Thursday, October 6, 2011

Inspiration from Mary Blair, illustrator

While scanning Pinterest this morning, I saw this illustration that really got me excited. I am so attracted to the rich colors, the simple styling of the flowers and butterflies, the child seems happy and free, the font used is not a font, but hand drawn letters. It's graphic but with elements like stippling that give it texture and charm.

I love it so much that I decided to do a little more research on the artist. Her name is Mary Blair, and she worked for The Walt Disney Company producing iconic concept art in the 1950's and 1960's. That image that first caught my attention was the cover of a Golden Book I Can Fly which has never been out of print. She was also responsible for creating the whimsical look of the Disney attraction It's a Small World, as well as the concept art for Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan and many more. I am a new fan of this underrated and more unknown artist. I love her ALMOST as much as I love Charlie Harper (and don't even get me started on him...)

I love this mosaic at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Again, color! graphic minimalism!

Here are some more of the illustrations she did for Golden Books, which are so beautiful. I'm so glad I spent some of my time today learning more. I have to also thank Suzanna from CitrusAndOrange who my personal muse for always-inspiring images. I swear, any time I see something I LOVE, it has her name attached to it somehow. If you'd like to view some more of Mary Blair's illustrations, I've got some more here.

Source: via Margot on Pinterest


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