See who has entered the arena... the CRITIQUE ARENA

Knowing what art to create and staying motivated when you are trying to go pro can be challenging. Critique arena provides a monthly prompt with a deadline and a chance for professional feedback to help you build your portfolio, so you can move closer to getting your first professional gig.

Critique Arena is a monthly art contest put on by Challengers submit art pieces based on a monthly prompt. The Top16 are chosen by our judges to enter the Arena. In the arena each piece is given a critique, then the audience gets to vote who will move to the next round. Each arena has two winners who are then offered a paid illustration gig from

The Critique Arena event is held live the second Thursday of the month and voting is exclusive to SVSLearn subscribers. Active subscribers will receive emails about when the Critique Arena live event takes place. 

Not able to make it? You can watch previous recordings here!

For a chance to win, go to for details on how to submit. Be sure to post your entry by the last day of the month!

Hope to see you in the arena!

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About the Instructors

Illustrator Extraodinare

Lee White

Lee White is a children's book illustrator based in Colorado. He has been illustrating books for the past 20 years and has over 30 titles to his name. His latest book, This Pretty Planet, was released in November 2020. He also teaches all his painting secrets at and workshops around the country.


Will Terry

Will Terry has been a freelance illustrator for 26 years. He got his start working for magazines and newspapers in the Washington D.C. area. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, WSJ and ads for Sprint, Pizza Hut, Fed Ex, and Master Card. He has illustrated about 30 children’s books for a number of publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Penguin. When he's not mountain biking, hiking, or snowboarding he works out of the office in Provo Utah. 


Jake Parker

For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Arizona.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • May 2019: Mermay

    • June 2019: Godzilla's Next Challenger

    • July 2019: When Summer Vacation Goes Wrong

    • August 2019: Superstition

    • September 2019: “Everyone was shocked to see her show up to school with ___.”

    • October 2019: The experiment worked! Penny was so relieved to have her dog back from the dead. PART 1

    • October 2019: The experiment worked! Penny was so relieved to have her dog back from the dead. PART 2

    • November 2019: Slowvember Part 1

    • November 2019: Slowvember Part 2

    • December 2019: " she listened closely, she overheard them talking about her..."

  2. 2
    • January 2020: The tracks in the snow were unlike anything Will had ever seen before.

    • February 2020: Nightfall

    • March 2020: Everything was rattling, falling apart and breaking!!!

    • April 2020: Lisa's robot invention worked great, until it did this...

    • May 2020: Isolation Part 1 (Sweet 16)

    • May 2020: Isolation Part 2 (Lightening Round)

    • June 2020: Illustrate a short story about Monkey and Croc

    • July 2020: Wizard of Oz book cover

    • August 2020: Dragonfly

    • September 2020: Ink Fairy

    • October 2020: Everyone was having a great time at the Halloween feast until...

    • November 2020: Together

    • November 2020: All Stars

    • December 2020: Design A Yeti

  3. 3
    • January 2021: Design A Yeti Home

    • February 2021: Yeti Chef Spot Illustration

    • March 2021: Design a Fairy Tale Traveler

    • April 2021: Design A Fairy Tale Inn

    • May 2021: Fairy Tale Situation

    • June 2021: Meet Albert!

    • July 2021: Design Albert's House

    • September 2021: Design A Character For Inktober

    • October 2021: Sprout

    • November 2021: Star

    • December 2021: All Stars

  4. 4
    • January 2022: Tiger

    • February 2022: Riley Made Something

    • March 2022: Special Critique Session

    • April 2022:Design the coolest treehouse in the world!

    • May 2022: Storm!

    • July 2022: Rabbit Road Race

    • August 2022: Design A Superhero

    • September 2022: Cloud

    • October 2022: Glow


5 star rating

Critique Arena

Dorna Diven

Really enjoyable and an effective way to learn illustration techniques.

Really enjoyable and an effective way to learn illustration techniques.

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