Who Is Mary Blair?


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Today's Google Doodle honours the 100th birthday of Mary Blair with a colourful and charming variation on their recognisable logo. But just who is this Mary Blair character anyway, huh? HUH?

Mary Blair was born as Mary Robinson on October 21st 1911. She was an American artist and was a prominent role in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company. She drew lots of concept art for such films as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Song of the South.

Blair also created character designs for attractions at Disneyland's It's A Small World, which still endure to this day. She has also provided character designs for the fiesta scene in El Rio del Tiempo in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, and an enormous mosaic inside Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Several of her illustrated children's books from the 1950s remain in print, such as I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss. Blair was honored as a Disney Legend in 1991.

Mary Blair created many fine works out art outside of her association with Disney which are not widely known to the public, but these works, and her work as an illustrator still serve as an inspiration to many of today's contemporary designers and animators due to their bold and ground-breaking colour designs.

Below is a video-type-slideshow-thing that shows off nicely some of Mary's beautiful concept arts. Enjoy!

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