Animated Illustration with Tony Rodriguez

Course Description

In this 5 week course. Illustration students will learn to implement movement into their illustrations to elevate visual narratives and enrapture audiences. Through the exploration of time-based illustration techniques, students will amplify their knowledge of digital tools and refine their technical skills in Adobe After Effects. Students will analvze the illustrator’s role in a design-based production environment and employ professional best practices to develop animated illustrations for diverse illustration-oriented venues

Materials used for the course

Students may work using a variety of tools including traditional methods, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Procreate.

Add movement, emotion, and energy to your illustrations.

Key Takeaways From The 5 Week Course

  • Technical skills for animation

  • Adding emotion

  • Creating energy with movement

  • Enhancing narrative

  • Professional applications of animated illustration

Classes are hosted weekly, live and online. Added to that, you’ll join for demonstrations, critiques, Study Hall, and Q&A sessions, with weekly homework assignments. Everything is recorded and available on-demand.


TBD, 2023 – Join waitlist for exact dates


5 weeks

Live Classes

Sundays, 4 – 7pm PT


$599 (limited offer)

Course Outline

Meet your class mentor, Tony Rodriguez

About The artist: The work of Cuban-American illustrator and educator, Tony Rodriguez, infuses flat color with bold line to convey a sense of spontaneity and simplicity. Although the art is created digitally, it has the look of traditional pen and ink gestural, dynamic, and expressionistic drawings. Rodriguez’s works have earned awards from The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, NBC Universal, Creative Quarterly, 3×3, American Illustration, Latin American Ilustración, Applied Arts, Entertainment Tonight, The Society For News Design, Grey Cube Gallery, and The United Kingdom’s World Illustration Awards.

U.S. & International clients include: Rolling Stone Magazine, The L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, GQ, Smithsonian Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, American Cowboy Magazine, Computer Arts Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Country Weekly, DAS Magazine, Blow Up Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Nurant Magazine, Ace Entertainment, Facebook TV, Videodrome, Humanities Magazine, Rhapsody Magazine, Misc Magazine, Peeps Magazine, The London Evening Standard, BBC Focus Magazine, Milk X Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, Black Key Group, Atlantic Records, Rock Ridge Music, The Beach Boys, and Red Light Management. Rodriguez currently teaches Illustration at Middle Tennessee State University.

What makes this Mentorship unique?

As a mentorship student, you will gain access to a vast wealth of resources to better your understanding and improve your skills. You will be paired with a high-caliber professional, who will be with you every step of the way.

Live Classes

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

Connect on Discord

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Study Hall

  • Ellen Everett

  • Ellen Everett

  • Adam Harris

  • Adam Harris

  • Adam Harris

  • Adam Harris

  • Jon Lee

  • Madison Seiber

Work by Tony’s Students

Polish your skills and create a powerful animated illustration

You will be tasked with hands-on assignments leading to a finished animated piece at the end of the 5 week long workshop.

Start date

TBD, 2023: Join waitlist for updates

VAP Student Testimonials

They meet students where they are at but manage to elicit high-quality results regardless of an artist’s background. Mentors genuinely care about their students’ success and want to help them find where they fit into the Industry. Good people with great insights.

Addie Green

I can not recommend them enough. What I have learned with them is all of the things I wish I had gotten in college and have searched for all my life.

Julia Lynn Powell

There is so much to say l would most likely still not do this organization justice—a fantastic place just to absorb knowledge and compassion towards art creation.

Simbisai Kahari

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

Mini-courses are one-off, 5-week long classes that are topic-based. While many of the features and resources, such as personalized feedback and learn-by-doing assignments are similar, the Mentorship courses cover a broader range of topics and place students on a linear development track. Mini-courses take a deep-dive into all the details of a specific topic.

Guest Speakers are mentioned on course pages that feature guest speakers. Comics and Sequential Art does feature a guest speaker, but Foundations of Illustration, Color Theory, and Figure Drawing for Illustrators does not feature guest artists.

Yes! We highly encourage students add Mini-courses to their Mentorship program.

Mini-course class times vary depending on the course. Most of these courses are scheduled during weeknights or on Sundays, depending on your timezone. To view exact date and start times of each mini-course, be sure to visit the about page for the mini-course you are interested in attending.

Need Some Guidance?

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