Chuck Gillies


Freelance Illustrator, Chuck Gillies first started teaching at CCS in 1984. Before going freelance, Chuck was represented by Skidmore Studio in Detroit for 37 years with concurrent representation in New York by Mendola LTD for 25 of those years.


Gillies has done paintings for a wide variety of clients, including CBS Fox Video, The Upper Deck Company, Scholastic Books, Disney Hyperion, Dell Publishing, Crossway Books, Reader's Digest, Bradford Exchange, FTD, Planters Peanuts, Pepsi, DaySpring MasterPeace Collection, Ford Motor Company, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Buick, and Dodge among others.

He has illustrated over 80 book covers and two complete children's books: With You All The Way by Max Lucado and The Sleeping Rose by Angela Elwell Hunt.
Chuck has also made hundreds of paintings for trading card companies. His acrylic paintings have been featured as prints, posters, greeting cards, collector plates and advertisements for the past 40 years.

Gillies is also a portrait painter whose commissions include portraits for Lee Iacocca, Mike Ilitch and many others. His work has appeared in The Society of Illustrators Annual, American Illustration Annual and Spectrum Annual. He has also participated in many gallery shows.

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  • BS, Ferris State University
  • Adjunct Faculty

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