Creating Custom Brushes in Photoshop
Ever wonder how some artists manage to get such realistic textures in their digital work? Pro illustrator Lee White demonstrates how to create all sorts to custom brushes in Photoshop to get that natural, painterly look.
Drawing with Digital Pencils
Why digital pencils? No disrespect to Dixon Ticonderoga, but digital pencils are the tops when it comes to versatility and control. Pro illustrator Will Terry reveals his tricks for making digital pencils and mimicking the real thing.
Photoshop Demo with Jim Madsen
Want to see how the pros work, up close and personal? Check out this video, my preciousss. Follow along as pro illustrator Jim Madsen breaks down his method for painting amazing images in Photoshop.
Art Critiques: Illustrating Children's Books
As they say, criticism only makes you stronger! Follow along as pro illustrators Will Terry and Lee White critique work submitted by aspiring kidlit artists.
Art Critiques: Fall 2015
Why would anyone willingly sign up for their work to be critiqued? They know it's one of the best ways to get BETTER. Watch as pro illustrators Will Terry and Lee White critique personal work submitted by budding artists.
How To Ink
Yes, digital pens are convenient and versatile and all, but sometimes you just want to lay down some old school ink on some plain ol' paper. In this video, pro illustrator Jake Parker demonstrates how to take your ink skills to the next level.
Visual Storytelling Techniques
Learn how to put the story in your visual storytelling. Pro illustrator Lee White shares techniques for coming up with good concepts that actually tell a story.
Spending too much time in front of that screen? Go paint outside! Pro illustrator Marco Bucci shows you how to pack a mobile studio and paint on location (plein air if you're fancy!).
Drawing a Portrait
If you want to get better at drawing, practicing portraits is a good place to start. Pro illustrator Dave Malan demonstrates how to draw a portrait in pencil from start to finish.
Ipad Pro Painting with Procreate
So, you went ahead and bought that iPad Pro. Now what? Pro illustrator Will Terry demonstrates how to use popular app Procreate to make amazing digital illustrations.
Art Critiques: Digital Painting with Marco Bucci
Once you've watched Digital Painting 1 and 2, check out the live critiques to see how the principles are applied in real life. Watch as pro illustrator Marco Bucci critiques digital paintings submitted by SVS students.
Painting the Head
How on earth do you paint like that?? Find out how master painter Britt Snyder manipulates oils to create his amazing painting style.
Visualizing Drawing in Perspective
Have you already watched Mastering Perspective? Great, then you are in the right spot. In this course, pro illustrator Will Terry demos how to visualize perspective in your mind's eye, ('cause sometimes there's no reference for what you're drawing!).
Design and Color: Hair
Ok everybody, let's get into all the hairy details. In this video, pro illustrator Ty Carter analyzes the importance of hair and shares techniques for making it shine. Part 1 is all about short hair.
Drawing horses is scary! Put your fears to rest by mastering the art of drawing animals. In this video, pro illustrator Jake Parker deconstructs principles of designing animals of all kinds.
Art Critiques: Spring 2016
A little constructive criticism can go a long way to making an image better. Tune in while pro illustrators Lee White and Will Terry critique work submitted by SVS students.
Digital Painting 1
One way to improve your craft is to watch how the pros do it. In Part 1 of this class, pro illustrator Marco Bucci throws all caution to the wind and demonstrates how to improvise when painting digitally.
Want to break into editorial illustration? Learn all about the industry and how to prep your work for assignments from the grand poobah of editorial illustration himself, James Yang.
Luminous Lighting in Mixed Media
Let it glow, let it glow, can't hold it back anymore! In this traditional painting class, pro illustrator Lee White demos how to build up lighting in a painting and give it that luminous glow.
Digital Painting 2
Welcome to Part 2 of trying to improve your craft by watching how the pros do it. In this class, pro illustrator Marco Bucci explores the process of visual development from concept to finished digital painting.
Digital Painting with Denis Zilber
Settle in and get comfy, you've got 9 hours of digital painting instruction ahead of you! Find out how pro illustrator Denis Zilber makes his amazing digital masterpieces.
Lighting for Storytelling
Lighting is super important in any storytelling project. It can convey everything from mood to environment to time of day. Follow along as visual development artist Zac Retz reveals how he approaches lighting.
How to Make Money in Illustration 2
Let's get down to business! In Part 2 of this video series, pro illustrator Lee White shows you how to set up your freelance illustration business and stay on top of your finances.
Before you can get fancy, you need to master the basics. In this video, pro illustrator Dave Malan takes you back to the drawing board so you can strengthen your core skills.
Learn how to stylize portraits like illustrator Mel Milton, who is internet famous for the morning sketches he calls "dooks." He starts with reference photos and embellishes from there. Keep on keepin' on!
How to Make Money in Illustration 3
Wait, there's more! In Part 3 of this video series, pro illustrator Lee White shows you what to do once you land that freelance illustration job.
Portfolio and Self Promotion with James Yang
Every freelancer needs a portfolio of their work at the ready. See how veteran illustrator James Yang preps his work for art directors. Plus you get to see his old school portfolio from back before the internet!
Secretly scared of Photoshop? Well, no more excuses! This video is designed for those who have never even opened Photoshop before. Pro illustrator Will Terry guides you through all the basics of digital painting.
Stylizing Human Characters
How do you go from a reference photo to a stylized character ready for their debut? Learn how to design appealing and engaging characters with pro illustrator Jake Parker.
Loosening Up in Watercolor
How do you keep paintings from turning stiff like a cadaver when you go in for the final finish? Pro illustrator Lee White shows you how to keep your paintings lively.
Painting Fur and Hair
If you want to know how to paint the most amazing, luxurious locks, then you need this video. Pro illustrator Therese Larsson shares her techniques for digitally painting fur and hair.
Writing Picture Books
Learn how to write picture books from the lady who wrote the book on writing picture books! Author Ann Whitford Paul shows you how to bring your book to life.
Art Critiques: Fall 2016
Tune in for another round of art critiques! This time with special guest Jaime Zollars, whose work has graced everything from picture books to wall paper. See how to analyze an image and make it BETTER.
Breathing Life into your Character Designs
How do you go from words on paper to a living, breathing character? Find out from some of the top pros in the business! Will Terry, Jake Parker, Brandon Jeffords and Shane Lewis go in-depth on how to design engaging characters.
One skill every picture book artist needs is the ability to draw the same character from different angles in different poses, over and over again. Pro illustrator Jake Parker shows you the tricks to keeping your characters consistent.
Illustrating Children's Books Part 1
Everything you ever wanted to know about how to illustrate picture books. Seriously. Part 1 is all about creating the artwork. Pro illustrators Will Terry and Jake Parker cover everything from making a book dummy to keeping visual continuity.
How to Make Money in Illustration 1
Why do so many artists fail? Because they don't have a business plan! Pro illustrator Lee White shows you how the business side of art really works.
Illustrating Children's Books Part 2
Everything you ever wanted to know about how to illustrate picture books. Seriously. Part 2 is all about the business. Pro illustrators Will Terry and Jake Parker get into the nitty gritty of contracts and the publishing world.
Light and Shadow
Ever feel like your images are a little off somehow? Well, light and shadow are often the culprit. Pro illustrator Jake Parker shows you the fundamentals of applying shadow and light in your work.