Charles Hu

Figure painter and instructor. Commissions include portrait paintings, character design for pitches, mural for a food convention in Chicago and comic books for movie "End of the Spear".  Has been exhibited at Wendt Gallery - Laguna Beach.  He received his BA from Art Center College of Design.  He has been teaching figure drawing and painting at Associates in Art and L.A. Academy of Figurative Arts.  He is currently teaching at Art Center College of design, Gnomon school of visual effects, and Art Institute of California/Orange County.


Sunny Apinchapong

Sunny Apinchapong-Yang was born in Bangkok Thailand, where his Chinese parents settled after the Second World War.  In 1970,  Sunny arrived in the United States receiving  his first formal art instruction at the Art Center College of Design and Cal State University, Los Angeles, earning both B.A and M.A. degrees in fine art.  1977 was when Sunny began four years as a scholarship student studying painting at the Sergei Bongart School of Art in Los Angeles and later worked as Mr. Bongart’s assistant in teaching at the L.A. school as well as at his Summer Workshops in Idaho. During the time that Sunny was with Sergei, he also studied with other great teachers such as Vernon Wilson, Sam McKim, Dan McCaw and Delbert Gish.  From 1987-1990, Sunny worked for an animation studio in Dublin, Ireland, where painted the local scenery and participated in local exhibitions including a one-man exhibition at the Polo-One Gallery.  In 2005, fifteen years after moving back to the United States, Sunny was invited back to have another one-man exhibition, this time at the Oriel Gallery in Dublin, where he is still represented.  Sunny continued to paint and work for many major studios such as Walt Disney Studios, Dreamworks and Sony Animation.  He has had several one-man exhibitions with the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Wa., and represented by Morseburg Gallery,  Gallery Gabrie ,  has won numerous awards for his paintings in regional competitions and held private workshops around the country.  Sunny is a Signature Member of California Art Club and also the member of Oil Painters of America.



April Connors

April Connors is a freelance illustrator and figure drawing instructor whose illustrations have been exhibited in the U.S, Mexico, and Hong Kong.  She teaches at Walt Disney Animation, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, and Otis College of Art and Design.  Her studio is part of the Keystone Art Space complex in Glassell Park, Los Angeles.


Khang Le

Khang has worked in the animation industry as a visual development artist, background designer, and character designer over the past 5 years. Prior to working in animation, he worked as a freelance commercial storyboard artist for 9 years. He is currently a design supervsior at Titmouse Animation for Dreamwork's Turbo FAST where he oversee all production designs including background, characters, and props. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2013 with a BA in Illustration, where he also teaches composition for entertainment at. While in school, he studied under the tutelage of Gary Meyer, Will Weston, and Mike Humphries.


Arthur Loftis

Arthur Loftis has worked in the animation industry for five years as abackground designer at studios such as Dreamworks TV, Titmouse and Film Roman. He has contributed to several TV shows, including Disney's Motorcity, Dreamworks' Turbo FAST and Comedy Central's Moonbeam City. He has also worked as a background painter and illustrator on myriad smaller projects, including Arrested Development and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 promotional shorts.


  Ryan Magno

Ryan Magno has been working as a background painter in animation for the last 3 years. He painted backgrounds at Titmouse Inc.for Dreamworks’ Turbo F.A.S.T show and worked for Cartoon Network as well. Magno is currently painting for Warner Bros. Animation. He graduated from Art Center College of   Design with a B.A. in Entertainment Arts in 2014.


   Gary Meyer

Gary Meyer, Professor, BPA with Honors, Art Center College of Design.  Special Advisor to the Illustration Department Chair.  Illustration Design: consultant for major motion picture studios and theme parks, music album covers, book covers, Levis, all major aircraft companies, Apple Computer, major advertising agencies.  Awards: Master of the College, Art Center College of Design; 17 Great Teacher Awards from the students at Art Center; First Faculty Award, elected by the faculty of Art Center; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles; Best of Show, Illustration West; First Prize, 12 Annual Key Arts Awards (movie poster competition); Award of Excellence,Communication Arts Magazine; over 100 certificates of Distinction and Merit.



  Richard Morris

Richard Morris is a representational figure/portrait painter. He has been teaching in the L.A. area for the last six years at such schools as the California Art Institute, LAAFA, and Laguna College of Art.  He has studied with many prominent L.A. artists such as Sergio Sanchez, Adrian Gottlieb, Marshall Vandruff, Aaron Westerberg, Glen Orbik, and Rey Bustos.



Gregory Weir-Quinton

After graduating from Art Students League with scholarship. Gregory then worked in New York and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles.  Gregory had worked for over 35 years with major California retailers inthe fashion industry including, May Company, Robinsons, Bullocks, The Broadway and I. Magnin. He also taught drawing at Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art & Design, Chouinard Art Institute as well as having conducted drawing workshops at Drexel University, Woodbury University and Weir-Quiton Studios in Venice, California. He's also been recruited to conduct drawing classes by the animation departments at both Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios.

