Christina Pellegrini
December 31, 2016 12:39 pm

The year 2016 has claimed a lot of talented lives, and sadly, the count keeps growing. On December 30, Chinese artist Tyrus Wong died at the age of 106.

He was best known for his illustrations that served as concept art for Disney’s animated movie Bambi. In his lifetime, he also worked on films such as Rebel Without a Cause, The Green Berets, and The Wild Bunch.

Tyrus’s death was announced on the Facebook page of his biographical documentary film, Tyrus.

Tyrus moved from China to Sacramento with his father when he was only nine years old. He attended art college on scholarship, where he was trained in Western art forms. At home, Tyrus’s dad schooled him in traditional Chinese artwork. As a result, Tyrus’s creations blend East and Western styles in a totally unique way.

Tyrus went on to work a low-level artist job for Walt Disney Studios, where one of his illustrations of a deer in a forest was lauded by Walt Disney himself. This image set the scene for the rest of the artwork in the 1942 animated film.

We know whenever we watch Bambi, we’ll think of Tyrus and his boundary-pushing art skills.