Concept Art Program — Course 1

Portfolio Development

Instructed by Dale Stephanos & John English


Dale Stephanos, Instructor


Set your goals and hit them with a polished, professional-grade portfolio.

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.

Key Takeaways From The 10 Week Course

  • Identify your industry and career pursuit

  • Develop a portfolio aimed at your aspirations

  • Branding

  • Development of personal style

  • Marketing

  • One-on-one coaching

  • Exit Portfolio

  • Industry networking


Jan. 22 – March 26


10 weeks

Live Classes

10:00am – 1:00pm PT

Price: $999 (limited offer)

Course Outline

Meet Your Mentors

Portrait of illustrator and painter, Dale Stephanos
Illustrator and painter John English

Guest Speakers


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.

Painting of a mermaid by fantasy artist, painter, and illustration, Ashly Lovett.

Ashly Lovett

Illustrator & Painter

Tim O'Brien illustration of Beyonce for Lemonade album

Tim O’Brien


Ed Binkley

Illustrator & Fantasy Artist


As an Illustration program student, you will also gain access to guest speakers featured in the concept art program as on-demand content.

Character design concept art for The Last of Us by Alexandria Neonakis

Alexandria Neonakis

Concept Artist & Illustrator

Digital concept art painting for Last of Us video game by Ashley Swidowski

Ashley Swidowski

Concept Artist & Illustrator

Omar Hesham

Character Artist (Model, Texture, Lookdev, Groom)

Access to the best resources

Live Classes

Every class is delivered live and is fully interactive with lectures, demos, critiques, and guest speakers. Consider this your front row seat.

Office Hours

Study Hall

Course Start Date

Jan. 22, 2022



Payment Installments Available

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Need Some Guidance?

We can help you with any questions related to enrollment, portfolio development, and the student experience.