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  Edgar Silva

Silva is a contemporary fine art painter, from Los Angeles, California. Growing up in LA he was exposed to many artist and art forms. Edgar's passion and love for art took him to applied to Art Center in Pasadena. where he had the good fortune to study on a full scholarship with numerous artists at Art Center College of Design.

Today Edgar Silva continues to work on a body of work that depicts Los Angeles urban culture in a naturalist and contemporary manner.The theme and direction of Edgar Silva's work is about capturing in a naturalist manner the hard work, dreams and goals of his friends, family and people of his heritage. He strives for honesty and sincerity in his work with an approach that reflects our time. He is focused on visually capturing moments that give life meaning and he has been deeply influenced by artist such as Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent and Saturnino Herran, as well as contemporary paiters such as Antonio Lopez Garcia, Alex Kanevsky , Euan Uglow, Ruprecht von Kaufmann and Andrew Wyeth.

Edgar Silva continues to show his work in galleries and is currently teaching painting and drawing classes at Art Center College of Design, Laguna College of Art and Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood and 3kicks Fine Art Studio in Pasadena.



  Tim Tien

Tim has participated at numerous national exhibitions and plein air events across the US, and he had been hornored with 1st place awards and Best of show from them. Tim has been invited or juried into exhibitions such as the International Fine Art Fair; the annual Gold Medal Exhibition; the Annual Salon International Exhibition; Plein Air Easton; the Carmel Art Festival: the San Luis Obispo plein air event and many others. Tim has served as Juror for different shows. 

Tim studied the art of oil painting intensively for many years with many renowned artists that can be traced back to the lineage of the old master and the Russian impressionist.  Tim is an instructor at the Plein Air Convention and also teaching painting at Pasadena, Montrose, Diamond Bar and Palos Verdes. Tim is also an Artist member of California Art Club.


  Joseph Todorovitch

Todorovitch is a contemporary painter who has always looked to the past to understand the future of his painting. Introduced to the idea of skilled draughtsmanship at an early age, he has been immersed in figurative art and has forged a body of imagery in California for the past twelve years. By embracing
fundamental principals of picture making, he works to develop paintings that are harmonious and innovative. While primarily figural, his paintings aim to create a visual field of atmosphere, space, and light, occasionally evoking subtle narratives within the viewers. They draw people in from a distance and keep them investigating with technical nuance and poetry at the surface. While he believes painting should be challenging to himself and the audience, he says "a work of art should evolve intuitively from a marriage of experience and expression." Working in California, Joseph Todorovitch aims to explore and express the present and future with paintings and sculpture that acknowledge the rich tradition of representational art.


Ron Velasco

Ron Velasco has been working as character artist at The Walt Disney Company after he received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Illustration.  Ron is currently an instructor at Gnomon School of Visual Effects.  He also had worked as production artist at Nickelodeon Animation Studios prior to his education at Art Center.


Amy Yung

A graduate from Art Center College of Design majored in Illustration.  Amy's works have been exhibited at La Luz de Jesus, Cannibal flower, Nucleus Gallery, Hive Gallery and Q Art Salon.  She is currently working on her gallery arts and teaching painting and drawing.


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John Asaro

Master figurative painter is known for his colorful and light filled paintings of the female figure.  He studied with Donal Hord, San Diego; the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California; with Frank Reilly at the Art Students League, New York City; and architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Santa Monica, California.  For more than twelve years, he created illustrations for Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Argosy magazines in Detroit, New York and Los Angeles.  Asaro is a member of the New York Illustrator's club and California Art Club.  He has been featured in articles in Art Talk, Southwest Art, The Santa Fean, Horizon, Focus/Santa Fe magazines and in a 1990 Lexus television commercial.


  Sean Cheetham

Recognized as one of the most acclaimed young figurative painters today.  He was recently featured in American Artist's Workshop magazine among others.  He had his first one man exhibition with the Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery in 2006.


Craig Attebery

Craig Attebery has been working as an artist and freelance illustrator for over 30 years. He specializes in science and science fiction illustrations for clients including NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Paramount Studios (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) as well as numerous aerospace companies including Hughes, Rocketdyne and Rockwell.  Craig's artwork has been reproduced in many publications including Time Magazine, Newsweek, Popular Science as well as many science textbooks from publishers McGraw-Hill and Oxford University Press. Craig has exhibited in many exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout the country.


Chris Legaspi

Chris Legaspi is a life long artist with a passion for teaching and sharing great information. Chris has over 20 years of drawing and painting experience, both as a student and a professional artist in the entertainment industry. Along with his professional work, Chris has spent the last 10 years in constant study and practice. His mentors include several world class artists and painters such as Steve Huston, Zhaoming Wu, Nathan Fowkes and Kevin Chen.


Nathan Fowkes 

A veteran entertainment and fine artist and has been a popular teacher of drawing, painting, color and design for the past decade. He attended the Art Center College of Design where he studied traditional painting and entertainment design and graduated with honors. Nathan is currently a visual development artist at DreamWorks with screen credits including The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Shark Tale, several projects within the Shrek Universe and the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon.


