ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Normally we try to feature the work of talented fan artists, but today I felt like doling out a daily dose of nostalgia by featuring an artist whose work we all know well.

John Alvin worked on illustrating key art for the entertainment industry for over 30 years, and coined his own style, known by his peers as "Alvinesque," a term coined by Disney's Fred Tio. While his art has become posters and key features for over 135 films, he's probably best known for his work with Walt Disney Studios.

Sadly, Alvin passed away at the age of 58 in 2008. Below are just a few of his many works that not only graced my family's collection of VHSes, but also became part of our childhoods:

The Little Mermaid (1989)

John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios

*Okay, technically this movie came out towards the end of 1989, but it's one of my all-time favorites so I had to include it.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios

Pinocchio (1992 re-release)

John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios

Aladdin (1992)

John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios

The Lion King (1994)

John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios

Mulan (1998)

John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios
John Alvin/Walt Disney Studios

When looking at each of these posters one after the other, the Alvineseque style is really clear. The ethereal glow and use of color is distinct to his work. Soulful, emotional, and perfect for Disney.

For more of John Alvin's work, you can check out his website HERE or buy the book The Art of John Alvin, which was published by his wife Andrea, who worked alongside him, after his passing. The book highlights some of his best work and gives insight into his life and process.

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