I got my first freelance job for Disney in 1992, I painted a Euro Disney Opening poster. Over the years, I’ve worked for Disneyland Collateral Creative (they do marketing, advertising and printed materials), Disney Publishing, Disney Store, Disney Consumer Products and Disney Home Video.
My main client now is Disney Theme Park Merchandise, out of Walt Disney World. They do the merchandise for Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line. My specialty is character art, but I also do backgrounds. My wife Millie helps me with the backgrounds, she is good at rendering textures.
You can see my work in the Disneyland and Walt Disney World stores, I’ve done their Christmas, Halloween, Princess, Dated (the year, like 2014) programs and what Disney Merchandise calls ‘Storybook’, the art with a scene of Disneyland or Walt Disney World with lots of characters, I posted an example above.
So I went from being an average person to a Disney artist. I want to show you the steps I went through, and the basic thinking that it took to get there.