Online Illustration Course To Get You Job Ready

Learn illustration and take your skills to the next level! In CG Spectrum’s digital illustration course you’ll discover how to create professionally polished art for films, video games and publishing.

Illustration plays an important role in conveying concepts and narratives in a 2D environment, and inspiring the direction of Hollywood blockbusters and AAA video games.

As a professional artist, your job is equal parts Director, Concept Artist, Painter, Cinematographer, and 3D Modeler. At CG Spectrum you’ll get hands-on experience putting these skills together to create the illusion of space in a 2D narrative moment.

Advanced Digital Illustration Course Overview

In this comprehensive 10-month online illustration course, your industry mentor will show you step-by-step how to plan, develop and present compelling industry-standard artwork using Adobe Photoshop.

From the golden age of commercial art to contemporary luminaries, you will learn illustration history and analyze art in the Sci-Fi fantasy genre. Then you’ll explore character illustration and create your own narrative artwork using expert techniques.

Acquire critical job skills throughout the course and graduate with strong portfolio samples that instill confidence in employers. Traditional artists are welcome to join this exciting course!

CG Spectrum gives you direct access to the best mentors from around the world, delivering a personalized education that gives you the competitive edge you need to succeed. Sign up for 1-on-1 or small group classes today!

Start Date

March 2nd, 2020

Duration

10 Months

Delivery Method

Weekly online classes via Zoom along with recorded feedback, e-mail support and a student community

Software

A student educational license of Adobe Photoshop is provided to all students for free

Course Load

20hrs/week

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites

Course Curriculum

TERM 01

History, Composition & Painting

History, Advanced Composition & Painting

Discover how to use your human or creature figure to convey the story of your artwork. Explore advanced painting techniques to mimic traditional media, and practice fine art portraiture and digital painting. Examine how famous artists approached paint handling and gesture. Then experiment with composition to guide viewers to the action, and see how light, color and shape enhance your story.


Learn how to:

  • Manipulate light, value and atmosphere
  • Gather quality reference material
  • Receive constructive critiques
  • Speed up workflows with 3D software

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Course Introduction / History Lesson
  2. Advanced Staging / Composition 01
  3. Gather Reference 01 – Models and Maquettes
  4. Light and Value Control
  5. Advanced Digital Painting Techniques
  6. Cinematic Storytelling
  7. Gathering Reference 02 – Using 3D
  8. Advanced Staging / Composition 02
  9. Advanced Color Theory and Application 01
  10. Advanced Color Theory and Application 02
  11. Advanced Traditional Painting Techniques 01
  12. Advanced Traditional Painting Techniques 02

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 02

Entertainment Industry Application

Entertainment Industry Application

The end goal of a successful illustration is to accurately tell a story and sell a product. Explore various commercial markets and learn about creating book covers, card gaming art and marketing art for film and games. Experiment with hand painting, photo-bashing and 3D paint-overs. Assignments are treated like real commissions with hard deadlines so you learn to work under pressure.


Learn how to:

  • Turn rough sketches into final art
  • Manage time and meet deadlines
  • Create art for various markets
  • Work with specific client briefs

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Sketching your commission
  2. Reference and Final Drawing
  3. Digital Painting Demonstration
  4. Finding your Voice & Guest Speaker 
  5. Digital & Traditional Painting Workflow
  6. Oil Painting Demonstration & Guest Speaker
  7. Visual Problem Solving 
  8. Working as a fantasy gaming illustrator
  9. Intro to Poster and Keyframe illustration
  10. Poster Illustration & Character Design 
  11. Keyframe Painting Demonstration
  12. Color and Mood Painting Demo

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

TERM 03

Career & Portfolio Development

Career & Portfolio Development

Review the business side of your new career. Discuss self-promotion, contracts and preparing yourself for a life in the arts. Your training ends with a final project where you select an illustration type and develop three pieces for a specific market – just as you would in the real world. Choose to work off a brief or self-direct. End your online illustration course by adding finished artwork to your portfolio!


Learn how to:

  • Discover and use your artistic voice
  • Professionally present your work
  • Promote yourself and secure jobs
  • Negotiate contracts like an expert

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Personal Project 01
  2. The Business of Illustration 01
  3. Pricing & Contracts
  4. Personal Project 02
  5. Portfolio Presentation / Professionalism
  6. Self Promotion
  7. Approaching Art Directors
  8. Finding Your Audience
  9. Personal Project 03
  10. Staff vs. Freelance Positions
  11. Creating your own Intellectual Property
  12. Continued Skill Development Practices

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Mentor

Eric Wilkerson

Eric Wilkerson

Mentor of

Illustration

Eric Wilkerson is an Illustrator who has worked in film, commercials, video games, and the publishing industry. As a professional Illustrator for nearly twenty years, Eric has worked as a freelance and staff artist, having held both lead and senior positions.

He has provided concept art, matte painting, and art direction services while working in-house for casino/mobile gaming studios and advertising agencies.

Eric has worked with companies such as Activision, Disney Publishing, Scholastic, Random House, Upper Deck, and Weta Workshop.

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The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Learn illustration from the comfort of your own home! Online classes make it easy to plan around busy schedules and study when convenient.

Industry Mentors

Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.

Job Ready Skills

Our specialized online illustration course and hands-on teaching method ensures you gain the skills that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.

Ready to Start Something Great?

Tuition & Study Options

Small Class Option

If you enjoy learning with others and sharing ideas, small group classes are for you! Fun, engaging and capped at 5 students max, this option is a great way to learn illustration from an industry mentor at an affordable price. Ideal if you thrive in a collaborative environment and wish to start building your peer network while you learn. While there is some flexibility with class times, if you have a rigid schedule consider 1-on-1 mentorship.

MONTHLY

$1075

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$3325

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$7995

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

1-On-1 Private Option

Progress faster as an artist with 1-on-1 mentorship! Private tuition offers a higher level of individual attention and more flexibility to schedule classes around work and family commitments. Your mentor can also customize the online illustration course based on your particular strengths and interests. This option is perfect for those wanting to change careers and get into the industry, or established artists keen to upskill or change specialties.

MONTHLY

$1350

10 x payments

 

PER TERM

$4050

3 x payments

(Save 10%)

UPFRONT

$9995

1 x payments

(Save 25%)

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