Jack Bosson, RIP

Word has come our way of the passing of a beloved artist, instructor and animation professional, Jack Bosson. Bosson was a practicing fine artist and freelance illustrator for over 35 years and had taught drawing and painting at Cornell University, College of New Rochelle, University of Southern California, Otis College of Art and Design, Gnomon, and Woodbury University. He did background painting briefly at Hanna-Barbera and was hired as a trainer in Feature Animation at Disney in 1995. In 1999, he continued as a training consultant to Disney and taught at various institutions until he was hired to set up an Animation Department at Woodbury University, which he chaired for three years. He retired last spring after eight years at Woodbury, as Professor Emeritus.

There can be no better tribute to the man, than this video of Jack creating a creature with only pencil in hand – via Sketch Theatre.


  • ADStudent

    Jack also taught at Loyola Marymount and he was the best! He’d bring in his drawings for us to look at. He’d take our whole class to the LA Zoo and draw animals the whole day! For class he’d take us to the cafeteria and draw people and then we’d compare our drawings to each other’s and his and he’d give us really good feedback. This is so surreal. JACK I MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!

  • Ross O’Donovan

    I was fortunate enough to take a class under Jack, he was an amazing and passionate artist. Use to have really long chats with him while walking around Los Angeles Zoo and drawing. Rest in peace Jack, you will be missed.

  • AlyssHart

    I was also a student of Jack’s at Loyola Marymount University, and I took his figure/costume drawing classes, along with his animal drawing class and sketching for animation class. He was an amazing teacher who was always very positive and encouraging. I was lucky to have him for a figure drawing teacher when I started attending classes at Gnomon, and it came as a total shock when I heard the sad news. He will be greatly missed.

  • Christina

    I was also Jack’s student at Loyola Marymount. Such a great teacher and a wonderful person. I was so shocked when I heard the news. Jack, we love you!

  • barbara bosson

    Jack drew pictures from the age of three that were amazing and recognizable as what he intended. He heard Roosevelt’s funeral on the radio and drew the caissons with horses and flags.

    He hummed classical music in his pay pen.

    He was my big brother and I always admired him and loved him and will miss him. He didn’t believe in any sort of afterlife but God, I hope he was wrong.

    Rest dear, Jack. love, Bobbie

  • barbara bosson

    Jack drew pictures from the age of three that were amazing and recognizable as what he intended. He heard Roosevelt’s funeral on the radio and drew the caissons with horses and flags.

    He hummed classical music in his play pen.

    He was my big brother and I always admired him and loved him and will miss him. He didn’t believe in any sort of afterlife but God, I hope he was wrong.

    Rest dear, Jack. love, Bobbie

  • Matt Bosson

    I’m sorry I never got to meet any of Dad’s students. But I can certainly imagine the profound impact he had on all his students. He was the most gifted and thoughtful man I’ve ever known. And he truly missed by all his family and friends.
    I’ve posted some photos as well very early drawings he made for me when I was a child. Please check them out here:

    Photos:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151488983533082.590486.786788081&type=1&l=4da9e37674

    Doodles:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151491635728082.590843.786788081&type=1&l=3777cc7a61

    Letters:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151491647373082.590844.786788081&type=1&l=18a34cca72

    I love you Dad. Your son, Matt

  • Chris

    I feel so lucky to have taken 2 of his classes. He was a great teacher and his enthusiasm was infectious. Very sad to hear this news. Thanks Jack for everything.

  • sone

    I was fortunate to be in a drawing class with him at woodbury university. He challenged me to be the best that I can be and believed in me. Such sad news

  • Lily Feliciano

    I filmed and edited that video of Jack while I was producing Sketch Theatre, I had the great fortune of spending some golden moments with him chatting about his life and career and flipping through his many sketches asking me which one I thought the kids would like best… haha. Well Jack, I think they will love them all I told him, and meant it.

    He was a wonderful man. My heart is broken that he has left us, thank you for the lovely tribute. To all that knew him, Jack was an inspiration in so many ways, we will never forget. RIP Jack, you will be greatly missed my friend.