Our instructors are some of the top artists in their field and have worked for national and international level clients. Some of these clients include Disney, Dreamworks, Blue Sky Studios, Apple computers, Penguin Putnam Publishing, Arthur Levine Publishing, National Geographic, and and many more. Read the bios below to find out more.
Will Terry has been a freelance illustrator for 23 years. He got his start working for magazines and newspapers in the Washington D.C. area. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, WSJ and ads for Sprint, Pizza Hut, Fed Ex, and Master Card. He has illustrated about 30 children’s books for a number of publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Penguin. He works out of his home studio in Utah.
For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Utah.
Lee White has illustrated over 20 books and has an international client base. Some of his clients include National Geographic, Apple, Arthur Levine Publishing, Penguin Publishing, United Airlines and many more! He has been working for the past 15 years as a professional illustrator and has also taught at the college level for the past decade.
Illustrator and Concept Artist
Illustrator/Art Director/Toy Designer
Mel Milton is an amazing artist who has worked as an interface web designer and later as a character animator for Disney Interactive for IPs like Van Helsing, Narnia Prince Caspian, Toystory 3, and Cars 2. While at Disney he illustrated The Smurfs book for Simon and Schuster, a hit with children around the world. Mel's work can be seen all over the internet as he has gathered an extensive following for his stylized characters and portraits that he shares almost daily.
Zac is originally from upstate New York where he studied illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating, he illustrated the picture book, Too Much Glue, which went on to become an Amazon bestseller. He has also worked at Workinman Interactive where he painted backgrounds for games. Zac is currently working as a visual development artist at Reel FX, designing environments for the Scooby Doo animated feature film.
Therese is a freelance illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden, specialising in character design and realism. She works mainly in the field of advertising where she does final art, storyboarding for film and general concept art. She has been working full time as a freelancing illustrator since 2006.
Tannie M. Smith is an Illustrator and Author in Austin, Texas. Previously she owned and operated the successful design and branding firm, tann|design. In 2011 she chose to close down her design business in order to spend more time with her family and return to illustration. Tannie has a strong appetite for knowledge and continuously seeks ways to learn and improve her skill by pestering any who are willing to teach her.
Piper Thibodeau is a freelance character designer based in Montreal, Canada. She has done work for Nickelodean, Dreamworks, Intel, Penguin Books and more. But she is best known for her puntastic daily paintings, which she has been doing since 2012. The best of her paintings are collected in a book of her work, “Daily Paintings: The Art Of Piper Thibodeau.”
Sterling Hundley is an internationally recognized illustrator, educator and speaker based in Richmond, Virginia. For nearly 20 years, Hundley's work has garnered international acclaim with commissions for clients as varied as Rolling Stone, Marvel, the Grammys, GQ, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Red Bull, Harper Collins, Penguin and Random House. Sterling's work has been recognized by Graphis, Society of Illustrators New York, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, 3 x 3, Communication Arts Magazines, and many others. Hundley is currently pursuing a career as a Painter, creating personal work for exhibition.
Anna Daviscourt is a concept artist in the game industry, as well as a freelance illustrator. Her whimsical work ranges from loose and colorful sketches to finely detailed paintings. She also teaches independent studies at PNCA in Portland, OR, and dreams of one day owning a pet corgi!