See an Art Director Work With a Freelance Illustrator

See in depth what the process is like when an art director provides feedback and direction to a freelance illustrator. Table of Contents Videos Art Director Ashley Browning joins Art Prof Clara Lieu to demonstrate the type of feedback, communication, and graphic design elements are important in advertising. Video Walkthrough Art Director Feedback, Round 1 […]

Fan Art Draw Along

See how you can design fan art that will stand out from the crowd. Techniques demonstrated will be how to merge text and images as well as how to achieve your own personal interpretation while also capturing the subject’s character and personality. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster. Video Walkthrough Prof Lieu’s Tips […]

Expressive Drawing TRACK: Lesson 4, Ghosts

Prompt Examples Tal, Lakshana, Dhritika, JenK Dictionary Definition Inspiration William Blake, Ghostbusters, Gustave Doré, Michael Mazur, Dadu Shin, John Doyle, Princess Mononoke, Yūrei in Japanese folklore Brainstorming Thumbnail Sketches Reference Photos tips Narrative drawing media & paper Elements of Art: Shape This video explains SHAPE, one of the Elements of Art. Shape can be a powerful […]

Children’s Book Illustration Portfolio Critique

This video is a critique of a children’s book illustration portfolio by Mary Ryazantseva, providing a detailed critique of the overall portfolio, followed by critiques for each individual artwork. Aspects of the entire portfolio and artworks are identified, and recommendations for concrete strategies for how to make progress are made. Critique led by Teaching Artist […]

Personal Narratives TRACK: Lesson 6, Levels of Pain

Prompt Tips Examples From Prof Lieu’s RISD Freshman Drawing class: Rachel Hahn, Alex Kiesling, Skye Ray, Nicole Xu “I focused on the back problems I’ve developed in the past year due to my job but also possibly related to an ATV accident I was in as a child. This is probably the piece that was […]

Personal Narratives TRACK: Lesson 5, Your Future Self

Prompt Tips Examples Pixie, Anna brainstorming & Sketching art media & format Inspiration Aleah Chapin, Tuck Everlasting, Mr. Nobody, Old Persons Home by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Portrait of My Grandmother by Archibald Motley Jr., Vampire II by Edvard Munch Draw a Skull Inside a Portrait Drawing a skull inside a portrait is a […]

Personal Narratives TRACK: Lesson 4, Family Drama

Prompt Tips Lighting reference photo tips Examples Illuminated Manuscript: Cain & Abel, Caravaggio, Shmuel Shapiro, Edvard Munch, The Sacrifice of Isaac, Filippo Brunelleschi & Lorenzo Ghiberti, Maggi Hambling, Victorian Illustration, Carl Schleicher brainstorming & Sketching art media & format Character Design: Facial Expressions Drawing a wide range of facial expressions is a great skill for character […]

Personal Narratives TRACK: Lesson 3, Remembered Place

Prompt Brainstorming Tips Lighting Reference Photo Tips brainstorming & Sketching art media & format Examples Carrie Mae Weems, Edward Hopper, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, Norman Rockwell Natural Light vs Artificial Light Lighting plays a huge role for artists and can dramatically effect the mood of an artwork. This video explains the differences between artificial […]

Personal Narratives TRACK: Lesson 2, 13 Year Old Memory

Prompt Examples Maya, Bowsers Time Period Environment Point of view Examples of point of view In this comic below, the point of view is what most people typically default to: a straight on view at eye level. All 3 panels are very similar looking which is less visually engaging. This example has a different point […]

Personal Narratives TRACK: Lesson 1, Routine

Prompt Create an artwork that portrays a routine that you either currently have, or had at some point in your life. Examples Vanessa Glynn, Maya, CJ Ormita, Joanne Han, Elizabeth Kripke, Kenneth Onulak, Alex Kiesling, Phoebe Morrison, Annelise Yee tips A Boston College Professor Has Taken a ‘Selfie’ Everyday for the Last 27 Years. Karl […]

Photoshop: Caterpillar Illustration

See how to create an original illustration from the initial brainstorming stages all the way to the completed digital painting in Photoshop. This video discusses basic techniques in Photoshop for drawing thumbnail sketches, blocking in colors, shading, creating a convincing sense of light and shadow, and details. Also included is a demonstration of how to […]

Portrait TRACK: Lesson 6, Obituary Portrait

prompt Examples Raven Kushner, JenK, Johanna Newspaper obituaries Objectives This prompt challenges you to create a portrait that is much more than a visual description of their physical appearance. People are more than just what their faces look like! Tips Inspiration Brad Holland, Gary Kelley, Anita Kunz, Ralph Steadman Reference Photos This prompt will require […]

Ballpoint Pen & Watercolor: Imagined Environment

This video shows how to draw an 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 Shown is a plein air drawing session on site using soft pastels, a trip to the grocery store to buy unusual looking produce, […]

Illustration Portfolio Critique

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe critique an illustration portfolio by Julie Kitzes. They provide a detailed critique of the overall portfolio, followed by critiques for each individual artwork. Prof Lieu and Alex highlight what aspects of the entire portfolio and artworks are working well, and recommend concrete strategies for how to […]

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 […]

Digital Illustration Portfolio Critique

This video critiques a digital illustration portfolio by Bryan Voell, providing an overview of the body of work, followed by critiques for each individual artwork. Topics explored in this video include achieving a broader range of textures in digital media, how to push the full potential of what a background can offer, artwork titles, and […]

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 Illustration Part 2

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, […]