julie-svendsen-portraitJulie Svendsen’s father, a young animator at the Walt Disney Studio, and her mother, a young tour guide at the Walt Disney Studio, were introduced to each other on the WDS lot, fell in love and were married. Julie, following in her father’s footsteps discovered pencils and drew a lot of pictures. Julie pursued that passion for drawing and, in 1980 graduated from the Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She was soon hired by WED Enterprises to work as an illustrator/designer in their creative division. During her employment at WED, Julie contributed her skills to many theme park projects, including: Epcot Center; Typhoon Lagoon; Blizzard Beach; Disneyland Paris; Tokyo DisneySeas and Shanghai Disneyland. She also had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the most talented and creative people at Disney: John Hench, Walt Peregoy, Collin Campbell and many, many others. For many years, her work as a WED/WDI theme park illustrator/designer was rich with a variety of tasks, mostly involving sketching and painting ideas for murals, rides, store interiors, show elements, graphics, architectural details, sculptures and character situations. In 2005, Julie became a full-time toy designer for The Disney Stores. For three years, she designed plush toys and small toys which were based on the Disney and Pixar characters. Her work is featured in ‘Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai.’
In 2008, Julie became a freelance artist and worked for Disney Publishing; Walt Disney Imagineering; Ocean Futures; NBC/Universal and any and all clients who could use her amazing talents!
Read a bit more about Julie here:
Ravenswood Manor Interview with Julie Svendsen