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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fine art painter studying at Art Center College of Design with full scholarship. His works have been exhibited in numerous galleries, Willianson Gallery, Bren Art Gallery, J. London Gallery, Mt. San Antonio Art Gallery, East Valley Art Association, Pomona Valley Art Association, and West Covina Spring Art Show. The theme and direction of Edgar Silva's work is about capturing the dreams and goals of his friends, family and people of his heritage. He has been deeply influenced by artist such as Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla, and Saturnino Herran....
Tim decided to be an artist late in life and studied the art of oil painting intensively for over 5 years with many renowned artists that can be traced back to the lineage of the old master and the Russian impressionist. Although Tim's training is strongly grounded in the representational and figurative style, he said he takes inspiration more from artists such as Van Gogh; Cezzane; Matisse, Picasso and Michaelangelo - the sculptor, as well as being influenced by the spirit of Chinese brush painting.
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 Biannual Show of the California Art Club; the annual Gold Medal Exhibition; the Annual Salon International Exhibition; the Carmel Art Festival: the San Luis Obispo plein air event and many others. Tim was invited to serve as Juror for the 16th biannual Blinn House show of the CAC. He is also an Artist member of California Art Club.
Joseph Todorovitch is a young contemporary painter who has developed a reputation for his highly representational figure paintings. He has participated in many groups shows including the 15th annual U.S. American Artists Fine Art Show, the Artist for the New Century assisted by Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Wildlife Art magazines, Ontario History Museum invitational, the Antiques and Fine Art Show at the New York Armory; and the Richard Schmidt Fine Art Auction 2005, 2006, 2007. Joseph has been awarded First Honor and Peoples Choice at the 10th annual National Portrait Society of America's international portrait competition. He was awarded first place at the Chaffey Community Art Association 2009. His latest accolade was the Draper Grand Prize at the 2009 11th annual International portrait competition given by the Portrait Society of America and he is currently a semifinalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
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.
A graduate from Art Center College of Design majored in Illustration. Has been exhibited at La Luz de Jesus and Cannibal flower. She is currently working on her children book, gallery arts and teaching kids painting and drawing. She also works with students in the portfolio preparation class at 3Kicks Fine Art Studio.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.