Charles, "Chuck", Pyle was born in California and went to art school in
San Francisco. He drew pictures from an early age and still remembers
fondly the unique aroma of warm crayons and manila paper. Early
artistic influences were Thomas Nast, Charles Dana Gibson, Mort
Drucker, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, James R. Neill, and the great
editorial cartoonists like Oliphant, Herblock, and Daumier.
broadened Chuck's palette of influences and interests to the great
painter illustrators like Rockwell, Cornwell, Pyle, Tepper, Parker as
well as the late nineteenth and early twentieth century painters of
note. He learned to draw under Barbara Bradley's tutelage, and to be an
illustrator under an apprenticeship with James Sanford.
Since 1977, he
has painted for clients worldwide and for himself whenever possible. He
also teaches drawing at his alma mater to the next generation of
artists who want to draw and interpret from the world they see in front
of them. Chuck is the director of the illustration department at the
Academy of Art University in San Francisco.