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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William Stout, noted for his dinosaur illustrations, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1949, and later moved to Los Angeles. At seventeen he won a scholarship to the Chouinard Art Institute (California Institute of the Arts) where he obtained his bachelor's degree.

Stout began his professional career in 1968 with his cover for the first issue of the pulp magazine "Coven 13". In 1971 he worked on the "Tarzan of the Apes" Sunday and daily newspaper comic strips and Eisner graphic novels, and then on 'Playboy's "Little Annie Fanny" in 1972. From 1973 to 1974 Stout began his relationship with the Firesign Theatre and created 45 rock 'n' roll "bootleg" record album covers.
From 1976 to 1977 he was art director for the rock magazine "Bomp!" and also created his first movie poster, for Wizards. Stout ultimately worked on the advertising for over 120 films.

In 1981, his book "The Dinosaurs - A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era" was published. This book was followed by Ray Bradbury's "Dinosaur Tales" and "The Little Blue Brontosaurus" (recipient of the 1984 Children's Choice Award and the basis for Lucas and Spielberg's "The Land Before Time".

In 1989 Stout began working for Lucasfilm/Industrial Light and Magic, and also undertook a voyage to Antarctica and Patagonia. The profound spectacle of the 'last continent' changed his life, leading to a 45-painting one-man show: "Dinosaurs, Penguins and Whales - The Wildlife of Antarctica". This exhibition began its tour of the world's natural history museums at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on January 19, 1991.

Stout was one of two people selected by the National Science Foundation to participate in their Antarctic Artists and Writers Program during the 1992-1993 austral summer. In November 1992, Stout departed again for Antarctica. Through the National Science Foundation and the Antarctic Support Associates he lived for three months at McMurdo Station and Palmer Station. He made dives beneath the ice, climbed Mount Erebus, camped out in the dry valleys, and produced over 100 paintings and studies during that time as he observed the continent's abundance of life. Upon his return he drove over a thousand miles through central southern Chile, documenting the rare prehistoric forests found there for his book on Antarctic life.

Michael Crichton acknowledged Stout's work as an inspiration for his book "Jurassic Park" and Universal Cartoon Studios chose him to design the animated series of Jurassic Park.

In 1993/1994 Stout painted two large murals for the Houston Museum of Natural Science depicting 'Life Before The Dinosaurs'. He also continued to do theme park attraction creation and design for MCA/Universal and illustrated a series of covers for the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs comic books. In 1997/1998, Stout completed three late Cretaceous murals, supervised two full-sized dinosaur sculptures for Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom, and began work for a Wizard of Oz theme park in Kansas. He has also been a designer for the Michael Jackson NeverLand theme parks.

In 1995 William Stout became a character designer for the Walt Disney computer animated feature Dinosaurs and helped to design 'Edgar', the key alien in "Men in Black", for ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) in 1996.

As a result of his work in paleontological reconstruction, eleven Stout paintings were selected for inclusion in the traveling exhibition 'Dinosaurs Past and Present'. The six-year tour included the British Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian.

William Stout currently resides in Pasadena, California, with his wife and two sons, and has been an active member of the California Art Club.


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