Robert St. Pierre is a Production Designer, Visual Development and Conceptual Design Artist, Layout Artist, Educator, and Key Note Speaker with more than 20 years of experience in the animation industry.
Born and raised in New England, Robert began his professional education at Paier College of Art, a private art school located in Hamden, Connecticut. Ready to explore new horizons, he transferred to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he earned a BFA in Illustration in 1990. Following graduation, Robert continued to advance his studies in Architectural Rendering, Production Design, and Directing for Live Action Film at UCLA, in West Los Angeles, California.
While still in graduate school, Robert was approached by recruiters and artists from the Walt Disney Studios to participate in the company's first-ever storyboard training program. After successfully completing this invitational program, he sought out new opportunities in the Background Layout and Environment Design areas within the studio. In 1993, Robert accepted a position as a Production Layout Artist on "A Goofy Movie," a feature property through Disney's Paris, France studio. Since that time, Robert has continued to work as a Preproduction and Production Layout Artist for Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Disney Direct to Home Videos, and Walt Disney's Feature Animation, and has freelanced for numerous domestic and international studios.
Throughout his career, Robert has consistently accepted additional challenges and responsibilities as a Layout Supervisor and Production Designer. His animation projects have ranged from television series to direct-to-home video and feature length films, including international projects based in Germany, France, and Australia. His most recent international project involved the production of the movie "9" in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, where he served as the Coproduction and Production Designer.
In addition to his numerous television credits, Robert's direct-to-home video and feature format screen credits include Background Layout Artist on "A Goofy Movie," "Another Goofy Movie," "Quest for Camelot," "Space Jam," "Scooby Doo," "Tom & Jerry," "The Princess and the Frog," and "Winnie The Pooh;" Production Designer on "Lady and the Tramp 2" and "Mulan 2;" and Co-Production and Production Designer on "9." Robert has also worked on numerous projects as a Visual Development and Conceptual Design Artist. These accomplishments range from animated and live action films, to parade float and interior design projects.
A natural born educator, Robert inspires and trains other animation professionals with part-time teaching, lectures, and workshops in Layout for Animation, Production Design, Perspective Drawing and Professional Portfolio Presentations, and is available for key note speaking slots. Robert also offers Professional Portfolio Presentation Consultation Services to help individuals and companies create dynamic portfolios, visual product pitches, and presentations that leave lasting impressions and secure lucrative accounts with potential clients.
Robert has recently completed working on Disney's "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and currently works for Walt Disney studios on their soon-to-be-released "Sofia The First" series. He is also teaching at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts, The American Animation Institute and Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, California; and continues lecturing.