David Willardson, a San Diego native and self-proclaimed California Boy is a consummate Disney artist. From the first time he visited Disneyland as a kid when it opened in 1955, he worked there as a ‘cast member’ through high school. Willardson has always loved all things Disney. After launching a successful career in design and illustration,he once again returned to the fold at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s request, spending nearly two decades as the creator of Disney’s ‘new look’ for all its classic reissues and new features. Today, Willardson has headed off in a new direction with the opening of his own studio, where he continues to create some of the most innovative and electrifying Disney images available today.