Bill Layne’s pinup witch, 1966

Bill Layne was a background artist for Disney from 1942 until 1974 (working on, among others, Sleeping Beauty (1959), Mary Poppins (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)). He did calendar advertising art for Brown & Bigelow and produced the following October/Halloween witch for a 1966 Esquire calendar.

Layne is not well known (he lacks a Wikipedia entry), certainly not as well known as Alberto Vargas, Freeman Elliot, George Petty or Gil Elvgren (the subject of previous posts); however, there are a few galleries online: this gallery has 18 images; this one has larger, but fewer, images. You should also check out Becca’s post on Layne at No Smoking in the Skull Cave, then bookmark the site and set aside a weekend to browse through the rest of her posts!

2 Responses to “Bill Layne’s pinup witch, 1966”

  1. I had no idea Layne had worked at Disney! How interesting!

    I love his use of color. A really stand-out pin-up artist.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    But where’s the pumpkin stem?

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