CG Spectrum's online illustration courses are a complete study pathway to help you become an illustrator for films, games, and publishing! Learn how to plan, develop and present compelling industry-standard artwork, acquire critical job skills, and graduate with strong portfolio.
Both illustration and concept art are built on solid art fundamentals, so you'll start your journey by establishing a solid understanding of color, value, and light. Look at how physical attributes affect design choices by learning perspective drawing and anatomy, discuss indirect versus direct design briefs, plus how to develop ideas based on the information you’re given. Apply your new skills to design a character, and learn how to professionally polish and present your work.
Note: This short course is also the first term of the Concept Art & Digital Illustration Course, so you’ll be one-third of the way through if you choose to continue!
Continue your illustration course by looking at how light and color affect mood, before moving on to the creation of stylized materials and textures. You'll find out how to develop an artistic style, and apply life drawing and dynamic posing techniques to create and present appealing art.
Next, you'll learn the fundamentals of environment and set design by starting with perspective drawing: the key to creating solid art. Discover how to visualize environments by building matte paintings from scratch using photo-bashing techniques plus the paint-over method to acquire lighting and perspective information from pre-rendered assets.
Note: The Introduction to Concept Art & Digital Illustration Certificate is embedded in this course. If you complete the 3-month introductory course, you'll be one-third of the way through this course.
The advanced illustration course is where you take your art fundamentals to the next level, and explore your career options as an illustrator.
Discover how to convey a compelling story through your artwork. Learn art history and examine how famous artists approached paint handling and gesture. Explore advanced painting techniques to mimic traditional media, and practice fine art portraiture and digital painting. Then experiment with composition to guide viewers to the action, and see how light, color and shape enhance your story.
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 comic book covers, trading card gaming art and marketing art for film and video 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.
Your final term is dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation so you graduate ready for your career as a digital illustrator!
Eric is a New York Times bestselling Illustrator, 2020 Chesley Award Winner for best hardback book cover scifi illustration, 2019 Chesley Award finalist and has been featured in multiple volumes of Spectrum Fantastic Art, Expose, and Imagine FX. He was also a finalist in the ARC International Salon. Over the past decade he's created art for film, TV, advertising, publishing, animation, comics, video games and even costume design.
With a focus on illustration portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed.