Illustration Program

Classes start September 21

JON FOSTER, PASSAGE MENTOR

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About the Illustration Program

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

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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, Illustrator

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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.


Jon Foster, Digital artist & Illustrator

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An internationally renowned digital artist

Jon's clients include National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Tor Books, Simon and Schuster, Boston Globe, Underwood Books, and more.

In addition to his inclusion in the Society of Illustrators, he has received five awards from Spectrum and was awarded by the Society of Illustrators: Annual 43, has been nominated twice for the Chesley Awards, and was winner of the 2008 Dark Scribe Quill Award for Best Cover. Learn more about Jon Foster here.

+ Guest Speakers

NATALIE HALL, ILLUSTRATOR & TATTOO ARTIST

Natalie Hall, illustrator and tattoo artist

Natalie Hall, illustrator and tattoo artist

Natalie Hall is a professional illustrator and tattoo artist. Her work has been featured by major productions in the entertainment industry. She is a highly sought after tattoo artist, with clients traveling from across the globe for her work.

Her illustration work was most recently featured in Guillermo Del Toro’s film, ‘The Shape of Water’.

HER WORK WAS MOST RECENTLY FEATURED IN GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S FILM, THE SHAPE OF WATER.


GUEST SPEAKER #2: TBD

+ 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

 COURSE II.

Ideation & Visual Storytelling

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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: Natalie Hall
Guest Speaker #2 TBD

+ 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

Course III.

Portfolio Development

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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


+ 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.

+ 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

+ Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker: Natalie Hall
Guest Speaker #2 TBD

COURSE IV.

Career Development

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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 III

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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.


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John English

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

+ 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