Tony was born and raised in Southern California. He attended the Art Institute of San Diego, where he studied Illustration and Graphic Design. He became a nationally published Cartoonist at the age of 19. After graduation, Tony worked as a Cartoonist and Art Director for a Looney Tunes licensee in Washington DC. He also worked in Maryland, for Marriott Corporate Design & Promotion. Today, he designs & illustrates for clients worldwide.
Tony brings a sense of pride and immense work ethic to every design and illustration project, which he attributes to his hardworking Italian family. His success as an independent artist is mainly due to his creativity, his problem-solving skills and his accountability. "If I say it's going to get done, it gets done," says Tony.
As an Illustrator, Tony's cartoons have been published and sold around the world. His drawing style has been compared to Matt Groening, the creator of "The Simpsons" and Jim Davis, the creator of "Garfield."
Tony has also spent time as a disc jockey, commercial voice talent and internet radio host. He hosted the "Saturday Sound" on KRTM, voiced the narration for a national television campaign and co-created, produced and co-hosted a worldwide internet comedy podcast.
In 1998, Tony established the "Cartooning with Bigfoot" workshop, and has since taught more than 50,000 children the fun and creative art of Cartooning. Tony also teaches Art & Design at various other private, public and charter schools throughout the southland.
Bigfoot Graphics' art programs now include Anime, as well as classes in Graphic Design, Multi-Media and Fine Art. Students from all over Southern California recognize Tony as the fun and talented artist with a true gift for teaching.
Tony's design clients continue to work with him because he is their link to all things creative.
Katinka Clementsmith is a local artist who has shown in galleries and live painting events throughout southern California since 1996. She creates obsessive-compulsively, learning and adding new mediums as she grows. Her focus is bold, playful images of amusing subject matter, often with the addition of found or repurposed items. She created a long term environmental art project called "Medusa Bloom" using art to bring attention to the damage done by one-time use items like plastic bags.
Katinka has run the Fine Arts and younger student programs for Bigfoot for several years and also teaches Color Theory and Mixed Media for our Elite Teen program. She is an artist of a high caliber that we are very proud to have as part of our staff.
Jeff Waddleton has been a working graphic designer since 1999. As Creative Director of his own design firm, Jeff has developed everything from logos, posters, catalogs, and product packaging to websites, building signage, and semi-trailer wraps for clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is a critical thinker who regularly analyzes the successes and failures of current marketing strategies, both in corporate America and popular culture, and implements those ideas into his own work. Jeff currently is the lead instructor for the Teen Graphic Design program and the Teen Entrepreneurs program.
Even when he's not on the job, Jeff enjoys expressing his creativity through an abundant appreciation of music, movies, art and gaming. He also likes burritos.
Ly Bucci is a talented artist who loves Anime. He started as a member of the BFG Elite program in 2010 and went on to earn a degree in Graphic Design from Platt College in San Diego, in 2013.
Now running the Teen drawing/Anime program and an Instructor for various other programs, Ly enjoys teaching the basics of creating characters, along with many other techniques. He loves helping young artists expand their skills and grow confidence in their drawings. Ly's favorite quote is "An artist cannot live without creating, since the pen in hand is connected to our heart."
Erika Palm has been teaching art in the valley for about 15 years. She was the full time art teacher at Van Avery Prep for many of those and has been working with Bigfoot for many years, as well. Erika's programs are always FUN, creative and colorful. We are very proud to have Erika on our staff and encourage you to register now for one of her upcoming classes or camps!
Brian Manning is a talented Cartoonist who has taught in various schools, camps and municipalities for many years. His funny personality, wit and sense of humor make him very popular with our students and staff. Brian got his degree in writing from CSUF and has been a member of the Bigfoot roster for many years. We are proud to have Brian on our staff and spend most of our time with him, with a smile on our face.
Marco is the AP Art Teacher at GOHS. He is ALSO a working comic book Author & Illustrator, with Dark Horse and other publishers. Our Elite students love Marco and his down to earth method of interacting with young creatives.
We are very proud and fortunate to have such an experienced educator and seasoned professional on our staff!
Our 2018 Student of the Year and Elite Hall of Famer, Sarah is now the Alternate Instructor for our Monday afternoon class. She also teaches the Watercolor module for the Elite teen program. Sarah was chosen as our 2018 Student of the Year and is one AMAZING artist! We are very proud of this young lady and happy to have her on our staff.
Ceallach is a very talented young artist, currently studying at CSUSM. She was a very popular member of our Elite program and a former Intern, through Springs Charter School. Ceallach is great with kids and has recently been promoted to run our Computer Camp program. Ceallach loves to laugh and brings great energy to our studio. We are very proud to have her on our staff.
Arman is a very talented young 2D Artist, who graduated from Academy of Art University/SF in 2017, with a BFA in Animation. He is a young master of Illustration and teaches our Character Design program. We are very happy to have Arman with us and our students enjoy his classes.
Kosé studied 3D Animation at Full Sail University. He then went on to pursue a path for his passion in traditional animation. Kosé brings his experience and knowledge for animation, digital art and video editing to our studio, to help young creatives learn their craft. He is great with young people and we are very proud to have him on our staff.
Chris is a young creative, who is passionate about film, photography and design. He is also a musician who is studying Business at CSUSM. Chris lends his talents to our Photoshop program, as well as helping with our Teen Entrepreneurs program.
He is a bright and engaging young man who students really take to. We are very proud to have this talented young gentleman on our staff.
Hayden started with Bigfoot programs when he was about 11 or 12. He earned his invitation to our Elite Artist program in high school and was Bigfoot's first ever Hall of Fame inductee AND Student of the Year in the same year! Hayden is a VERY talented artist and one HECK of a nice young man. He is currently an Graphic Design major at C.B.U. and we are very proud to have him on our staff.