Things are very busy right now and I don't have much time to write posts. Also, I sprained my thumb badly and it hurts to draw...or type! So here's a post of few words.
Since everybody seemed to like the tributes to Joe Ranft that everyone has posted, I thought I would post this: the Disney press release that was written for Bill Peet when he died. I scanned it pretty high res; click to read.
Here is some more of Bill's work that I doubt anyone has seen before; Vance Gerry owned them and let me copy them. I scanned these high res too; click to get a good look.
Did you know that Bill's given name was actually Bill Peed? In his earliest credits he used that name, before changing his last name to "Peet". According to the interview he gave to "Hogan's Alley" a few years ago, he changed it so that his children wouldn't suffer the same lifelong ridicule that he had to put up with.