Original Artwork for Give A Show Slides
Original product artwork, whether it be in the form of toy sculptings, wood patterns or painted images, is usually considered the most desirable category of Kenner prototype. Most pieces are one-of-a-kind, of course, but artwork pieces are significant for another reason--they serve as the masters for mass-produced products; they're the starting point for the toys and packaging images we've all become so familiar with.

These pieces represent three of the twelve slides from the Kenner Give-A-Show slide projector, a toy often recycled throughout Kenner's history. You can see a comparison of the artwork and the finished product in the two photos above. One nice thing about the art is that you can still see some of the original pencil drawing under the inked portions, as well as the handwritten 'dialogue' in the blank space above the images. The size of these is approximately 4x the size of the produced slide. Artists would often work in a larger scale in order to provide the correct amount of detail in the final product. It was especially important with these slides, since they were meant to be projected at several times the size of the slide.

Description by: John Wooten
Photo: John Wooten
From the collection of: John Wooten, Dan Flarida, William Byers
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Product Artwork


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