I met Tyrus Wong at the Disney Family Museum opening of "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong this past week. It was an amazing honor to finally meet this man who’ve inspired so many of us in animation. Being from the Philippines I feel a special gratitude for his role in Bambi. Nothing will be hard to face up to after he’d done his stint at Disney.
"He was asking about that illustration, did you do that?" One of his minders had approached me to say, "he was asking who made it." It was a drawing I had done of Carl Fredriksen’s house for "UP". She introduced me and I did my best not to embarrass myself. I managed to thank him for his life’s work. I’m sure he didn’t quite hear me and he smiled sweetly throughout. I shook his hand again and motioned to go and someone said I should take a picture with him. This is a treasured moment captured in photograph. Live long and keep on flying, Tyrus!