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

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


  • 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.


  • 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 😀

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.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Start here! Introduction Video : )

    • Syllabus

    • Website instructions

  2. 2
    • Week 3 plan

    • Week 3- Mindmapping lecture

    • Week 3- Compostion lecture

    • Comp Process

    • Homework: Proj 3: Celebrity Portrait

    • Week 3 Homework- Celebrity Portrait

    • Crit List 1: Lee group

    • Crit List 1 Video: Lee

    • Crit List 1 (additions): Lee

    • Crit list 1 (additions) Video: Lee

    • Crit Video 2: David

    • Crit List 2: David

  3. 3
    • Week 4: Plan

    • Week 4- Contracts

    • Week 4- Reference photos

    • Finished Tonal Sketch Example

    • Celebrity Portrait Rough Sketch Crits

  4. 4
    • Week 5 Lecture- Picking the moment

    • Week 5 homework- Picking the moment

    • Homework: Proj 4: Podcast

    • Portrait Finished Sketch:Crit List: David

    • Portrait Finished Sketch: Crit Video1:David

    • Portrait Finished Sketch:Crit List: Lee

    • Portrait Finished Sketch: Crit Video 2: Lee

  5. 5
    • Week 6 Plan

    • Lecture: Developing your "Style"

    • Homework: Finished toned sketch

    • Podcast Roughs: Crit List: David

    • Podcast Roughs: Crit Video: David

    • Podcast Roughs: Crit list_Lee

    • Podcast Roughs: Crit Video_Lee

    • Brad crit

    • Dream Portfolio Assignment

  6. 6
    • Week 7 Plan

    • Week7- Lecture- Visual Metaphor

    • Metaphore Lecture Examples

    • Week 7- Project 5- Visual Metaphor

    • Homework: Proj 5: Metaphorical Fairytale

    • Podcast Finished Sketch: Crit Video: David

    • Podcast Finished Sketch: Crit List: David

    • Lee crit list

    • Podcast Finished Sketch: Crit Video_Lee

  7. 7
    • Week 8 plan

    • Color Comps

    • Visual Metaphor Crit List

    • Visual Metaphor Rough Sketch Crit Video

  8. 8
    • week 9 plan

    • Lee & David Job Process examples

    • Fairy Tale Color Study Crit List

    • Fairy Tale Color Study Crit Video

    • Dulcie Crit video

  9. 9
    • Week 10 plan

    • Wrap up

    • Final Crit Video list

    • Final Crit Video!


5 star rating

Great class for getting from inception to finish

Jesse Bergstrom

This class provided a great set of tools and process to really work an idea from inception through to finish. The focus on teaching and working each step ...

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This class provided a great set of tools and process to really work an idea from inception through to finish. The focus on teaching and working each step in order and thoroughly understanding it before moving on to the next step was an exceptional approach. I now truly appreciate the work that goes into a piece before you even start your finish work. This is going to improve my whole method and process for creating images and I am positive my output will be of a much higher quality due to it. I will be able to create images both faster and with a higher quality.

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