About Bill Perkins
Bill graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design. He began his career as a fine artist represented by The Shriver Gallery in Taos, NM, and Ester Wells gallery in Laguna Beach, CA. His work was also exhibited in the Springfield Museums spring salon, and the National Watercolor Society’s invitational show, and the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art. He was a founding member of the Plein Air Painters of America and traveled with the group to Italy and Portugal.
In 1986 Bill began his film career as a layout artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation on Oliver and Co. and continued on a string of hits Including: Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, and lead layout on the critically acclaimed Rescuers Down Under where he helped form the workbook process for digitally composited films. As art director on Aladdin, Bill developed the first comprehensive style guide. He left Disney during Fantasia 2000’s Pines of Rome sequence. In 1994, Bill moved on to Warner bros. to art direct Space Jam. Shortly after it’s completion he began doing visual development for DreamWorks on Shrek, and then moved to San Francisco to production design on Frankenstein for ILM. In 2001 Bill returned to Moorpark California and opened High Street Studio as an independent preproduction and design studio where he took on contract again with Walt Disney Feature Animation on Brother Bear, and Bolt. Some of his other clients were DNA Productions, on the Ant Bully, Character Builders, and Disneytoon studios on 101 Dalmatians, Patch’s’ London Adventure, Tarzan II, Brother Bear II, Tinkerbell, and Fox and the Hound II. In 2005 he worked jointly with the 9th Ray Studio doing preproduction visual development, and storyboards, on live action projects such as Outlander (Ascendant Films), The Spiderwick Chronicles and Charlotte’s Web (Paramount). In 2007 Bill returned to the Walt Disney Studio to complete work on Bolt, Prep and Landing 1 and 2, Tangled, Frozen, and art directed A Tick Tock Tale. He left Disney Animation Studio again to work with Disneytoon Studio as art director on an upcoming project.