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What makes a Children's Book a Bestseller
It's something everyone in the publishing industry wants to know - why do some books sell and some books don't?
Characters and Conversations
In this video, Will Terry chats with Piper as she creates one of her daily paintings for your viewing pleasure. They discuss her art process, getting into the art biz, schooling options for artists and more in this packed 2-hour episode.
How To Discover Your Style
Powerful tips to help you discover. your style
Creating Great Book Cover Illustrations
Branding for Creatives
As artists and writers we are selling ourselves as much as our art form. It's important to be aware that the brand we put out in the world can affect our business (for good or for bad).
How to Draw Everything
The rebooted version! Featuring more instruction, more exercises and more Skull Chaser! This is a comprehensive course on the elements, principles, techniques, and tools of drawing.
How to get Freelance Work
How can artists find freelance work? Pro illustrator Will Terry goes over strategies for landing that gig, including how to build your contact list.
Brushpen with Peter Han
Prepare to go deep into the world of brush pens! Follow along as ink master Peter Han gets into the mechanics of brush pens and demos how they perform. Part One of three.
Choosing Colors for Storytelling
Learn how to make those colors pop! Pro illustrator Will Terry demos his strategies for picking colors, color schemes and light temperature in your paintings.
Battling Creative Block
Pro illustrators Jake Parker, Will Terry and Lee White talk about all the things that can keep you from creating that masterpiece. Find out how to battle creative block!
Sculpting for Character Consistency
Here's a little trick for keeping your characters consistent throughout a big storytelling project - try drawing from a maquette! Sculptor Dan Mortensen shows you how to make a maquette for reference.
My Favorite Monster Demo
How do pro illustrators approach an assignment? Join Jake Parker as he creates this fun monster image for a group art show at a kids museum.
Illustration 1: Turbocharging Your Creativity
Fundamental class showing you how to build solid ideas and images. Class begins on Jan. 16, 2018. Limited to 16 students.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Agents
Do you need an agent? Team SVS is joined by agent Ryan Sanchez in a lively roundtable discussion on what an agent can do for your art career.
How Did They Get Their Start?
Everyone's got to start somewhere! The founders of SVS talk all about their origin stories, and how they managed to turn their art skills into a living.
Finding Work/Life Balance
How can artists find that magical balance between work and life? Special guest Sarah Jane talks about her strategies for raising a lovely family while building a successful illustration career.
Smooth Blends in Acrylics - dry brush technique
Acrylic paints are notorious for drying super fast, and many struggle to get the kind of smooth transitions that are so easy with oils. BUT there are techniques you can use to get around this. Pro illustrator Will Terry shows you how.
How to Design Action Figures
Ever wonder how all those little action figure toys are made? Well they all start with drawings! Follow along as toy designer Nate Baertsch designs a female orc action figure.
How to Perfect Your Children's Book Portfolio
What should you include in your children's book portfolio? Well, there are 100+ items you might want to consider. Pro illustrator Will Terry covers ALL the things.
How to get your First 10k Followers
If you want to make it as an artist, you need to grow your audience! Pro illustrator Jake Parker shows you how to harness the power of social media to build your following.
Draw 50 Things
One of the hardest things for artists to do is draw a jam-packed scene. Pro illustrator Will Terry breaks down his strategy for drawing lots of STUFF.
Making Graphic Novels
Hey all you graphic novel fans, this one's for you! Follow along as Nathan Hale, the man behind Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, demos how to make a graphic novel.
Drawing Robots and Machinery
To draw believable machines, you must first learn the anatomy of machines, young grasshopper. Illustration pro Jake Parker teaches the principles of designing machinery that actually looks functional.
Drawing Heroes and Sidekicks
Learn how to draw awesome good guys! Pro illustrator Jake Parker will rescue you from weak character design and show you how your characters can save the day. To infinity and beyond!
Drawing Villains and Monsters
Learn how to draw awesome bad guys! Pro illustrator Jake Parker shares his techniques for designing evil characters of all kinds. Plus learn how to draw them in evil poses, wearing evil clothes! Mwahahahahahaha!
Painting Color and Light
If you already know the basics of color and light, the next step is to master these skills, young padawans. Pro illustrators Will Terry, Jake Parker and special guest Ty Carter reveal their techniques for infusing their work with color and light.
Thinking about drawing comics? In this tutorial, Jake Parker, the artist behind the popular Missile Mouse comic books, gives an overview of the industry and shows you how to make a comic book from start to finish. Ka-pow!
Mixed Media-Watercolor and Digital
Ever wish your digital paintings looked a little more, er, traditional? In this video, pro illustrator Will Terry demonstrates how to give your digital work that organic feel with digital textures made from actual watercolors!
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.
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.
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!).