David has been teaching at Academy of Art University since 2007. Prior to teaching for the Academy, David enjoyed 25 years of experience in the field of classical animation specializing in theatrical feature film projects as an animation artist for various studios, including a long stint at Walt Disney Feature Animation. His work has been featured in animated films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear among others.
David has said that as a teacher he still considers himself a student of animation and is constantly interested in learning new techniques about the art and craft of drawn animation. In recent years he has focused on adapting his classical pencil-on-paper animation training to digital paperless animation using a graphics tablet and is enthusiastic about inspiring his students with innovative applications of classical hand-drawn animation principles to modern production pipelines.