaming service has everything you need—from exclusive behind-the-scenes…

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Ginni Mack and Walt Disney

Remembering Ginni Mack

By D23 Team

We are sorry to report that Ginni Mack, who brought her expert eye for color to The Walt Disney Studios’ Ink & Paint Department for many years, and who served as the original model for Tinker Bell, has passed away. She was 90.

The Oklahoma-born Helen Virginia Gilliland moved to California with her family at age 10. She grew up just a few miles from…

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Ink & Paint Recap

Explore a World of Color Inside the Ink and Paint Department!

By Tyler Slater

On the afternoon of July 18, an intimate group of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members had the rare opportunity to discover the magic of inking and painting at The Walt Disney Studios.

As part of the D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience series, guests enjoyed a demonstration on how Disney animated films like Dumbo (1941), One Hundred and One Dalmatians…

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Ink and Paint artists

Ink and Paint Artists Remember Tea Time at the Disney Studio

The holiday season offers the perfect time to sit back and reflect on favorite memories from days gone by. And for the generations of artists and staff members of the Disney Studio, there are many great tales to recall.

There was the especially busy December of 1939, when the Studio was hard at work finishing one of the most technically complicated animated films of…

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