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.
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.
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.
Posing Characters - Children's Book Edition
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.
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.
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.
Creative Environment Design
Every awesome character needs an awesome world to live in! Pro illustrator Jake Parker shows you how to design appealing and believable environments of all kinds.
Working with Color
Color can make or break an image. Learn how to transform your work with color and light. Pro illustrators Will Terry and Jake Parker explain the fundamentals of color theory.
Painting in Photoshop
Learn Photoshop painting secrets from not just one pro illustrator, but 5! Mind blown! See how Zac Retz, Brooke Boynton Hughes, Kevin Keele, Will Terry and Jake Parker create their signature style.
Ugh, perspective. We know it's hard to get excited about it, but mastering this skill is absolutely essential to becoming a Jedi Master in illustration. Illustration pro Jake Parker will help you use the force to apply perspective in your work.
10 Step Digital Painting
Go from sketch to finished digital painting in 10 easy steps! Pro illustrator Will Terry shows you step-by-step how to build this awesome dragon image in Photoshop.
Good composition is essential to making good images. Pro illustrators Will Terry and Jake Parker go over all the components of good design.
All About Contracts
They say the devil is in details! Find out what artists need to know about the fine print. With special guest Sara Payne, lead attorney at Tailored Legal Services.