The actionable step-by-step blueprint to nailing down a stunning personal, and unique illustration style
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THE ULTIMATE 8-WEEK PROGRAM
(Saving you from the frustration and confusion that comes from endlessly jumping between different styles and trends.)
You’re a creative with no shortage of ambition, who understands the importance and benefits that come along with having a unique and identifiable Illustration style. You know what you like, and what you don’t when it comes to illustration, but find yourself lost in the sea of styles, trends, and techniques, unable to find and settle on your own signature style.
A self-taught illustrator who wants to stake your claim in the illustration world by becoming more memorable and recognized through your work.
A seasoned professional that has filled your portfolio and feed with client work, and struggles to find the time to dedicate to developing your own unique style.
A budding illustrator who wants to gain visibility, and credibility, however, you feel like you wouldn’t even know where to begin when it comes to figuring out your personal style.
You’re in the right place and I’m going to tell you exactly how Illustration Style Academy™ will give you the exact formula, process, and inspiration on your journey to finding your unique personal illustration style.
A fully fleshed-out Character Illustration Style ready to implement and deploy.
An understanding of the unique aspects that make you, you, and the understanding of how to represent these visually.
Greater exposure to a range of stylistic techniques and elements, helping you understand what makes sense for your own style.
Through the exercises in the modules, Natasha helped me name and claim my style, which had just been waiting to be polished off. This course proves that you can bust the myth that finding your style takes years and years of practice.
Natasha helped me create a solid character design foundation that I could truly be proud of because I also felt secure in knowing that I had the freedom and power to change the color palette, details, etc. as my style inevitably evolved in the future. There was always room to play and space for growth.
Even as a trained graphic designer, I struggled to figure out a consistent illustration style with a central character in mind. I resisted the idea of going back to school to learn illustration and wanted to become "self-taught".
With Natasha's help, I was able to take away a unique and repeatable process that I can apply to my drawings and came up with a foundational character that was true to my core values. She was my second pair of eyes in sharing profound feedback and giving language to the qualities I didn't notice before. I recommend her to anyone who wants to explore taking a deeper step into learning illustration!
I have been struggling to find my own style and making my way through the whole process of simply beginning. I have been going back and forth trying to figure it out, and find inspiration, for a long time. I loved all of the examples Natasha gave in her materials! She broke down the whole process and shared her own process right after providing all the knowledge.
It was great to hear from an artist, that those small struggles I have been facing are a normal part of the process. Natasha provided me with so much knowledge and inspiration.
I encourage everyone who is struggling with finding their style, and navigating through all of the possibilities out there, to take this class. It is an amazing tool and Natasha is by your side through the whole process!
Prior to the course, I never really thought to study my own tastes and aesthetics by finding the patterns and common themes. I found the process extremely helpful and insightful when it came to building my own illustration style. It made me more comfortable in being myself and more confident in incorporating my influences in my work. I also appreciate the examples provided especially on the different illustration styles that developed throughout art history. I found it helpful to compare and learn from existing styles... The process encouraged me to put aside my biases, study what elements are unique to each style, and take inspiration from there.
In Module One we set you up with all that is needed to ensure that you get the very most out of your Illustration Style Academy journey.
We will dive into the three big mindset shifts that stop most illustrators from finding and developing their unique illustration styles.
We also go through the format and structure of the entire course so that you know exactly what to expect. You will be introduced to the tools and materials you need during the course, as well as receive your invitation to connect with your peers and Illustration Style Academy peers within the private Facebook Group.
You will also learn about a contest that all Illustration Style Academy Students are able to participate in for their opportunity to be awarded back the entire cost of Illustration Style Academy!
In module 2, we are going to be looking at crafting and clarifying a powerful mission statement. This step is often overlooked when it comes to finding and developing a personal illustration style, however, it is a vital foundational element that each illustrator should have defined for themselves.
A clear mission underpins an illustration style and helps us understand why we are creating, and for what purpose.
In this module we will explore your “Why”, “Who”, “What”, and “Where” in order to develop a concise statement that we can move forward with as we dive deeper into developing our illustration styles.
Module 3 is all about getting to the core of who you are in order to help us start to define elements that we can weave into our illustration style to help create something that is truly unique to us.
We will go through a process that involves uncovering your defining characteristics, then we will start to match visuals to these characteristics, unpack the recurring themes, and then finally create a “Style Manifesto”.
Your Style Manifesto is another foundational element of your illustration style. It helps you decide which visual elements could start to define your style.
In module 4 we explore a range of different art and illustration styles throughout history. We do a deep dive to explore the recurring visual features of each style to understand our own tastes and preferences.
In this module, we will learn how to properly and ethically draw inspiration from other artists, without falling into the trap of copying.
