Gearing up for D23 this weekend!
I wanted to create an image for this years D23 Expo that really went back to the beginning of Walt’s dream. I imagined him sitting in his animation studio with his head full of vision, imagination and passion. I am most impacted by his drive and ability to stare fear in the face to launch the most incredible ideas. Whether he was building an animation studio, developing theme park attractions or running a team of creatives, he used all to raise the tide of creativity and innovation to impact people. .
My hope was to have this image return to the early days; to capture Walt's heart and vision. His trusted and faithful friend Mickey Mouse was so important to him and together they changed the world. I wanted Mickey to be coming alive and raising off the page. I used sepia black and white tones to go back to the black and white cartoons I love to watch. In fact, the theater in Disneyland is our family favorite as we stop inside to watch all the classics including Steamboat Willie. I appreciate Walt’s drive to impact the world and the countless lives his creativity continues to impact. My hope, is that this image would be a reminder to us that life is short and that we have one life to live. I titled the piece “Full Steam Ahead” as a reminder that each day counts. May we overcome the obstacles that stand in the way us living our true identity and calling. When we do, we live “Full Steam Ahead”. .
I will be signing this new release inside the D23 Dream Store during the expo Friday 6-7pm and Saturday 2:30-4pm. In addition, make sure to visit the Noah Fine Art booth in the exhibit hall. I’m super excited to see you there! #d23expo2017 #d23 #disney #noahfineart