Subject:
Robert St. Piere

Birth/Death
Declined to specify

Occupation/Title
Layout Artist/Production Designer

Bio Summary
Robert St. Pierre was born and raised in New England. He went to college in Connecticut and California and has worked on several animated series and films such as A Goofy Movie. He has done production design and layout work for both Disney and Time Warner, and also gives lectures and leads workshops to help educate fellow artists.

Early Life/Family
Robert's early life and family had little impact on his choice to become an artist. According to him his family was supportive financially when he went to school but ultimately he simply decided to become an artist when he was older and on his way to college.

Education/Training:
Robert's education started in Hamden Connecticut where he attended the private Paier College of Art. Then he transferred to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California, and eventually went on to UCLA where he studied directing film and production design as a grad student.

Career Outline:
Robert St. Pierre is fortunate to have worked oversees in France as well as in the U.S., he has worked on A Goofy Movie, Space Jam, Another Goofy Movie, Pirates of The Caribbean, and Lady and the Tramp II just to name a few. He has most recently done a lot of work for Disney's Mickey's Clubhouse. He is also an educator who lectures and leads workshops across the world.

Comments On Style:
Robert's style is very whimsical and detailed. Perfect for a Disney Layout artist.

Influences:
Early American illustrators like John Singer Sargent, Dean Cornwell, Norman Rockwell, and Andrew Loomis were his initial illustration influences. Within the animation industry he was drawn to the designs of Maurice Noble and Ken Anderson. Today he is inspired by Michael Spooner and Paul Felix.

Personality:
Robert St. Pierre is a very patient and attentive person, being an educator he has no problem taking time out of his busy day to answer an email from a starving animation student just trying to get a good grade. He's also very informative, once again taking extra time to give detailed responses to important questions. One could also assume he is cultured enough to get along in France as an American.

Anecdotes:
None very specific but Robert did mention he was very fond of his time oversees in France when working on A Goofy Movie, perhaps if it were a face to face conversation he would've divulged a story or two.

Miscellaneous:
He initially studied illustration, but got into story and layout design which gave him an entrance into the world of animation.

Filmography:
2012 - Present Walt Disney Animation Studio - Burbank, California "Sophia the First", Series Television. Background Layout Artist
Responsibilities include conceptualizing and executing backgrounds and props, for Disney's newest children's television show.
2010 - 2012 Walt Disney Animation Studio - Burbank, California "Mickey Mouse Club House", Series Television. Background Layout Artist
Responsibilities include conceptualizing and executing backgrounds and props, for the #1 rated children's television show.
2010 - 2010 Walt Disney Feature Animation - Burbank, California "Winnie the Pooh", Theatrical release. Background Layout Artist
Responsibilities include workbook, rough production layout, lighting and cleanup background.
2008 - 2009 Walt Disney Feature Animation - Burbank, California "The Princess and the Frog", Theatrical release. Background Layout Artist
Responsibilities include workbook, rough production layout, lighting and cleanup background.
2006 - 2007 9LLC /Attitude Studios - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg "9". Theatrical release. Production Designer
Role continued as lead over a smaller overseas art department preparing 2-D set and prop designs for the 3-D modeling and texturing team. In addition, responsibilities included overseeing the artistic direction of all 3D, low-res proxies, hi-res modeling and the texturing of sets, characters and props to ensure assets met the vision and expectations for the film.
2006 - 2006 9LLC - Playa Del Rey, California "9". Theatrical release. CoProduction Designer
Responsibilities include directly or indirectly supervising the design of 2-D location, prop and character designs for 3-D modeling interpretation. Additional responsibilities include overseeing concept sketches, orthographic drawings and texture packets for overseas production use.
2003 - 2006 Reel FX Creative Studios - Dallas, Texas Various feature length, direct video entertainment properties and entertainment design. Creative director/Production Designer
In addition to visual development, responsibilities include designing 2-D designs and orthographic drawings for 3-D production animation. Supervising in-house and freelance 2-D artists and art directed 3-D proxies and hi-res environment, character and prop assets.
2000 - 2002 Walt Disney Direct Video - Burbank, California "Mulan II", Direct to home video release. Production designer
Responsibilities included spearheading and designing the project style guide. Instituted and supervised new workbook phase. Visual development, Workbook, Pre-production layout, prop design, implemented and oversaw CGI to working 2-D production layouts. Supervised and directed multiple artists.
2000 - 2000 Walt Disney Direct Video - Burbank, California "101 Dalmatians II" Direct to home video release. Pre-production layout 1999 - 2000 Walt Disney Animation Australia - Sydney, Australia "Lady and the Tramp II", Direct to home video release. Co-Layout
director Additional responsibilities included contributions in departmental restructuring, designing and initiating interdepartmental training classes.
1998 - 1999 Walt Disney Direct Video - Burbank, California "Lady and the Tramp II", Direct to home video release. Production designer
1998 - 1998 Walt Disney Direct Video - Burbank, California "Pirates of the Caribbean", Direct to home video release. Visual development
1998 - 1998 Walt Disney Direct Video - Burbank, California "Another Goofy Movie", Direct to home video release. Pre-production layout
1997 - 1998 Walt Disney Direct Video - North Hollywood, California "Lady and the Tramp II", Direct to home video release. Pre-production layout supervisor
1995 - 1997 Warner Brothers Feature Animation - Glendale, California "Space Jam", "The Quest", "The Zoo", Theatrical releases. Visual development, Workbook and production layout
1994 - 1995 France Animation - Paris, France "Urmel", European television series. Production layout supervisor, production consultant
1994 - 1994 Cologne Cartoon - Koln, Germany "The Nature Series", German television special. Production layout supervisor, production consultant
1993 - 1994 Walt Disney Animation France - Paris, France "A Goofy Movie", Theatrical release. Production Layout
1991 - 1993 Walt Disney Television Animation - North Hollywood, California
"Darkwing Duck", "Bonkers", "Raw Toonage", Network and TV syndication. Storyboard, pre-production and production layout

Honors:
There is a Scholarship named after him for aspiring high school illustrators.

Related Links:
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-st-pierre/2/213/486

Bibliographic References:
http://robertstpierre.com/

Contributors To This Listing:
Robert St. Pierre himself
James Robbins

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