How to become a digital illustrator

Learn how to become a digital illustrator with award-winning artists Eric Wilkerson & Tyler James

Art: Eric Wilkerson

Turn your illustration skills into a career!

Get expert advice from illustrators who have worked with clients like Marvel, Weta Workshop, Blizzard Entertainment, Scholastic and Disney Publishing.

Hosted by CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager Maxine Schnepf, professional illustrators and CG Spectrum mentors Eric Wilkerson and Tyler James share how they got started as illustrators, how they got their first big break, and what to do to stay in demand as an artist.

This webinar is for anyone who:
  • Wants to work as a professional illustrator
  • Doesn't know how to find their niche and market themselves
  • Struggles to find clients who value and will pay for their work
  • Wants to build a polished portfolio that gets noticed
What we cover:
  • How to get started as an illustrator
  • Tips to make your portfolio stand out
  • What a day in the life of an illustrator looks like
  • What to do (and what NOT to do) to go from amateur to pro
  • How to position yourself as a professional artist
  • Different illustration career path options
  • How to find your niche and market yourself
  • Dealing with impostor syndrome
  • What to do to find paying clients - and keep them!
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Presented by
CG Spectrum

CG Spectrum - Established in 2011, CG Spectrum is a global top-ranked training provider offering specialized programs in real-time 3D, game development, animation, VFX, digital painting, and visualization. CG Spectrum inspires and trains creators through a unique online learning model and personalized mentorship from industry professionals. CG Spectrum is an Unreal Authorized Training Center, Unreal Academic Partner, SideFX Certified Training Provider, and Toon Boom Authorized Training Center delivering programs worldwide. Learn more at

Eric Wilkerson

Eric Wilkerson | CG Spectrum Mentor of Advanced Illustration Course - Eric is an in-demand illustrator who has worked in the entertainment industry for more than a decade with clients like Weta Workshop, Marvel, Upper Deck, Dark Horse Comics, Scholastic and Disney Publishing. He’s carved an impressive career as an Illustrator for film, TV, advertising, publishing, animation, comics, video games and even costume design. His recent work includes art for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and the book cover art for Shuri, the latest Black Panther novel. Eric is a 2020 Chesley Award Winner. See some of Eric's work on his website.

Tyler James

Tyler James | CG Spectrum Mentor of Concept Art & Illustration - Tyler is an award-winning artist who has worked with more than a dozen major developers and triple-A franchises over the last fifteen years. Serving in roles such as Concept Artist, 3D Character Artist and Art Director, his work is widely recognized and used for major character designs in game development. You can find his work in titles such as Heroes of the Storm, Warhammer, Rift, Star Wars, Hex, Warmachine, Wasteland, Warcraft, RWBY and many others. His work includes credits at companies like Blizzard Entertainment, Cryptozoic Entertainment, and Fantasy Flight Games. See some of Tyler's work on his website.

Maxine Schnepf

Maxine Schnepf | CG Spectrum Career Development Manager - Maxine helps students increase their hiring potential and prepare for life beyond school in their chosen discipline through career advice, portfolio reviews, and priceless insider insights. Highly experienced and well-connected in the VFX industry, Maxine's worked in all aspects of the post-production process as a VFX Producer, Department Manager, Production Coordinator, and everything in between.