Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 108th birthday of Tyrus Wong the Chinese-American artist responsible for some of the best-known images in American popular culture.
Wong has created some of the most well-known and popular images. He was also responsible for creating some of Disney’s most iconic works, including Bambi.
Google Doodle Paid Homage to Tyrus Wong
Tyrus Wong was born Wong Gen Yeo, in a village in southern China’s Guangdong Province on October 25, 1910. Wong and his father immigrated to the United States seeking a better life in 1920. They eventually settled in Los Angeles.
The Google doodle also shows how Tyrus Wong’s love for art from an early age. His father recognizes his love of arts at early age. Wong practice calligraphy using water and newspapers as well as study Chinese art at the Los Angeles Central Library.
In junior high school, Wong received a scholarship to the Otis Art Institute, helping himself as a host in Chinatown.
In 1932, Wong’s work was presented at the Art Institute of Chicago. His most well-known movie was on the Disney film Bambi, where he served as a lead illustrator, profoundly influencing the art of the beloved classic.
Walt Disney hired Tyrus Wong in 1938 as an “inbetweener” intern. An illustrator who sketches between key animator sketches, forming the movement of a character or object.
Subsequently, Wong went on to work for Warner Brothers, drawing and painting storyboards that took shape in the form of some of the most iconic Hollywood movies like Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and The Wild Bunch (1969).
Today’s Doodle was heavily inspired by Tyrus’ paintings of forests, which are atmospheric, blurry, and magical. I tried to imbue the Doodle with this dreamy feeling too.
Wong passed away on December 30, 2016, at the age of 106. Even though his contributions were largely not in light during the time he lived.
A message from the creator of today’s Google Doodle, Sophie Diao:
The more research I did on his life, the more impressed I was by the playful and curious way he lived. I feel like I really got to know him from all the videos and interviews in which he lit up when talking about his creative process. Now that the project is over, I’ll miss being immersed in his world. I hope to carry forward the inspiration I found.
Happy Birthday, Tyrus Wong!