Tyrus Wong was a Chinese-American artist whose pastel drawings served as inspiration for Disney's Bambi. Wong was born in China before immigrating to the US in 1920 at age nine. He was encourage to do art from an early age by his father, and eventually got a summer scholarship to Otis Art Institute. Early in his Disney career he worked as an "in-betweener", drawing the inbetween frames from the key poses of the main animators. It was tedious work so when the opportunity to work on landscapes for Bambi came up, he jumped at the chance. His drawings were shown to the film's art director and then to Walt himself who was immediately taken by Wong's impressionist and airy atmosphere. His style was inspired by Song Dynasty classical paintings.
I just want to highlight that Wong's life wasn't easy, as a Chinese-American he experienced discrimination, incarceration, isolation and rigorous interrogation (even as a child). His contribution to Bambi went largely unrecognised for several decades.
After Disney he worked for Warner Brothers from 1942 to 1968. In 2001 he was inducted as a Disney Legend. Apart from illustration work he was also an animator, calligrapher, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer and kite maker. He died on December 30, 2016 aged 106.