Illustration Fundamentals

Instructed by John English

All the tools you need to accelerate your skills as an artist.

Illustration Fundamentals is a hit-the-ground-running course is perfect for beginner artists who plan to attend our Illustration or Concept Art Programs. This class equips artists with an advanced comprehension of illustration. Every student is assigned a working professional as a mentor. The Foundations mentor, John English shares all of the tools needed to accelerate as an artist.

Recommended for novice and intermediate artists, this course covers sketching, drawing, and the necessary skills to understand the foundations of illustration. It’s great if you’re looking to broaden your abilities as an artist or sharpen already established skills.

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 5 Week Course

  • Hands-on lectures & demonstrations

  • Practical assignments & constructive critiques

  • Development of basic skills & techniques

  • Working with composition

  • Drawing from memory, life, and reference


Feb. 27 – March 27


5 weeks

Live Classes

8am – 11am PT

Price: $599 (limited offer)

Course Outline

Illustrator and painter John English

Meet the Class Mentor John English

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.

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

Feb. 27 2022



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.

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