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School of Illustration Faculty

Chuck Pyle

Director, School of 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. Mr. Pyle received the 2015 Distinguished Educator in the Arts award from the Society of Illustrators.


Jeannie Brunnick

Online Director, School of Illustration

Jeannie is an adept illustrator who has gained national recognition for her work with clients such as: Universal/MCA, MGM Studios, 20th Century Fox Studios, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Studios, Disney Imagineering, and Mattel Toys.  Jeannie was a featured illustrator in Outstanding American Illustrators and has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles.


William Maughan

Graduate Director, School of Illustration

A professional illustrator and fine artist, Mr. Maughan has provided numerous illustrations for such companies as DreamWorks, CBS, Universal Studios, Chevrolet, Doubleday, Oxford University Press, to name but a few. His work has been represented by major galleries and publishers, domestically and internationally. Mr. Maughan’s book, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head, was published in 2004.


Lisa Berrett

Assistant Director, School of Illustration

Lisa earned her BFA in Illustration at Academy of Art University in 1986 and has worked as a freelance illustrator for nearly 20 years. She has illustrated for a wide range of products, including children's books and magazines, games, CD-ROM packaging as well as advertising, food label art, and educational materials for kids. Lisa returned to the Academy in 2001 to instruct future illustrators on the principles of clothed figure drawing.


Gordon Silveria

Director of Digital Art Technology

Native San Franciscan Gordon Silveria became an instructor in 1994, and has held numerous posts at the Academy, including Director of Illustration, Acting Director of Graduate New Media and 2D Animation, and Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. As Director of Arts Technology, he primarily works with the Illustration and Jewelry and Metal Arts programs. He illustrated the best-selling children's math book The Greedy Triangle and holds an MFA in Sculpture and a BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University.

Gary Amaro

Full-Time Faculty, School of Illustration

Gary has worked in genres ranging from storyboard and comics art to visual development and fine art.  His sketches are featured in the book, The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World, and his paintings show at Los Angeles’ Gallery Nucleus. His comics work includes The Sandman and Gotham Central, and his video game concept art appears in Darkspore, The Godfather 2, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.  Gary’s illustrations have won The New Yorker’s Eustace Tilley contest five consecutive years.

Michael Dubisch

Full-Time Faculty, School of Illustration

Mike Dubisch is an internationally known fantasy illustrator and graphic novelist. His art has been used in toy design and illustration for Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons role playing games, covers for Aliens VS Predator, and graphic adaptations of The Boxcar Children and other children's literature, as well as the magazines Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy and the H. P. Lovecraft Magazine of Horror.

Dubisch has worked for DC, MARVEL, Image and Dark Horse comics and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art. Publishing art and stories in horror comic anthologies since his teens in the 1980's, his work in this genre can be seen in the internationally distributed "The Creeps" magazine.

Dubisch's illustrations have also appeared in the animated movie Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom and many independent film productions. He has taught at the Academy since 2013.

Thomas Ellsworth

Full-Time Faculty, School of Illustration

Tom Ellsworth received his BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University. He is an experienced illustrator with numerous years of experience specializing in digital illustration and more specifically, vector art. Current and previous clients have included Biocodex Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Safeway, Performance Computing Magazine, Commish Kit, Space Dog Books, Rebel Bar, Blue Restaurant, Velvet Cantina Restaurant, Tessitura Network, and Truck Bar. Published books include Snark, Inc. and The Amazing Snox Box.

Thomas Gronbukt

Full-Time Faculty, School of Illustration

Thomas Gronbukt has extensive training and education in Illustration, Fine Art, Design and Digital Technology. He designed and created images in multiple mediums. He creates professional illustrations in acrylics, oil, watercolor, pastel, pen & ink, colored pencil, printmaking, computer software and mixed media. Gronbukt received his BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art College.

Steven Kloepfer

Full-Time Faculty, School of Illustration

Steven Kloepfer has more than 20 years of professional experience in illustration. He has been an instructor/consultant of art with the San Mateo Park and Recreation Department and PDI, copywriter/producer/consultant with DKS Creative, owner/illustrator of Creative Illustrator, freelance desktop publisher and freelance editor. His previous clients have included Atari Games, Pandemonium Pictures, Black Swan Press, Scalawag Studios, Kirson Works, Adams & Allgood, Fearon Education, Apple Computer, Charles Schwab, SKI, and Stanford University. He is an associate member of the California Academy of Painters. Steve is currently Full-Time Faculty in the Academy of Art University’s School of Illustration and School of Visual Development. Prior to becoming full-time faculty, Steve had been teaching at Academy of Art University since 2002.

Stephen Player

Full-Time Faculty, School of Illustration

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 exhibited widely  across Europe. He has been teaching at Academy of Art University since 2001.

Robert Revels

Full-Time Faculty, School of Illustration

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.

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.