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Ink and Paint Girls

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Feb. 7th, 2007 | 10:46 am

All inking and painting of celluloids, and all tracing done in the Studio is perfomed exclusively by a large staff of girls known as Inkers and Painters... This is the only department in the Disney Studio open to women artists. From the "Disney Studios Artist's Tryout Book" from 1938.

I know things were very different in 1938, but it still bothers me that women could only trace and not draw for so long. At least, that's all they could get credit for doing.

I really had been curious to know if women did any drawing jobs that involved animating...obviously, there were and they did. What a shame they weren't on the historical radar of the archives.

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Ink and Paint Girls

from: anonymous
date: Feb. 8th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I've heard that women were desired for this role because of their smaller hands (get closer to the details), their patience for the details work, and thier ability to keep a steady hand when doing the painstaking work of creating the clean lines... Agree though that a lot of talent was lost in having male only. - waltopia.com

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