Kay Nielson

An early illustration for Disney's Little Mermaid, drawn by Kay Nielson (above)

On a great blog called Drawn!, I learned of some fantastic early illustrations for Disney's Little Mermaid, many of which are posted by Snufkin on Livejournal here:

http://the-scepter.livejournal.com/14468.html

The illustrations are by Kay Nielson, drawn in the 1940s, a long time before the Little Mermaid movie we all know. I love Nielson's stylized watercolor and charcoal images, and how cinematic they seem.