From my posts, it probably sounds as if we were just given five assignments and that’s it– bam!— you now know how to draw. But this is NOT (entirely) an illustration course, and it’s not as simple as it looks and sounds. Contrary to the course title, it is not just about the physical act of making and drawing. The course goes into a lot of detail about WHAT makes commercial art sellable, what manufacturers look for in buying artwork to put on their products, what steps you can take to not just make great art but HOW to get that art on the market, and how to spot emerging trends so you can act accordingly and ride the trend wave (leading to sales for your work). Personally, I’d say this course is 90% about the business side of art, and 10% making art according to what you learned about the business side of it.
So, given all that, is it worth it then?
For me, a resounding YES.
The two-part course costs £798, or £399 each part. That’s approx. $600 USD, or Php 26,600 for just one part of the course. I signed up for the course (Part B only) earlier this year and if I remember right, I got an early bird discount so I got a few thousand Pesos off the price. It’s still pretty expensive (I gave up a trip outside the country and spent my travel funds on this course instead), but if you’re DEAD SERIOUS about illustration as a career and you know you can make a profit off your work, I think you’ll agree with me when I say that the course price is merely a drop in the bucket in the long run, especially when you consider the value this course brings.
Here is my personal list of things I liked the most about the class and why they’re important: