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Chuck Pyle
Chuck Pyle
Director of BFA Illustration

Mr. Pyle was trained as an illustrator at the Academy, and comes from an impressive freelance career. He is an internationally sought-after artist, working with clients from New York to Tokyo.

His past clients have included Microsoft, Pacific Bell, Safeway, Avis, Ask Jeeves, Sun Microsystems, Reader’s Digest, the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Penguin, Bantam, Book of the Month Club, Houghton Mifflin, Seattle Opera, Nisshin Foods, and the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology.

His work has been widely exhibited, and is part of many permanent collections.

Bill Maughan
Bill Maughan
Director of Graduate Illustration

A professional illustrator and fine artist, Mr. Maughan received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. He has provided numerous illustrations for such companies as DreamWorks, Woman's Day, TV Guide, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, CBS, Universal Studios, Wells Fargo Bank, Chevrolet, GMC, Franklin Library, New American Library, Avon Books, Pinnacle Books, Signet Books, Tor Books, Doubleday, Harcourt Brace, Knopf, Oxford University Press, Danbury Mint, Fenwick and others. Since the early '80s Mr. Maughan's work, both originals and prints, has been represented by major galleries and publishers, domestically and internationally. His works of art are included in private, commercial and museum collections. Mr. Maughan's book, The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head, was published in 2004 by Watson/Guptill.

When he's not teaching Academy students the fundamentals — realism-based drawing, design concepts, value, form, color and composition — he paints in his studio in the mountains of Utah.

Lourdes Livingston
Lourdes Livingston
Online Director of Undergraduate Illustration

From 1977 until 1993, Ms. Livingston worked as an Editorial Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her assignments at the Chronicle included all aspects of visual newspaper reporting, from developing daily political commentaries to backroom action at the Cannes Film Festival and street fashions in Milan. Ms. Livingston, already well-grounded in Mac usage, expanded her skills to include working on the SGI platform, and began to work with Silicon Graphics as a Graphic Designer.

She later turned her digital focus to the dual Mac-PC environment at Women.com, where in a five-year span she helped build a small startup to a thriving network. As Creative Director at Women.com, she defined the look and feel of the entire network, working with art staffs in New York and San Francisco.

Ms. Livingston began her teaching career at the Academy in 1993, as an instructor of Advanced Situation Drawing and Painting. Her wealth of experience and industry knowledge, and her long history with her alma mater, will make her an invaluable asset to Online Illustration students.

Lourdes Livingston
Jeannie Brunnick
Online Director of Graduate Illustration

After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, Jeannie Brunnick established herself as a freelance illustrator gaining national recognition for such distinguished clients as: Universal/MCA, MGM Studios, 20th Century Fox Studios, Sony Pictures, AOL/Time Warner, Disney Studios, Fox Television, Disneyland/Imagineering, Mattel Toys, Top Flight Golf Products, Honda Motors USA, and Toyota Motors.

Jeannie was a featured illustrator in Outstanding American Illustrators and has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and New York. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the California Art Club. She taught painting and drawing at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena prior to joining the faculty at the Academy of Art University in 1992 where she has taught graduate and undergraduate levels in the Fine Art and Illustration Departments.

Currently, Jeannie has focused her attention on portraiture and gallery painting, receiving commissions from government, corporations, academia and private collectors. Her original art is available through various galleries.

Lisa Berrett
Lisa Berrett
Assistant Director Of Illustration

Lisa earned her BFA in Illustration at Academy of Art University in 1986 and has worked in the field of freelance illustration for the past 19 years. She has illustrated for products ranging from children's books and magazines, games, CD-ROM packaging, advertising, food label art, product design, and educational material for kids. Lisa returned to the Academy in 2001 to instruct future illustrators on the principles of clothed figure drawing.

Jason Bowen
Jason Bowen
Online Coordinator of Illustration

Jason Bowen is an accomplished fine artist. He has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in Europe and USA. He has won the Best of Show at the Capital Art Show in Utah and 2nd Place at the Tanglewood Art Exhibition. Bowen’s work has also been published in many magazines. He holds a BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University and a MFA in Painting from American University.

Craig Marshall
Craig Marshall
Full-Time Faculty

Craig attended Academy of Art University in 1971 and received a BFA degree in illustration in 1976. He spent several years as a freelance commercial illustrator before becoming a staff illustrator for a small medical publishing company. In 1986 he was invited to teach head drawing and illustration courses at Academy of Art University, where he stayed for 11 years while continuing his freelance work. In 1997 he moved to Burbank, CA and taught drawing classes for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Associates in Art, and Woodbury University.

He returned to San Francisco in 1999 and now teaches Heads and Hands for the Academy's School of Illustration and Character Design & Drawing for Cartoons for the School of Animation. His past freelance accounts include Bank of America, Chevron, Del Monte, Fuddrucker's Restaurants, Macy's California, Oracle Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric, Safeway Stores, The United States Air Force Art Program, and Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Stephen Player
Stephen Player
Full-Time Faculty

Stephen Player was born in England in 1965. He acquired a first-class honors illustration degree in London in 1985. Since then, Stephen has enjoyed a thriving freelance career. His work has been used in advertising, television, film, promotion, and over one hundred books. These books are mostly in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and children's genres, as well as graphic novels. Stephen is a winner of the British Sci-Fi and Fantasy Association Award, received a Substantial Contribution to Children's Literacy Award, and received a Sheffield Children's Book Award. Stephen has been exibited widely across Europe. He has been teaching at Academy of Art University since 2001.

Robert Revels
Robert Revels
Full-Time Faculty

Robert has worked as a professional artist since 1994. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from children's stories to large concert backdrops for artists such as Carlos Santana and U2. Since graduating from the Academy, he has garnered numerous awards. He is the founder of the greeting card company, Rockfish Designs.

Robert has returned to teach at his alma mater to give back to the next generation of artists.

Gordon Silveria
Gordon Silveria
Full-Time Faculty

Gordon Silveria is a San Francisco native. He earned his BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University in 1991. He began teaching for the Academy 12 years ago, and created the Academy's first digital art classes for illustrators. He went on to become the Illustration Department Director, a position he held for 7 years. During his tenure, the Illustration department became "The number two illustration department in the United States," according to the New York Society of Illustrators' top ten list.

He currently is on the faculty of the Academy's Illustration department and is the Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. He illustrated the bestselling children's book The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, and has just finished his own book, The Upside Down Book, which should be out soon. He has two dogs, Digby and Rooney.

Gary Amaro
Instructor

Since 1986, Gary has worked as a freelance illustrator, working extensively in comic book and editorial illustration. His clients have included Vertigo/DC, Paradox Press, Caliber, First Publishing, Northstar, Podesta Publications, and Silverwolf Comics. He has several published credits including The Lot, which was nominated for the Eisner Award for best short story in comics in 1995. Gary designed The Graphic Novel course to provide graduate students with the mechanics, structures and possibilities of visual narratives. Gary is an inspirational and enthusiastic instructor and is a regular committee member on the Midpoint and Final Review committees for Graduate Illustration projects. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley.

Joko Budiono
Instructor

Joko has eight years professional experience in Illustration including freelance architectural rendering and illustration projects for Midlen Production and Punch Studio. Joko's shows include work submitted to Academy of Art University Galleries, SF Open Studio, and San Francisco Society of Illustration shows. In addition, he has been involved with Laguna Honda Hospital Art Project and teaches perspective drawing/workshop at Academy of Art University.

Warren Chang
Instructor

Warren Chang was born in Monterey, California and graduated the Art Center College of Design with honors in 1981. Upon graduation he was hired as a staff illustrator for the Atari game company. In 1983 he branched off to work as a freelance illustrator in the advertising and entertainment industries in Los Angeles. In 1990 he moved to New York City and over the next 10 years, he painted nearly 200 book covers for various publishing houses. In 2000, he moved back to California, and taught drawing and painting at Academy of Art University in San Francisco while pursuing a career in fine art. Chang's work has won many awards of merit from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Communication Arts Magazine. In 2003, he won "Best of Show" at the Salon International held in Texas and in 2004 he won second prize in the International Artist magazine competition. In 2007 his work was featured on the cover of American Artist magazine along with a 7 page article. In 2008 his work appeared twice on the covers of International Artist magazine accompanying his 7 part series of instructional painting articles he authored. Primarily a figurative artist, Chang paints the human figure in contemporary environments, including biographical interiors, as well as outdoor genre subjects such as the fieldworkers of Monterey County where he grew up.

Daniel Cooney
Daniel Cooney
Instructor

Daniel Cooney is the creator of the graphic novel series Valentine and The Atomic Yeti, as well as the artist and author for the instructional books Writing and Illustrating The Graphic Novel and The Complete Guide to Figure Drawing for Comics and Graphic Novels by Barron's. Cooney's crime series, Valentine is optioned for film and an instructor at the Academy of Art University, Cooney resides in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts with his wife, Carolina, their sons, Dashiell and Dexter, and their cat Greenly Beans.

Camille La Pointe-Lyons
Instructor

Camille LaPointe-Lyons is an experienced illustrator, muralist, and painter with more than 20 years of experience. Currently, she is an art instructor, teaching pol, watercolor, and acrylic painting at the Tamalpais Adult Community Education Center. In addition to teaching, she is also a freelance illustrator, muralist, and painter. LaPointe-Lyons has had her work exhibited all over the bay area, from the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Marin Society of Artists Gallery to the California Watercolor Association's Exhibits. She has been commissioned to do paintings for the Chevron Corporation and others. LaPointe-Lyons received her BFA in Printmaking from the California College of Arts and Crafts and is currently pursuing her MFA in Painting at the Academy of Art University. She is a well-traveled artist, having been to Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. She is an active member of the California Watercolor Association and the SF Society of Illustrators.

David Mar
Instructor

David Mar is an experienced animator, background designer, and illustrator. Most recently, Mar was with Walt Disney Feature Animation in Florida where he was a clean-up animator for such hit films as Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor's New Groove, Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear, and others. Prior to his 7-year stay at Disney, Mar worked as a background designer with Sony Pictures Studios where his film credits included the animated TV show Jumanji. Mar received his BFA in Illustration from CSU - Long Beach. He also studied drawing, painting, and layout classes at Academy of Art College, California College of Arts and Crafts, and UC Berkeley for two years. Mar's work has been exhibited at the Manor Gallery, Maitland Art Center, Oval Gallery, WDFA, Orlando Museum of Art, and others. His painting has been published in Orlando Magazine and his drawings featured in Barbara Bradley's book Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure.

Brandon Smith
Instructor

Brandon Smith obtained his BFA in Oil Painting from Academy of Art University. He is an accomplished award-winning artist who has already held many exhibitions. While pursuing his BFA, he received 2nd place at the Academy of Art University's Annual Spring Show for the Portraiture/Figurative Painting and Background Painting Animation department's categories. Additionally at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, Smith placed 1st in their Bench Contest. Smith has held many solo and group exhibitions throughout the bay area. These include shows at the Legion of Honor Museum, Academy of Art Gallery, the Waterhouse Gallery, and various restaurants. While studying, Smith served as an Assistant to sculptor and painter, Cedric Wentworth. Since 2003, Smith has been giving private painting lessons. His work is widely displayed in various private collections.

Sandra Speidel
Instructor

Sandy Speidel is an award-winning artist with years of experience in studios and galleries. Additionally, she has more than 14 years of teaching experience. She has taught Clothed Figure Drawing, Portraiture, and Pastels at Academy of Art University. As a career illustrator for more than 20 years, Speidel's clients included Warner Bros., Florabunda, US Postal Service, Sheraton Hotels, Apple Computer, American Express, and Portal Publications. Having opened her fine art studio in 1999, she works on landscapes and figurative work and offers group and private classes. She has received the Gold Medal from the SF Society of Illustrators and the Pastel Society of the West Coast award for two consecutive years. She was also on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her work has been shown in such galleries as Gallery One, Dolphin Gallery, Tomales Art Gallery, and others. Speidel received her BA in English and Art from Duke University and her MS in Journalism from Ohio University.

Diana Thewlis
Instructor

Diana Thewlis has been a San Francisco Bay Area freelance illustrator since 1980. In 1981, she was accepted into the SF Society of Illustrators. Currently, she serves as a member of their board of directors. Over the years, Thewlis has participated in several juried SFSI annual shows. A partial client list includes Apple Computer, Pac Bell, Wine Institute, Houghton Mifflin Co., McCann-Erickson, United Vinters, and The Pillsbury Co. In addition to numerous appearances as a guest lecturer, Thewlis has been an instructor at Academy of Art University since 1993. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the same school. Since 1990, Thewlis has enrolled in weekly Life Drawing sessions in addition to participating in ongoing professional developmental classes and workshops. Thewlis is an active member of the SF Society of Illustrators as their Membership Chairperson and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Cameron Wasson
Instructor

Since 1982, Cameron Wasson has been employed in her own successful illustration business. Her clients include Time Inc., American Express, Apple Computer, Johnson & Johnson, and many more. Wasson has been teaching fine arts since 1977. She has won many honors such as CA Illustration Annual, 1988; NY Society of Publication Designers New Illustrators Show, 1983; and Society of Illustrators Book Cover Show, 1987. Wasson has been published in Adweek, CA Illustration, and PRINT. She is a member of the Graphic Artists Guild and received her BFA in Fashion Illustration from Art Center College of Design.

Dr. Barbara Bradley
Dr. Barbara Bradley
IN MEMORIUM 1927-2008

Following her education at the University of California at Berkeley and at Art Center College of Design, DR. Barbara Bradley (then known as Barbara Briggs) spent the first years of her professional life in illustration at Charles E. Cooper Studios in New York. After returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, she freelanced, winning many national awards in illustration. She began teaching at Academy of Art University, in 1958, becoming Director of Illustration, a position she held for 25 years until her semi-retirement. For her work at the Academy, the College Career Association named her Outstanding Vocational Educator in 1992. She taught drawing workshops in London, at Pixar, and at Disney Animation Studios in Burbank and Orlando. Mrs. Bradley continued, post retirement, as a consultant at Academy of Art University, where she also taught her favorite subjects – drawing expressive people, characters, and children. Her work is in several private collections, corporate offices, the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration, and the Permanent Collection of the US Air Force. She is deeply missed, but her spirit lives on through the many faculty she trained and the alums she inspired.

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