Start Date: Thursday Jan. 24, 2019
10 Week class
Enrollment limited to 16 people.


Illustration 1: Turbocharging your creativity


Everything you wanted to know about how to come up with good concepts in your illustrations!


This entry level course will walk you step by step through the process of coming up with good ideas for your images. Every image is built on the foundation of an idea. But clever, visually captivating ideas can be difficult to generate, especially on demand and on a deadline.


This course is designed to identify and cultivate the use of techniques specifically for idea generation. Starting with the fundamentals, students will build on each ideation technique in a clear and understandable way, eventually allowing you to mix and match techniques in a way that suits your artistic inclinations.

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Get past that first idea to the really good ones!
  • Techniques to come up with more creative content
  • What key words are and why they are vital
  • The importance of getting a solid process for making images
  • How to lay the design foundation of a successful image
  • Make thoughtful and engaging images that have meaning
  • Work on your own to develop portfolio quality images
  • This class will prepare you to go into more advanced illustration and painting classes


Format:
This Class will consist of 10 weekly classes. All class content will be online and you can watch it at your convienience (you can take this class no matter what time zone you are in!). You will then do your assignment and upload it to Lee and David. They will provide weekly video critiques of your work. In addition, there will be an active discussion area where you can ask questions at any time.


In each class David and Lee will present an idea or topic and go over how to do it. This will consist of video lectures, demos, pdf handouts, etc.


Included with the class:

  • Access to all class materials during your enrollment
  • Discussion area to ask questions during the week
  • Downloadable homework and resource files
    Written assignments
  • Individual video critiques weekly



Requirements:

  • Basic level of drawing ability
  • Good internet connection
  • Drawing/painting supplies (digital and traditional are both ok)


Class Schedule:
Class will go from Thurs Jan. 24th -March 28. Each week content will be released at noon for you to watch at your own convienience. Classes are pre-recoreded so you DO NOT have to be able to watch them on tuesdays specifically.


Details:

  • Cost is $500 for non svslearn members and $450 for subscribers.
  • Enrollment is limited to 16 students.
  • There will be weekly homework assignments (plan for this!)
  • We will do 4 assignments in total over the course of 9 weeks
  • We will be using a new class "shell" that will contain all the downloadable info/details (you will be sent a link once you are enrolled in the class)





Refund Policy:

  • cancellation up to 14 days before class starts: full refund
  • cancellation 1 - 13 days before class starts: 75% refund
  • cancellation during the first week of class: 50% refund
  • cancellation during the second week of class and after: 0%


Please Note: When you enroll, we are reserving your seat, and others are not able to sign up. Because it can be challenging to fill seats when there are last minute cancellations, we only offer partial refunds once we are within 13 days of the class start date. However, if you are able to sell your seat to another student, we are happy to give a full refund 😀

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction Video

    • Introduce Yourself! : )

  • 2

    Week 1: Ideation: Bunny's Sledgehammer

    • LECTURE: Good Beginnings

    • DEMO: Marker and Pen Thumbnails

    • DEMO: Watercolor and Brush Pen Thumbnails

    • DEMO: Mechanical Pencil Thumbnails

    • DEMO: Digital Thumbnails

    • Demo JPEGS

    • HOMEWORK PDF: Effective Thumbnails

    • HOMEWORK VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

    • Resources

    • NOTES FOR TURNING HOMEWORK IN

    • WEEK 1 QUESTIONS/COMMNETS

    • WEEK 1 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 3

    *WEEK 1 HOMEWORK CRITIQUES*

    • Intro to Homework Critique Videos

    • Homework video crits being recorded now

    • Crit 1

    • Crit 2

    • Crit 3

  • 4

    Week 2: Designing Images: Value, Silhouette & Emotional Intent

    • Week 2: Plan

    • Week 2 Lecture: Keywords and greyscale studies

    • Demo: Movie Stills- Digital Lasso Tool

    • Demo: Movie Stills- marker on white paper

    • Demo: Movie Stills- grey paper

    • Demo: Movie Stills - Pencil on white

    • Week 2 Homework Assignment video

    • Homework: Proj 2: Designing Images

    • HOMEWORK REFERENCE DOWNLOADS

    • WEEK 2 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

    • WEEK 2 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 5

    *WEEK 2 HOMEWORK CRITIQUES*

    • week 2 homework intro

    • Crit group 1

    • Crit group 2

  • 6

    Week 3: Ideation: Keywords pearl diving

    • Week 3: Mindmapping lecture

    • Week 3:Composition lecture

    • Notes about the Comp Process Video...

