Denise Blakely Fuller, a matte painter, layout person, and visual development artist who worked mostly in the feature animation industry in the U.S., died aged 52 on January 5, 2020 in Glendora, California. The cause of death was not announced.
In her career, which spanned nearly three decades, she helped design the worlds of well-known features and television series. Her talents took her to Pixar (Toy Story 3, Brave), Sony Pictures Imageworks (Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2), Warner Bros. Animation (Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island, Lego direct-to-video films), Reel FX (The Book of Life), and Rhythm and Hues (Elf). She also worked on games like Goldeneye: Rogue Agent at Electronic Arts.
Blakely Fuller was born on April 21, 1967 in Schenectady, New York. On the strength of her high school portfolio, she was accepted at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in illustration and industrial design.