You will get the chance to reflect on all the artists and illustrators that inspire and excite you, in order to help further build out your Style Manifesto.
In module 5, we finally put pen to paper to begin to define our character’s body proportions. We take everything that we’ve learned within Illustration Style Academy to this point in order to begin to breathe some life and personality into our character.
We will explore different approaches to character design, as well as how to develop a character persona, which will directly feed into design decisions when it comes to our body sketches.
In this module, we kick off a series of exercises that build upon one another as we work our way through the rest of the course.
In Module 6, we dive into exploring and developing our character’s facial features. Similar to the previous module, we will go through everything we’ve learned about ourselves and our style in order to decide on which facial features will work best for our character.
We also dive into facial expressions, exploring how characters convey and communicate emotion.
In this part of the course, we explore some additional character details, including how to approach Hair, Hands, and Feet.
I provide detailed examples of how to best approach these elements of your character, in order to help further develop and elevate your character.
In the 8th and final module of Illustration Style Academy, we go through the process of creating your character prototype. This is a fully developed and completed version of your character that you can use to kick-off and build your newfound personal illustration style.
We start off this module by exploring some additional visual features of our characters such as color palettes, shading & detail, as well as fill and stroke.
We then dive into selecting the medium and software that are most appropriate for us and our styles.
We then decide on the scene and environmental elements of our illustrations. And to wrap it up we dive into the process of building out our character prototype.
SO, WHAT'S INCLUDED?
8 Modules showing you EVERYTHING you need to do to find and develop a unique and personal character illustration style, to help you and your work stand out from the crowd.
Access to the members-only Illustration Style Academy Facebook group in which you can connect with me for help and guidance, as well as tap into and connect with a community of illustrators who are also on the same journey as you!
Practical exercises that will help you uncover your unique aesthetic, and guide you in translating it into your Illustration style.
In-depth lessons that dive into distinct illustration styles throughout history, that encourage critique and reflection to help inform your own style.
Workshop-style lessons that dig into the various elements and components of a character, such as body proportions, hands, and facial features, enabling you to decide what is right for your own character style.
Guidance in the various techniques, visual elements, and mediums that will help you further develop and build out your personal style.
I am beyond confident that Illustration Style Academy is worth your investment, but If by any chance you aren’t blown away by this course, I am offering a 30-day risk-free money-back guarantee. All you need to do is prove that you’ve made the effort, worked through the exercises, and you will be refunded your investment.
You are perfectly positioned to dive into this course! You have a blank slate to work with, and nailing your personal style first is going to help give you more clarity as you improve your skills.
Uncovering your aesthetics and taste are core to who you are as a person, and the sooner you do the work to uncover yours, the better!
In Illustration Style Academy we stay clear of any specific software/ mediums until the 8th module. We do this, because we first want to develop a style that is true to us and who we are first, and then figure out the best software to achieve it.
In the 8th module, we will talk about selecting mediums, and from there you will be asked to create your "Character Prototype" in your selected medium/ software.
If you already use a certain software, feel free to stick to it, but if you haven't committed to one yet, I recommend waiting until module 8 to make a final decision.
Not at all, paper and pencil will work just fine (in-fact, that's all I used up until a year ago).
In module 5 we will do some sketching, so whether you decide to use pencil on paper, an iPad, or any other tablet, it all works!
Yes, this course is right for you! You're lucky, you have a blank slate to work with, and nailing your personal style first is going to help give you more clarity as you improve your skills.
In module 8 we decide which software is best for us, then actually start to create our first proper illustration, and so in this section, there may be a steeper learning curve if you're just starting out.
But I believe you can totally do it! i'll be here to support you, and guide you. You'll be so glad you made the decision to unpack your style at the beginning of your illustration journey, rather than waiting till later.
Access to the Illustration Style Academy Course as well as the private Facebook community will be available to you for 1 year after your purchase date.
The Reason for this is that I full heartedly believe that people need time limits to see results. In theory with Illustration Style Academy, you could find and develop your personal illustration style in as little as 8 weeks, however I am providing each student with a full year of access so that everyone can work at their own pace, without feeling rushed.
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Getting clear on my personal illustration style has been an absolute game-changer for me.
I’ve experienced firsthand what it feels like to be bouncing around different styles, getting a little too “inspired” by other illustrators, and not knowing how to create something unique to me. It wasn’t until I really went about doing some deep personal reflection to understand what was at the core of who I was, that I was able to build a body of work that I feel is truly unique to me.
And I want to share exactly how I got there with you, so you can do the same too!
Wherever you are in your illustration journey, you owe it to yourself to at least take a risk-free plunge to see what you begin to uncover about yourself.
Imagine how it would feel to be recognized and celebrated for a very specific style, that only you have, I believe you can get there, and I can’t wait to show you how!