Steve Huston

Is an established figurative painter whose works is highly sought after.  Huston is known for his portayal of workers, including boxers and construction trade laborers, depicting their raw strength and grace.  He focuses on the human form in action - usually engaged in, or resting from, hard physical labor.  His work is influenced by John Singer Sargent and George Bellows.  After graduated from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design in 1983, Huston established himself as a successful illustrator, commissioned by clients including Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Warner Brothers, etc.  He began his fine art career in 1989 and became a well known artist.  Huston also taught courses in life drawing, anatomy, and composition at the Art Center College of Design, Disney, Dreamworks SKG studios and private classes.  Huston also received Best of Show placement in 1995, and Gold Medal in 2003 at the California Art Club Annual, Exhibition.


  Dan McCaw

Is one of America’s most highly respected contemporary impressionists.  McCaw has been the subject of feature articles in Art Voices South, Southwest Art, Western Art Digest, International Fine Art Collector and Island Scene Magazine.  Dan also completed a book entitled A Proven Strategy for Creating Great Art.  His work may be found in many national and international, private and corporate collections.


  Mark McDonnell

Over the last several years as an animation and entertainment professional, Mark McDonnell has become recognized as a highly respected designer in many facets of the industry.  He began his career in toy and product design working for Applause and Global Consumer Products helping to create toys and product designs for Warner Brother's, Waterford Crystal, The Franklin Mint, Thomas Kincade, Goebel's Hummel collectables, Keebler, Fox and Disney to name a few.
With an interest of stepping closer to the animation and entertainment industry, Mark left to become an Art Director at Technicolor Creative Services (TCS), a private branch that serviced many of the major industry studios. The primary client was The Walt Disney Company's many divisions but also grew to range in a wide variety of studios including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Disney Toon Studios, Walt Disney Television Animation, Pixar, Miramax, Fox, H.I.T. Entertainment, New Line, Mattel, Sony, Legendary Pictures, The Jim Henson Company, Big Idea Inc. and many more.  After leaving TCS, Mark began his career in working in the Animation Industry by working on Tinkerbell and it’s upcoming sequel, North Of Neverland.
Mark McDonnell’s work as a designer has touched a wide variety of skill sets while working in the Animation and Entertainment Industry.  He has worked as a character designer, a layout/set designer, prop designer, look development designer and as an instructor. Mark has instructed at The Animation Academy, The Walt Disney Company, Dreamworks, LAAFA and now at 3Kicks.


Glen Orbik

A student of Fred Fixler and the Reilly method, continues to follow Fred's precepts and has been drawing, painting, and illustration for over 20 years,  Known for his dramatic paintings often emphasizing chiaroscuro, his subjects include everything from Film-Noir to super heroes, pin-ups to Rockwell style situations.  His clients include Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., DC and Marvel Comics, Subway Restaurants, Clampett Studios and TSR.  Among his book covers for Avon, Berkley, Random House, Tor, Del Rey, and Hard Case Crime and images for Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Star Wars.



  Sergio Sanchez

Studied under Mark Westermoe, Bill Perkins, Kevin Chen and many others at Associates in Art in 1999.  Sergio was exposed to artists such as Fechin, Zorn, Sorolla, Cornwell, Brangwin, Leyendecker and Velasquez, as well as Chinese and Russian academic work and was also heavily influenced during that time by little known Mexican artist Saturnino Herran.  Under this direction, his education consisted of a structured approach to drawing and painting from life, live models, landscapes, and still life.  After a year and a half of studying at the school, he was invited to teach there from 2000 to 2002 due to his rapid progress.  In 2002,Sergio began teaching at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, where he continues to be an instructor today.  He also currently teaches at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California since 2004.


  Tim Solliday

Born in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Tim currently resides in Southern California, foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Solliday has been featured in numerous magazines, including American Artist, Art-Talk, International Artist and Southwest Art.  He w as the subject of a front page Los Angeles Times feature.  He was also featured in Southwest Artist and Western Art Collector in July 2008.  Tim Solliday is a signature Member of the California Art Club and a member of the Laguna Art Association.  He is represented by Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, Santa Fe, New Mexicao, and New York City; Trailsides Gallery, Scottsdale Arizona and Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Michael Hollis Fine Art, Los Angeles and South Pasadena, California.Solliday has participated in the Laguna Beach Plein Air INvitational since its inception, placing second in 2001 and third in 2000.  He also placed first in the landscape category of the 1993 Oil Painters of America competition, as well as in the California Art Club's 85th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.  Solliday was also part of the 2008 Masters of the West at Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California.


William Wray

William Wray, an American cartoonist and landscape painter, notable for his Urban Landscape series of paintings had studied painting at the Art Students League in New York.  Wray blends traditional skill sets of realism and the sheer energy of abstract expressionism in an ongoing evolution to find the balance between two seemingly unrelated styles.  Wray has challenged himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism he hopes to use a bridge into the customarily circumspect contemporary art world.  He had received many awards and pulications included Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and The Artist Magazine.