Ryan Greis, founder and lead instructor of Drawn Studio, has over 20 years of professional illustration and instructional experience. His artwork has appeared in the pages of New York Press, St. Louis Magazine, Riverfront Times and other local and regional publications around the United States, earning him numerous awards year after year from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.
In 2020, Ryan conducted an independent investigation that led to the discovery of 2 lost early 20th century American painting masterpieces, worth a combined $500,000.
He earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Visual Communication from Northern Kentucky University and his MBA from Lindenwood University.
DR. CINDY GORDON, PhD
Court received his BA in Studio Art from the University of California, San Diego in 1996, then pursued a formal art education at the Watts Atelier in 2001. In 2003, Court began teaching classes at the Watts Atelier in digital illustration, facial anatomy, caricature and portrait painting. With almost 2 decades of teaching, he has traveled to give art workshops and seminars around the US, internationally in Japan, Korea, Austria and India. He also created an online course on the art of caricature on the Proko.com art training website.
As a commercial illustrator, Court's work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, books and on retail products. Some of his publishing clients include Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Upper Deck Co. and Blizzard Entertainment.
He is a Master Member of the International Society of Caricature Artists, co-chair of the San Diego chapter of the California Art Club, a Signature Member of the San Diego Portrait Society and has won numerous top awards for his portrait work for SDPS shows including the People's Choice Award in 2007 and Best in Show in 2011.
Dr. Cindy Gordon
Dr. Cindy Gordon is an Associate Professor in Biology and the Director of the Human Anatomy program at the University of Oklahoma. She has been an educator for nearly 30 years and has won numerous teaching awards during her time at OU. In addition to teaching human anatomy, she is also a paleontologist, focusing on the evolution of early mammals.
Blayne Fox has been freelancing professional for 5 years. In that time, she's worked on Emmy-nominated projects such as "Weird But True Facts" for National Geographic Kids, drawn concept art for Discovery Channel's "Sharkopedia" page, and illustrated children's literature for Scholastic Publisshing, Benchmark and many more. She has a passion for illustration and bringing storytelling to every piece, all starting with traditional media. With the help of a Wacom Cintiq and Adobe Photoshop, this now primarily digital illustrator uses vibrant color palettes and dramatic lighting to control the mood and composition in each image she creates.
Kevin Le has been teaching drawing and design studio classes at Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts for 17 years. He holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Washington University and is a senior associate for Lawrence Group's Design Collective Studio.
Jesse Kwe is an illustrator who has done work on the Kickstarter-backed indie comic "Ghost Town: A Mystery" and several short stories for local comic publishers. He handles a variety of art styles ranging from light-hearted and whimsical to gritty and horrific. He loves to draw using the dynamic style of Anime and Manga. It's a popular and powerful tool he has in his arsenal and wants to pass his knowledge of drawing anime and manga to students.