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Illustration Program

Starts May 25

JON FOSTER, PASSAGE MENTOR

About the Program

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ON ALL COURSES

This program consists of four progressively challenging online courses, each 11 weeks in length. The classes are small and the lessons are industry- tailored.


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COURSE I.

Process: Skill & Craft

 

ABOUT the course:

Process is the first course in the Illustration Program and lays a runway for advance picture-making and drawing. Mentors offer tools, wisdom, feedback, and all the guidance needed to improve as a visual artist. Classes include lectures on technique, skill, and the history of illustration. Each class consists of demonstrations and critiques of weekly homework assignments.

  • Process

  • Drawing

  • Media

  • Sketchbook

  • Color


Instructors:

+ Audrey Benjaminsen

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Audrey is an illustrator and designer based in Metro Detroit Michigan. She received a BFA in Illustration from Sarasota Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design in 2015.

Audrey finds inspiration in both the beautiful and the beastly, and looks for character around every corner. She has done work for Roof Studio, Simon & Schuster, Night Shade Books, Fantasy Flight Games, Passion Pictures, Lateral Branding and Hasboro. Audrey has a passion for art education, therapy, and community.

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+ George Pratt

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One of Illustration’s greats, George is an award-winning painter, writer, photographer. His work is in numerous private collections world wide. He is a recipient of the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal, and Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film "See You In Hell, Blind Boy".

George was honored to be included in Walt Reed’s book The Illustrator in America 1860 – 2000. He was also awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards of 2002 and has had his work exhibited many times at the Society of Illustrators in New York.

In addition to his gallery work, he is currently working on the International Black Light Project on the genocide in West Africa, his blues novel, See You In Hell, Blind Boy, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream from Locust Moon Press, and Above the Dreamless Dead from First Second books.


+ Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker #1 TBD
Guest Speaker #2 TBD

Syllabus:

+ Week 1...

IMAGE MAKING

Topics: Five Step image-making process. Instructor also reviews the available work or portfolio of each student. Delivery of lecture or demonstration.

Assignment: Develop thumbnails to illustrate the feel of a story as a whole or a particular scene. The story is assigned by the instructor.

Delivery: Live and online

Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 2...

DRAWING

Topics: Drawing: memory, life and photography. Review of figure drawing and reference techniques for process and sketchbook. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work. Delivery of lecture or demonstration.

Assignment: Develop compositions that use the principles of value, shape, and scale.

Delivery: Live and online

Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 3...

GUEST SPEAKER

Topics: TBD. Determined by the guest speaker’s field and specialty. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work. Delivery of lecture or demonstration.

Assignment: Develop compositions applying the principles covered in class including contrast, grouping (massing), and overlap.

Delivery: Live and online

Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 4...

COMPOSITION

Topics: Shape design, light & dark pattern, division of space. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work. Delivery of lecture or demonstration.

Assignment: Develop compositions using the principles of pattern/rhythm, force, lines, direction, and balanced figure ground.

Delivery: Live and online

Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 5...

COMPOSITION CONTINUED

Topics: Point of view, visual design. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work. Delivery of lecture or demonstration.

Assignment: Compositional studies of grey scale keys. Using black and white photos as reference create various value interpretations of a personal portrait sketch.

Delivery: Live and online

Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 6...

CREATING REFERENCE

Topics: Lighting, posing, costuming, photography. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work. Delivery of lecture or demonstration.

Assignment:Revisit the previous assignment with a new concept and the apply the compositional skills from this week.

Delivery: Live and online

Length: Three Hours

+ Week 7...

VALUE STUDY/FINAL DRAWING

Topics: Composition, perspective, layering. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work.

Assignment: Continue development of previous assignment.

Delivery: Live and online.

Length: Three hours

+ Week 8...

VALUE STUDY/FINAL DRAWING (CONTINUED)

Topics: Finalizing shapes and values, drawing, creating interest, shapes and variety, establishing mood. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work.

Assignment: Continue to apply the idea of creating well-planned pictures. The assignment is to illustrate the concept of a color. It can be as simple as a common blue object or a more conceptual feeling or emotion. Sketches are due the following week.

Delivery: Live and online

Length: Three hours

+ Week 9...

FINISHED ART

Topics: Media application, coloring, and rendering. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work.

Assignment: Continue development of the previous assignment

Delivery: Live and online

Length: Three hours

+ Week 10...

GUEST SPEAKER

Topics: TBD. Determined by the guest speaker’s field and specialty. One-on-one reviews of each student’s progress and work.

Assignment: Continue development of a previous assignment and work towards a finished image.

Delivery: Live and online

Length: Three hours

+ Week 11...

FINISHED ART (CONTINUED)

Topics: Mark-making and texturing, one-on-one reviews of each student’s finished images

Assignment: No assignment

Delivery: Live and online

Length: Three hours

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 COURSE II.

Ideation & Visual Storytelling

 

About the course:

This course explores the art of developing a compelling and engaging story, a critical component of visual narrative. This skill can be applied to all corners of the creative industry. Each class includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques, or projects.

  • Identifying problems

  • Visual problem solving

  • Mood & emotion

  • Story

  • Image development

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INstructor:

+ Edward Kinsella III

Edward's work has been commissioned by iconic magazines and publishers internationally. His work is regularly showin in gallery exhibitions. His clients include but are not limited to: The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Criterion Collection, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Playboy, Penguin, The Boston Globe, Wired, Nautilus Magazine, Washington Post, Scholastic, The New York Times, New York Magazine.

+ Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker #1 TBD
Guest Speaker #2 TBD

Syllabus:

+ Week 1...

IDENTIFYING VISUAL PROBLEMS

Presentation: Lecture or demo
Discussion: Review of student work
Homework:Begin Assignment 1
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 2...

SKETCHING & THUMBNAILS

Presentation: Lecture or demo<
Discussion: Assignment 1 progress and critique
Homework: Assignment 1 (continued)
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 3...

GUEST SPEAKER #1

Presentation: TBD. Determined by the guest speaker’s industry.
Discussion: Critique of finished assignments
Homework: Begin Assignment 2
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 4...

NARRATIVE ILLUSTRATION

Presentation: Lecture or demo
Discussion: Assignment 2 progress and critique
Homework: Assignment 2 (continued)
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three hours

+ Week 5...

THE DRAWING PROCESS

Presentation: Lecture or demo
Discussion: Critique of finished assignments
Assignment: Begin Assignment 3
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 6...

PAINTING PROCESS

Presentation: Lecture or demo
Discussion: Critique of Assignment 3 progress
Homework:Continue work on Assignment 3
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 7...

MIXED MEDIA CHARACTER DESIGN

Presentation: Lecture or demo<
Discussion:Critique of finished Assignment 3
Homework:Begin Assignment 4
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 8...

UNDERSTANDING IDEATION (CONTINUED)

Presentation: Lecture or demo
Discussion: Critique of Assignment 4 progress
Homework:Continue work on Assignment 4
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 9...

UNDERSTANDING IDEATION (CONTINUED)

Presentation: Lecture or demo
Discussion:Critique of finished Assignment 4
Homework:Begin Assignment 5
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three hours

+ Week 10...

GUEST SPEAKER #2

Presentation: TBD. Determined by the guest speaker’s industry.
Discussion: Critique of assignment 5 progress
Homework:Continue work on Assignment 5
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

+ Week 11...

PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

Presentation: Lecture or demo
Discussion: Critique of finished Assignment 5
Delivery:Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

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Course III.

Portfolio Development

 

ABOUt THe COURSE:

This chapter of the program is a critical resource for students preparing to enter the industry. Students are advised by a highly-skilled professional as they prepare an industry-ready portfolio. Students are provided a trove of resources to establish an industry-ready portfolio.These resources include guest art directors, critiques, and entrepreneurial guidance from seasoned artists.

Students are provided functional and constructive entrepreneurial guidance from their instructors. Topics and assignments are designed to advance your portfolio and establish professional goals.

  • Identifying the industry

  • Directing your portfolio

  • Continued learning

  • Branding

  • Marketing

  • Personal coaching

  • Exit portfolio


Instructors:

+ Edward Kinsella

Edward's work has been commissioned by iconic magazines and publishers internationally. His work is regularly showin in gallery exhibitions. His clients include but are not limited to: The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Criterion Collection, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Playboy, Penguin, The Boston Globe, Wired, Nautilus Magazine, Washington Post, Scholastic, The New York Times, New York Magazine.

+ Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker #1 TBD
Guest Speaker #2 TBD

SYLLABUS:

+ Weeks 1 - 11

PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

Presentation: Lectures or demos. Discussion: One-on-one guidance for students building an industry-ready portfolio. This class is tailored to the individual, and each class varies based on practical developments needed by each student.
Homework: Each week, students take steps to sharpen skills while also polishing their portfolio for presentation
Delivery: Live and online
Class Length: Three Hours

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COURSE IV.

Career Development

 

ABOUT the course:

Career Development is designed as a repeatable course, meaning it can be taken multiple times. Now that you have an established Portfolio, you're prepared to apply your skills and knowledge towards a career.

During this course, students continue to hone skills, enhance their portfolio, and outline career strategies. Every step of this process is guided by an illustration mentor, a highly vetted professional in the illustration industry. This includes portfolio guidance, entrepreneurial counseling, and all the gritty aspects of running your own business and establishing a career.

  • Identifying Ambitions

  • Industry Perspective

  • Networking

  • Marketing

  • Personalized

  • Establish Goals

Instructors:

+ Edward Kinsella

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Edward's work has been commissioned by iconic magazines and publishers internationally. His work is regularly showin in gallery exhibitions. His clients include but are not limited to: The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Criterion Collection, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Playboy, Penguin, The Boston Globe, Wired, Nautilus Magazine, Washington Post, Scholastic, The New York Times, New York Magazine.

+ John English

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John 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.

+ Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker #1 TBD
Guest Speaker #2 TBD
Guest Speaker #3 TBD
Guest Speaker #4 TBD

SYLLABUS:

+ Weeks 1 to 11

PORTFOLIO AND CAREER COACHING

Topics: Career goals, one-on-one coaching, honing a finished portfolio, entrepreneurial strategy, professional networking, continued skill development. This is not a one-size fits all class. As the final course in the Illustration Program, it is focused on the individidual and their educational needs.

Assignment: Professional development, the specifics of which are dependent on the individual student.


Delivery: Live and online

Class Length: Three Hours