Instructors: Audrey Benjaminsen or Jon Foster
Difficulty: Beginner
Length: 11 weeks (11 classes = 33+ hours of class)
Delivery: Live, online, and fully-interactive
Class size: 5-12 students

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

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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

An internationally renowned digital artist and illustrator

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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

World-renowned illustrator and tattoo artist

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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’.

⬇️ Sterling Hundley

One of the most awarded illustrators of all time.

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Sterling Hundley is an internationally acclaimed illustrator. His work has appeared regularly in the pages of Communication Arts, American Illustration, Print Magazine, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, 3 x 3, Graphis, Step by Step Graphics, the Society of Publication Designers, and the New York Society of Illustrators. Clients include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Atlantic Monthly, the Grammys, GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper Collins, Penguin/Putnam, Random House, Scholastic, and Knopf. From 2006-08, Sterling was the most highly awarded illustrator in the US.

Syllabus

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 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

⬇️ Class 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.

⬇️ Class 11: Finished Art Continued

Topics:
Mark-making and texturing, one-on-one reviews of each student’s finished images