Saturday, August 7, 2010

Welch’s Grape Juice Bar

I got an interesting comment on yesterday’s post: How about a rendering of the Welch's Grape Juice Stand's Mural? I know...probably a pipe dream!

Well, that all depends.  If you are looking for a rendering of the interior of the Welch’s Grape Juice Bar, including the mural, here it is (still in progress).  On the other hand, if you are looking for a rendering of an Eyvind Earle style forest, complete with a procession of centaurs and centaurettes, drawn as a three-dimensional model, then I might not be the best guy.

The drawing program that I use is called Google SketchUp.  This wonderful program is actually available for free downloads here.  The program is great for drawing 3-D models of buildings and other architectural shapes.  I’ve been able to do some remarkable things with this versatile drawing tool (see the House of the Future).  But 3-D people and animal shapes are something all together different.

The best drawing program for people is Poser (check it out here).  I had an older version of the program that I seldom used because it only let me build people.  The problem is that I usually design things.  The people, that I could build, floated in space.  Scenery could not be added.  As I understand, it is easier to import 3-D props and scenery into Poser today. 

But for me, I still enjoy drawing people by hand.  Also, as you review the work on my blog, you’ll notice that most of my people are stylized cartoons in one form or another.  I’m usually working hard at matching a particular animator’s style.  Trying to do so in 3-D may not be the best use of my time since most of my character work is used in 2-D art.

Still, recreating this wonderful scene in 3-D would be a great challenge for someone.

In the meantime, here is the juice bar with the mural in place.  (I work pretty fast.  This is just a few hours work after I read your question.)  A grape-arbor-like sign still needs to be added over the counter.  Then the real detailing would begin.  Cash registers, juice machines, cups and ice bins are just a few of the props needed to make the scene feel real.  Then I’ll need to finish out the exterior too, at least as far as my rendering can see.  Finally, I’ll probably add some people; but they will be 2-D cutouts that always face the camera.

It just occurred to me that perhaps you might want a line drawing, or painting, of the mural.  Simply copying the work of Eyvind Earle would not be something that I would enjoy.  I’d prefer to match his style and create a new scene, for a new purpose.  If you want to enjoy Eyvind’s original art then you might want to go here.

Please let me know just what you’re looking for.  After all, my job is making dreams come true.


  1. Talk about making dreams come true...excellent job, Robert!

  2. Other little kids loved Fantasyland for the rides, but my favorite attractions were the Jolly Roger (famous for its Peter Pan/Captain Hook duels and tuna sandwiches!) and the Welch's Grape Juice stand featuring the Centaurs and Centaurettes. Mind you, I had never seen "Fantasia" back in the mid-1960s, but my December birthday ensured my fascination with those awesome images of the prancing revellers. I'm so grateful to find someone else with an interest in that long-gone treat and appreciate your talent at trying to recreate it, Robert. Bravo!