About Visual Arts Passage

Visual Arts Passage offers a broad range of hands-on resources for artists at all levels of experience, around the world

Visual Arts Passage is an all-in-one online resource for artists around the world. From personalized mentorship services to interactive lectures and demonstrations delivered by industry pros, Visual Arts Passage creates opportunities for artists to further their understanding of illustration and design, build up a career-ready portfolio, and network with passionate artists around the globe.

Illustration & Concept Art Mentorships

Students are placed and linear track to develop professional skills for careers in the industry.

Mini Courses

These are one-off, topic-based courses led by some of the most acclaimed pros.

Studio Bridge

Subscription-based platform, giving users access to weekly drawing sessions, guest speakers, and vibrant community of passionate artists.

The Inspiration Behind Visual Arts Passage

Visual Arts Passage was founded in 2017 by John English and Timmy Trabon. It was developed in thanks to their combined interests in arts education and the expansion of groundbreaking resources to aspiring artists around the world.

Our sister program, The Illustration Academy has offered world-renowned educational workshops for the past 25 years. Bringing together some of the most iconic names in the visual arts industry, the Academy became a legendary workshop for polishing and finishing skills for illustrators. Visual Arts Passage was developed to distill the incredible mentorship aspects of The Illustration Academy into an immersive and online resource, available to artists around the world.

Illustrator and painter John English

John English


John English was raised in the company of New York’s most talented illustrators. He is the co-founder and program director of Visual Arts Passage. He is also the founder and director of The Illustration Academy.

He has received numerous awards from organizations including New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphis and Print Magazine. John’s work has graced the cover of Newsweek, the pages of Esquire, Money, and Essence, and the publications of Penguin Books, Bantam Books, Hitachi, 7-Up, NCAA, Sprint Corporation, and the Knoll Furniture Group.

Timmy Trabon


Timmy Trabon started his career as a commercial photographer and editor, working on projects including brands such as Levi Jeans, Wingstop, Ball Jars, Oakley, Patagonia, and more.

Timmy manages operations and the behind the scenes development at Visual Arts Passage as well as co-hosts livestream events. He helped develop Visual Arts Passage with John English with the main goal of disrupting and revamping traditional art education, making it wildly better and more accessible.

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