Preston Blair
PRESTON BLAIR
How to Animate Film Cartoons by Preston Blair (1980)
original final art for publication
pencil, india ink, and opaque watercolor on paper mounted to 20" x 15" illustration board, image size: 17.5" x 13.5"
This is the original final art titled "Expressing An Attitude" that was created by famed animator Preston Blair and published on page 14 of his art instruction book How to Animate Film Cartoons, published in 1980 by Walter T. Foster. The art is composed of individual painted drawings trimmed and mounted to board for publication. In 1980 Mr. Blair's original book—Animation—was retitled, revised and expanded to 40 pages to include new illustrations, text, and color pages. A picture of the printed page is shown below; however, a copy of the book is not included with this item.

Preston Blair began his career in animation with Walter Lantz and Charles Mintz in the 1930s before joining the Walt Disney Studio later in that decade. He animated characters for Fantasia (notably Mickey Mouse and Hyacinth Hippo) and also worked on Pinocchio (1940) and Bambi (1942). He left Disney for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after the 1941 strike. There he joined Fred "Tex" Avery's unit. He is famed for his animation of the sexy nightclub star Red in six of Tex Avery's M-G-M cartoons. In the 1960s he animated at Hanna-Barbera on The Flintstones and in subsequent years was involved in the development and production of animated films and commercials.

Mr. Blair authored a number of art and animation instruction books published by Walter T. Foster. The first, Animation, was published in 1949 and was revised several times into the 1990s. His Cartoon Animation and Animation 1 remain in print today. Walter T. Foster—a well-known artist and teacher—began producing art instruction books from his home in Laguna Beach, California, in the 1930s.

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