How to become a digital illustrator

How to become a Digital Illustrator

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Art: Eric Wilkerson

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

Are you an artist looking for tips to turn your digital illustration skills into a career? Don’t miss your chance to get expert advice from Illustrators at the top of their game!

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.

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What to expect

This webinar is for anyone who:

  • Wants to get 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
  • What a day in the life of a professional 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
  • What to do to find paying clients - and keep them!
  • Tips to make your portfolio stand out
Art: Eric Wilkerson

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Who you'll be hearing from

Award-winning illustrators


Eric WilkersonEric 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 JamesTyler James | CG Spectrum Mentor of Concept Art
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.

Hosted by:

Maxine SchnepfMaxine Schnepf | CG Spectrum Career Development Manager
Maxine ensures CG Spectrum students are prepared for life in the industry by offering an insider's perspective into the hiring process. She shares valuable resources to help students stand out in a sea of candidates when trying to land their first job. As a former VFX Producer at Technicolor and Resources Manager at Mr. X, Maxine knows what it takes to make it as an artist in the entertainment industry. She has been involved in every stage of the VFX production pipeline, and worked on major films including Blade Runner 2049, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, and three Star Wars films.


Preparing the next wave of industry-ready artists

Through industry mentorship and specialized career training, CG Spectrum offers a more personalized education experience to get you production ready.

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our goal is to help you build the job skills and confidence to pursue your dream career in film and games. As an online school with students and mentors in more than 60 countries, we offer greater flexibility and a customized curriculum so you can get more out of your education!


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