“You get an education in school and in college. And then you start to work. and that’s when you learn!”—Mary Blair
Mary Blair (1911-1978) was an American artist who came to prominence as a concept illustrator for the Walt Disney Company. She drew concept designs for many different films, but may be best known for conceptualizing the “It’s a Small World” ride. Her work was favored by Walt Disney himself, and animators are still influenced by her style and color work to this day.
Artists Note: Mary Blair is one of my favorite illustrators so I had to include her here. She’s the reason I paint in gouache paint so much (well, Acryla-gouache.) Though it doesn’t match her artwork at all, I tried to make her image as much a graphic as I could with clear batches of color. Not my forte, but I like how she turned out anyway. There are tons of her images online, I recommend you familiarize with her work at least a little. A total delight. Here is a good place to start.