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Pixar Artist Bill Cone

Pixar Artist Bill Cone

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In the March 2008 issue of Magazine, we published “The Nuts and Bolts of Hi-Tech Animation,” an article about production designer Bill Cone and the role of the fine artist at Pixar Animation Studios. To learn about that issue, click here.

Cone took a road trip along old Route 66 to prepare for the movie Cars. Read about it here.

He explains his love of pastel and plein air painting. Learn more here.

Cone defines the various positions artists fill at Pixar Animation Studios. Check them out here.

Bill Cone cites disparate influences—Mad magazine and the fine art of painters John Singer Sargent, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud—as inspiration for his more than 14 years of highly respected design work at Pixar Animation Studios. He lives in Moraga, California, with his wife, two children, two dogs and three cats. See his more of his work on his blog at

Watch the video: Pixar in a Box: The Art of Lighting (August 2022).