Henry Sato Jr. is an artist, animator and illustrator who has lived in Southern California his entire life. He studied art at California State University Northridge and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Art 2D Media specializing in illustration. After graduating he continued his studies and honed his drawing skills at the California Art Institute where he studied figure drawing and figure drawing quick sketch. He was then invited to attend the internship program at Walt Disney Feature Animation and was hired shortly thereafter. At Disney he continued honing his animation and artistic skills working on films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the Lion King and eventually transitioning into computer animation working on films such as Pocahontas and Dinosaur. After working at Disney for almost 10 years he moved on to work at Sony Pictures Imageworks as a Senior Animator working on a variety of animated and live action films such as Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, Spiderman 2, Open Season and Surf’s Up. After 9 years at Sony he has worked at numerous studios working on a variety of projects from full CG Animated feature films to CG with live action films and Motion Capture with live action films. He has also worked in Previsualization for film and as an senior animator at gaming studios.
More recently after nearly 30 years in the animation industry he is pursuing his art and illustration career. Being a lifetime fisherman and hockey afficionado(mainly the Los Angeles Kings!) he is trying to integrate his passions into his artwork as well as doing illustration and commissions for clients around the world. He is also using his knowledge of art and animation to inspire a new generation of artists by instructing and tutoring students. Through his art and helping others obtain their artistic goals he remains passionate about his artwork and interests and looks forward to continuing to grow as a teacher and an artist!