    • Demo: Comp Process

    • Week 3 Homework Assignment Video

    • Homework: Proj 3: Celebrity Portrait

    • WEEK 3 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

    • WEEK 3 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 7

    *WEEK 3 CRITS*

    • WEEK 3 CRIT INTRO

    • Crit group 1 list

    • *WEEK 3 CRIT 1*

    • *WEEK 3 CRIT 2*

  • 8

    Week 4: Celebrity portrait crits

    • Week 4- Contracts

    • Week 4- Reference photos

    • Finished Tonal Sketch Example

    • WEEK 4 QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

    • WEEK 4 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 9

    *WEEK 4 CRITS*

    • Celebrity portrait crit intro

    • Crit 1 List

    • Week 4 crit 1

    • Crit 2 List

    • Week 4 crit 2

  • 10

    Week 5: Ideation: Picking the moment

    • Week 5 Lecture- Picking the moment

    • Proj. 4 Homework Instruction Video

    • Homework: Proj 4: Fairytale

    • WEEK 5 QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

    • WEEK 5 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 11

    *WEEK 5 HOMEWORK CRITIQUES*

    • Week 5 Homework Crit Intro

    • Group 1 Critique Video

    • Group 2 Crit Video

  • 12

    Week 6: Crit of picking the moment sketches

    • Lecture: Developing your "Style"

    • Homework: Finished toned sketch

    • Dream Portfolio Assignment

    • WEEK 6 COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

    • WEEK 6 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 13

    *WEEK 6 CRITS*

    • Week 6 Crit Intro

    • Week7 Crit 1

    • Week 7 Crit 2

    • Missed Crit: Jesse Bergstrom

  • 14

    Week 7: Visual Metaphor

    • Week7- Lecture- Visual Metaphor

    • Metaphore Lecture Examples

    • Metaphor Homework Instructions

    • Homework: Proj 5: Metaphorial Article

    • Homework Article 1 PDF: How rabbit genes could turn ordinary houseplants into pollution-eating machines

    • Homework Article 2 PDF: Americans are struggling with their credit card debts, and 2 million accounts fell seriously behind in 2018 | Markets Insider

    • Homework Article 3: Trump's Wall

    • WEEK 7 COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

    • WEEK 7 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 15

    •WEEK 7 CRITS•

    • WEEK 7 CRIT 1

    • Week 7 CRIT 2

  • 16

    Week 8: Visual Metaphor Crits/Color theory

    • Color Comps

    • Symbolism vs. Metaphor

    • WEEK 8 COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

    • WEEK 8 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 17

    •WEEK 8 CRITS•

    • Week 8 crit intro

    • Week 8 Crit 1

    • Week 8 crit 2

  • 18

    Week 9: Visual Metaphor Final Art

    • Lee & David Job Process examples

    • WEEK 9 COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

    • WEEK 9 HOMEWORK TURN IN

  • 19

    WEEK 10 FINAL CRIT! : )

    • Group 1 Crit

    • Group 2 Crit

    • Kaylee Johnson Crit

About the Instructors

Fearless leaders

Lee White David Hohn

Lee White has been working professionally for over 20 years. He has illustrated over 25 books for clients including Disney, Random House, Scholastic, Candlewick, Arthur Levine, and many others. In addition to illustration, Lee taught full time at the college level for over 10 years before becoming a co-owner of SVS. David Hohn has been working full time as a freelance illustrator for the last 15 years. Working primarily in the juvenile and children's markets he has illustrated more than 40 children's picture books, middle grade and YA projects, along with countless theater poster, magazine and licensing projects. Clients include Scholastic, Viking, Random House, Bloomsbury, Electronic Arts, Nike, Fisher Price, Disney and more. His work has been recognized by SCBWI, 3x3, Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators New York, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles. His days are spent in his studio imagining what it would be like to be someone else, doing something else – and then he paints it.

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