Drawing (charcoal) of Donald Duck, signed "Roy", and with "HI HENRY" at top, the work, the sheet 9 3/4" by 6", presently simply framed for protection only. The drawing is by ROY WILLIAMS (1907-1976, who was inducted as a "Disney legend" posthumously in 1992. He was a Disney animator, who worked as director, producer, storyboard and layout artist. Significantly, he was also a Disney entertainer, perhaps best known as "Big Roy" the adult Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club tv series. The vigorous and spontaneous drawing should warm the hearts of any Donald Duck collector or Disneyana fan. There are some light creases at bottom and bottom right, far from the imagery.
Williams was born in eastern Washington State and raised in Los Angeles, where he attended Fremont High School. After graduating, he was hired as an artist by Walt Disney in 1930 (well, just about at the very beginning of things, there!). He worked on animated shorts while attending Chouinard Art Institute at night, and later also developed story ideas for Disney. Williams designed over 100 insignias for the U.S. armed forces during World War II, and is credited with designing the mouse ears worn on the Mickey Mouse Club. Roy traveled across the country to promote the re-release of such Disney films as Cinderella, while in 1959, he served as goodwill ambassador for The Walt Disney Studios. Later, he worked as a Disney comic strip artist, cartoonist at Disneyland and consultant on the traveling arena show, "Disney on Parade."
Disney art original Donald Duck drawing by animator storyboard artist ROY WILLIAMS (1907-1976)