Thomas A. Gieseke - Illustration / Art
Like Tom on Facebook Find Tom on LinkedIn Print this page Email this page to a friend Share Tom on Facebook

"Cat and Mouse"  Illustration

"Cat and Mouse"

Illustration for 'The Art of Mickey Mouse' by Craig Yoe and Janet Morra Yoe.
As my own little inside story to the illustration, I wanted to use the building at 20th and
Cherry in Kansas City, where Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks set up their first animation studio.
As the story goes, a field mouse had trespassed the second story studio and Walt had
befriended him and fed him each day. Walt dubbed the mouse 'Mortimer' and eventually
drew him as a cartoon character. Walt's wife Lillian didn't care much for the name
and later convinced him to change it to 'Mickey'.

The building, however, was in such a state of disrepair at the time that I decided
to use the front of a car parts store on Broadway instead. The cat was my sister-in-law's.
The cat was dark grey, but I thought changing him to orange gave me
more contrast against the blue sky, so I change him.