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ILLUSTRATION PROGRAM

Industry leaders become your Mentors.

 

Edward Kinsella III

 

Now Enrolling


Our Illustration Program consists of 4 online mentorship courses.. Each course builds upon the information taught in the previous course. Classes are small and the teaching is custom-tailored. Beginner artists are encouraged to take our Foundations Course before attending this program.

 
 
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PROCESS: SKILL & CRAFT

 

Jon Foster, VAP mentor

 

Demos &
Lectures

Assignments
& Critiques

11
Weeks

Process: Skill & Craft lays the runway for advance picture-making and drawing. Your Mentor will share all of the tools you need to accelerate as an illustrator. Classes include lectures on technique, skill and the history of illustration as well as demonstrations, and critiques.  Two of these sessions are instructed by high-profile guest lecturers and will be available to the Illustration community. 

  • Process:  Understanding and applying the 5-step process
  • Composition: Developing images with shape design & picture construction
  • Assignments: Multiple exercises and assignments
  • Drawing: Applying drawing to process
  • Media: Working with both digital & traditional medias
  • Sketchbook: Using the sketchbook as a powerful tool for idea development and creation
  • Color: Simple application and understanding of color
  • Two Guest Speakers: Two guest speakers present to all students.
 
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Process: Skill & Craft Mentor

Jon Foster

Jon's work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tor Books, Simon and Schuster, Harry S. Abrams Books, Boston Globe, Underwood Books, Knopf, Delacorte, Del Rey Books, Scholastic, Fox Atomic, Little Brown, Nightshade books, Subterranean Press. 

 

Schedule:
11 Classes, 3 hours,
On-demand
access

Pre-requisite: 
Intermediate, advanced students

 

Medium: 
Digital & traditional

Delivery: 
Online: live & recorded

Size: 
5-11
Students

Cost:
$1799

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IDEATION & VISUAL STORYTELLING

 
 

Demos &
Lectures

Assignments
& Critiques

11
Weeks

During this installment, students study and practice the art of developing a compelling and engaging story. This is a critical component of visual narrative and can be applied to essentially every corner of the creative industry. Each session includes either lectures, demonstrations, critiques, or projects. Sessions are delivered to a small group of 8-10 students, led by a Mentor. Two sessions of this installment will be instructed by highly acclaimed guest lecturers.

  • Story: Comprehending the narrative and story development.
  • Developing Images: Completion of four illustrations
  • Problem Identification: Understanding the assignment and challenges.
  • Problem Solving: Development of narrative or conceptual solutions.
  • Mood & Emotion: Creating mood and emotion in your artwork.
 
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Ideation & Visual Storytelling Mentor:

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.

 

Schedule:
11 Classes, 3 hours, On-demand access

Delivery: 
Live & online, and fully interactive

Pre-requisite: 
Process: Skill & Craft

Medium: 
Digital & Traditional

Size: 
5-11
Students

Cost: 
$1799

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PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

 
 

Demos &
Lectures

Portfolio
Reviews

11
Weeks

This chapter of the program is a critical resource for students preparing to enter the industry. Your Mentor advises you as you prepare an industry-ready portfolio and develop your career goals. These resources include guest art directors, critiques, and entrepreneurial guidance from seasoned artists. Artists will be provided functional and constructive entrepreneurial guidance.  You will sharpen your understanding of the industry and set professional goals that will help you achieve your ambitions. This Installment is designed as a repeatable course after completion, so you can continue to hone your skills and career strategy.
Sessions are delivered live. Recordings are available.

  • Exit Portfolio: Developing finished images
  • Identifying the Industry: Identifying available careers and what you want to pursue
  • Directing your Portfolio: Understanding potential venues, markets, industry niches, and art directors to target
  • Self Branding: Online self promotion and networking
  • Marketing: Direct mail and additional strategies.
  • Personalized: This isn't one size fits all. This is a tailor-fit learning experience.
  • Continued Learning: Want to continue to develop your portfolio and career skills?
 

Portfolio Development Mentor:

Edward Kinsella

 

Schedule:
11 Classes, 3 hours
On-demand access

Delivery: 
Live & online, and fully interactive

Requirements: 
Process: Skill & Craft
Visual Storytelling

Medium: 
Digital & Traditional

Size: 
5-11
Students

Cost: 
$1799

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT

 
 

Career
Strategies

Portfolio
reviews

Repeatable
Installment

Career Development is designed as a repeatable course after completion. Students may take this course multiple times. Now that you have already established your Portfolio, you're officially ready to apply everything you've learned towards a career. You can continue to hone your skills, sharpen your portfolio, and outline your career strategy and prepare to tackle the industry. In addition to sharpening your skills, you will establish your career goals and outline the necessary steps to succeed. Every step of this process will be guided by an illustration mentor, a highly vetted professional in the illustration industry. The mentor provides students with industry-relevant information for one of the fastest changing professions. This includes portfolio guidance, entrepreneurial counsel, and all the gritty aspects of running your own business and launching your career. Sessions are delivered live. Recordings are available.

  • Networking: Online self promotion and building professional relationships.
  • Marketing: Best methods to succeed with online, direct mail, and social marketing of your business.
  • Personalized: Lectures and demos are not repeated. This is all about your portfolio and development as an artist.
  • Establish Goals: Every student will develop a plan to tackle their career aspirations
  • Exit Portfolio: Assignments are developed into finished images
  • Identifying ambitions: Determine the clients, projects, and companies you want to work for as an illustrator.
  • Industry Perspective: Understanding visual arts industry and the best methods to pursue these opportunities.
 

Career Development Mentor:

TBD

 

Schedule
11 Classes, 3 hours,
On-demand access

Delivery: 
Live & online, and fully interactive

Requirements
Process: Skill & Craft
Visual Storytelling
Portfolio Development

Medium: 
Digital &
Traditional

Size:
5-11
Students

Cost: 
$1799