Ballpoint Pen & Watercolor: Imagined Environment

This video shows how to draw environment from imagination using ballpoint pen and watercolor techniques. Diverse experiences gathering reference images and objects serve as the inspiration for creating this imaginary environment: a plein air drawing session on site using soft pastels, a trip to the grocery store to buy unusual looking produce like, and finding […]

Pen & Ink Wash Illustration

Teaching Artist Alex Rowe shows how to brainstorm, research, sketch, and complete an illustration based on a historical event from the colonial era in America. Alex talks about how to come up with an idea for an illustration. He takes a trip to the library to research a story about sheep in colonial America. Another […]

Multi-Color Linoleum Printmaking

This video shows multi-color linoleum block printing techniques from beginning to end, in order to create an editorial illustration. The process begins by brainstorming ideas from an article in the New York Times, and then transitions into drawing a mind map and into drawing thumbnail sketches. Techniques for carving into the linoleum are done, showing […]

Intro to Gouache Painting

This video comprehensively covers the fundamentals of painting with gouache by showing the process of painting a book cover illustration based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. The process begins by shooting reference photos at a graveyard in Concord, MA, moving on to thumbnail sketches, painting color studies, and then exploring techniques […]

Illustration Curriculum

The complete Illustration Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. Illustration Part 1 What is Illustration Political Cartoons Children’s Books Adult Books Editorial Illustration Comics Text + Image Wordless Books Formats & Measurements Skills Brainstorming Background & Composition Human Figure Animals Art Prof Clara […]

Illustration Curriculum 2

This video outlines part 2 of an illustration curriculum for self-taught artists. Topics covered include art media that is conducive to the turnover rate for illustration jobs, prompts you can assign yourself to practice your illustration skills, how the contemporary illustration industry works, as well as books, blogs, websites, and Instagram accounts that are great […]

Illustration Curriculum 1

This video provides a comprehensive illustration curriculum for self-taught artists. In part 1, topics explained include the various areas of the illustration industry: children’s books, editorial, comics, political cartoons, adult books, and more. Illustration prompts you can give yourself are covered as are illustration websites and conferences. Essential skills illustrators need such as linear perspective, […]