When I was a child one of my all time favorite books was I Can Fly, illustrated by Mary Blair and written by Ruth Krauss. I adored that book because the girl was so much like me, full of imagination and make believe. I still have my copy from way, way back then. It’s packed away somewhere but once I find it, I will post a picture of its poor, dearly loved, quite disheveled self.
Mary Blair is a Disney legend, doing concept art for many of the classic Disney films and playing a major role in the design of It’s A Small World. Her style is endearing and her colors are vibrant. I love her work so much I recently created a board just for her (https://www.pinterest.com/lissaemmett/mary-blair/). This is a picture from that beloved book of mine, I Can Fly:
The picture I pinned from Pinterest came from a wonderful Tumblr site called Mid Century Modern Graphic Design. I may have to spend an entire evening on that site, pinning all the incredible art. http://midcenturymoderndesign.tumblr.com/post/26025944966/illustratedladies-mary-blair
If you want to find out more about Mary Blair, here are some good sites:
If you want to see her work in action, go to Disneyland and float through It’s A Small World. Mary’s magic can be seen everywhere in there.