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Veteran Disney Character Designer Opens Special Exhibit

The Creative Talent Network and Van Eaton Galleries will present SCRIBBLIN ON SCRAP WITH RIK MAKI an exhibition and sale of original art by one of the most prolific and influential artists working in feature animated films, including THE LION KING, HERCULES, A BUGS LIFE, FINDING NEMO and TREASURE PLANET.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Rik Maki has spent 18 years designing characters for nearly every major animated film to come out of Walt Disney Studios. Addicted to the honesty of quick sketches, Maki draws in his spare time on anything from used mail envelopes to discarded cardboard, and has even produced an entire series sketched on placemats and napkins from his favorite Studio City restaurant. His work has been collected and published in two sketchbooks signed copies of which will be available at the exhibition.

SCRIBBLIN ON SCRAP is an exhibit and sale of more than 150 of Makis sketches set in a special installation that invites visitors to step inside a corner of the artists office. He will be in attendance at the June 21 opening reception from 7:00-10:00 pm at Van Eaton Galleries, working at his animation desk, and made visible through a digital camera feed that allows guests a peek at him sketching live.

Quick sketches have an immediacy and a life in their first impression that you don't get with a drawing that's been tickled to death, says Maki, I just like the honesty and imperfections of the quick sketch.

The Exhibition and Sale runs through Saturday, July 8, at Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, California 91423. The exhibition and sale is free, and Van Eaton Galleries are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. RSVPs are suggested for the opening reception and can be made by calling (818) 788-2357.

CREATIVE TALENT NETWORK (CTN) is a virtual community established in 1994 as a way to keep professionals in the print, games, film and video industries connected. Presenting artists portfolios to prospective employers online, CTNs membership includes leading animators, illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists and other creatives. These artists have come together to market their talents, pursue common goals, share their experience, connect with other professionals worldwide and improve the ability for clients to connect with them. For more information, visit

Van Eaton Galleries ( has more than 2,400 square feet of exhibition and retail space in Southern California devoted entirely to Animation and related Fine Art.

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