Illustrator & Concept Artist Learning Path

Illustration and concept design can be thought of as two sides of the same coin;  Both strive to tell a story and bring us somewhere new, beyond our everyday experiences.  Illustration strives to tell a story in a single image, while concept design works to create the visual look of that story’s setting and characters.  These career paths demand a more varied skill set than most other artistic professions, and the following learning path will help provide you with the varied skill bases needed to become a working illustrator or concept artist.

Drawing Fundamentals Phase 1

Drawing Fundamentals Phase 2

Head Drawing Phase 1

Figure Drawing Phase 1

Head Drawing Phase 2

Figure Drawing Phase 2

Head Drawing Phase 3

Figure Drawing Phase 3

Gouache Phase 1

Gouache Phase 2

Head Drawing Phase 4

Figure Drawing Phase 4

Anatomy Intensives: Arms & Legs

Gouache Phase 3

Portrait Painting Phase 1

Figure Painting Phase 1

Portrait Painting Phase 2

Figure Painting Phase 2

Portrait Painting Phase 3

Perspective Essentials

Still Life Phase 1

Landscape Phase 1

Still Life Phase 2

Landscape Phase 2

Essentials of Tech

Composition and Staging 


Fundamentals of Character Design

Still Life Phase 3

Landscape Phase 3

Painting Mood and Atmosphere in Gouache

Dragon Design

Illustration – Painted Comic Cover

A Note to Students:

While these learning paths have been charted to best help students in their chosen disciplines, they are by no means the only path to learning.  Students are free to view their lessons and courses in any order they so wish.  These learning paths also include many of the upcomming courses that will be available to students in the near future.  When students who are following the learning paths come upon these lessons, we encourage you to press forward to the next available (currently released) lesson in your learning path, and return to the skipped lesson once it is released.