Instructed by Dale Stephanos & John English
Prepare yourself to impress the art directors you most want to work with. Portfolio Development will give you the guidance and feedback to complete three to five head-turning illustrations. Led by industry award-winners who have worked for and with every big name under the sun—Newsweek, Time, Esquire—you’ll get close mentorship geared to help you succeed.
Your mentor won’t just help you progress as an illustrator, but as a professional too. With guidance on how to enter the industry, and how to see yourself as an entrepreneur.
After just 10 weeks, you’ll walk away with an Exit Portfolio to be proud of, and helpful, personalized critiques from some of the most respected professionals in the illustration industry.
Classes are hosted weekly, live and online. Your mentor will lecture on technique, skill, illustration history, and industry know-how.
Classes are hosted weekly, live and online. Your mentor will lecture on technique, skill, and the history of illustration. Added to that, you’ll join in for demonstrations, critiques, and Q&A sessions, with weekly homework assignments.
Dale Stephanos has been a professional artist for over 30 years. Evolving from cartoonist to illustrator to fine artist and educator, the only constant has been growth and change.
His clients include Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, MAD, Golf Digest, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Village Voice, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Magazine. His work has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators, Illustrators West, American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3×3, 200 Best Illustrators 2016.
Dale is most proud of the fact that his two children have grown up seeing not one, but two parents who have pursued their dream and achieved it.
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.
Each semester, the Illustration Program features a minimum of 3 guest speakers. We invite industry leading artists for these events and students are invited to ask questions and observe the guest artist as they share their craft and career wisdom in real time.
As an Illustration program student, you will also gain access to guest speakers featured in the concept art program as on-demand content.
Every class is delivered live and is fully interactive with lectures, demos, critiques, and guest speakers. Consider this your front row seat.
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Even though our courses are the best value, with the high caliber instruction and personalized mentoring, there are finance options available to make the mentorship program financially possible for as many artists as possible. Select Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout to view options.
Portfolio Development is the third course in the Illustration Program and it's the perfect course for advanced students who have begun to build out a portfolio. The course is a 10-week long workshop to continue building and polishing your portfolio to prepare it for the industry.
We recommend this course for students who have already attended Ideation & Visual Storytelling or for artists who are already working at an advanced level.
We recommend against jumping straight to Portfolio Development, but for some advanced artists, this is feasible. We recommend booking a portfolio review here, but there is no technical requirement to attend a more advanced course.
The Mentorship program is a "get out of it, what you put in" experience. That being said, our courses are structured to accommodate individuals with a busy schedule. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 3 hours for your live course and 2 hours to complete assignments and course work. We highly encourage students to commit more time if their schedule allows.
We encourage students to attend the livestream whenever their schedule permits, however, this is not required nor is it essential to fully benefit from the personalized coaching and mentoring offered by this course. Every class we host is recorded and available on-demand after the broadcast. You will still receive personalized feedback on work submitted before the livestream.
Yes! This course is designed truly as a mentorship course. Your mentor will review work you submit for the course and provide feedback during or after class to help you progress, improve and develop your skills and portfolio.
Yes, all classes are available for download during your enrollment as a mentorship program student.
We recommend students enroll in only one mentorship course per semester. We highly recommend taking mini-courses, such as Color Theory or Figure Drawing in addition to Mentorship courses.
We can help you with any questions related to enrollment, portfolio development, and the student experience.