In this entry for the Director Dialogue series, we feature Charles S. Pyle from the School of Illustration. Known as “Chuck” among aspiring illustration artists and faculty members, he has experienced the Academy’s growth over the years firsthand, both as a student and a teacher.
Pyle first stepped foot onto the Academy of Art campus in 1972, when he enrolled as a student in Illustration. Since then, he has developed a prominent career as both an illustrator and educator. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Society of Illustrators’ Distinguished Educator in the Arts award.
Throughout Pyle’s career, his illustrations and cartoons have been featured in The Saturday Evening Post, New York Times, Politico, The Boston Globe, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
In the interview that follows, Chuck shares his professional experience and advice for students looking forward to successful careers in illustration.