Here’s an overview of the sources I used that proved to be very beneficial to my study on Mary Blair:
- Walt Disney and Animation Artists in South America – 1941 by Alain Littaye (Online Article/Photo Collection)
Alain, Alain. “Walt Disney and Animation Artists in South America – 1941.” The Disney and More Blog. N.p., 19 Nov. 2008. Web.
Posted on a Disney based blog, this article was full of real pictures from Walt Disney’s trip to South America in 1941, along with a brief backstory on why and how this trip happened.
This photo collection was incredibly useful for my learning centre! I printed out the photos and hung them up along the perimeter of the locker bay, and really added a nice effect to my learning centre. There’s not a whole lot of information however, but the photos are priceless.
- One Of Disney’s Most Influential Female Artists Finally Gets Her Due by Katherine Brooks (Online Article)
Brooks, Katherine. “One Of Disney’s Most Influential Female Artists Finally Gets Her Due.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 22 Mar. 2014. Web.
This Huffington Post article really shed some light on how much recognition Mary Blair truly deserves. Filled with her achievements/accomplishments and lots of artwork, it was very visually engaging.
This article is actually what started it all! Before reading it, I had no idea my eminent person was going to be Mary Blair. It was very inspiring, and I knew I had to prove how much Mary Blair really mattered through my eminent project.
- Mary Blair: The artistic force behind Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ by Alex Cohen (Online Article/Interview)
Cane Maker, John. “Mary Blair: The Artistic Force behind Disney’s ‘Cinderella'” Interview by Alex Cohen. Southern California Public Radio. BBC, 12 Mar. 2015. Web.
This was a very interesting source, because I got to hear an art specialist’s personal views on the impact he thought Mary made and why her art was so unique. It really added a personal aspect to my speech.
- Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair by John Cane maker (Book)
Canemaker, John. Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair. San Francisco: Weldon Owen, 2014. Print.
This book really opened my eyes to what Mary had to go through to get where she was, and it was interesting to read a book completely dedicated to my eminent person that was written by such a dependable source. I loved observing the aesthetics of her design, and the artwork in the book was produced very well. I got a really good sense of her style through this book, and therefore was able to explain her artwork in my speech.
- Influential Disney People – Mary Blair by Joe Campione (Online Video)
Influential Disney People – Mary Blair. Perf. Joe Campione. YouTube. Google, 20 Dec. 2014. Web.
This is somewhat of a “mini” documentary on Mary Blair, and covers a lot of topics! From her early career/education to what she did while in the Disney company, watching this really gave me a good general sense about who Mary Blair really was as an artist and as a person. It mentioned a lot of important events, and went through her life chronologically.
This video led to much more than just information, as my interviewee ended up being Joe Campione (Joe The Disney Guy), the maker of this video! Joe’s personal opinions that were scattered around in this video were very insightful, and helped with Walt Disney’s character in my speech.
- Mary Blair (Wikipedia Page)
“Mary Blair.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Feb. 2012. Web.
Like any Wikipedia page, it included an overload of information. It covered categories such as Early Life, Career, Filmography, and Legacy. While not too detailed, it gave an overview on a large array of aspects from her life.
Wikipedia is always a good starting point to get a rough idea of your topic, but the really useful parts of Wikipedia are the links at the bottom that lead to you external sources. I headed to Wikipedia as soon as I decided on Mary Blair as my eminent person to get a brief summary of her life, and then let it lead me to my sources.
- Walt Disney Museum exhibit focuses on bold colorful world of Mary Blair by Robert Taylor (Online Article)
Taylor, Robert. “Walt Disney Museum Exhibit Focuses on Bold Colorful World of Mary Blair.” San Jose Mercury News. Digital First Media, 11 Mar. 2014. Web.
This article included snippets from a large amount of interviews. Their interviewees included John Canemaker, Frank Thomas, Jeanne Chamberlain and Maggie Richardson. The interviews were mainly revolved around the museum exhibit, and what it meant to the interviewees.
I found this very useful, as I got direct personal perspective and insight on Mary Blair from people who knew a lot about her. John Canemaker gave more professional answers while Jeanne Chamberlain and Maggie Richardson gave more personal answers, since they are her nieces. One of Frank Thomas’ quotes actually made it directly into my speech, to portray how Mary Blair bent the rules of art!