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Fantasy Illustration

Skill Level: Advanced  |  Instructor: Clint & Diana Cearley  |  Duration: 8 lessons (avg. 1 hour each)  

Registration Period for Feedback Option: June 3 - June 28, 2024   |  Feedback Course Sessions: July 7 - Sep. 1

Learn how to create art for fantasy games!

If you aspire to create engaging art for fantasy games and publishing such as Magic: The Gathering, D&D, and Pathfinder, then this class was made for you!


You'll join industry experts Clint and Diana Cearley as they take you through the full process of creating an illustration to fulfill one of the provided image outlines


From rough sketches and reference gathering, to composition and value studies, we'll touch on it all. Focus will be on given to learning efficient and reliable workflows that you can use for future projects as well as learning how to tackle the complex subjects of composition and lighting with confidence. You'll be pushed and encouraged to achieve the best piece possible for your portfolio! 


This class will give you a taste of what it's like to work on a fantasy commission, with the safety net of guidance from instructors who do it for a living.

  • This is an ADVANCED class and is not suitable for beginners. It is aimed for those who are preparing or upgrading a portfolio for professional work.


This class is available for self-study (no instructor feedback) and with instructor feedback. Both versions use the same recorded lessons and class files. Instructors will be demonstrating in Adobe Photoshop, and all class files are in Photoshop compatible formats. Upon registering and creating a profile, lesson videos will be watchable on the site under My Courses after logging in.


Instructor feedback on your homework may be available at a premium rate during the seasonal classes. Spaces will be limited for feedback.


Student work created in this class:


Skills & Difficulty


Time: Based on student feedback, this class requires a minimum of 15hrs to accomplish each lesson's assignments to a satisfactory level.


Subjects: The homework props are subject to change from term to term in order to keep things fresh and interesting. You may not practice the exact same items you see in the student gallery.


Setup: Students will need HD video streaming speed internet, Adobe Photoshop (or similar digital painting program), and a drawing pad and stylus (like Wacom or Gaomon). A microphone and webcam are also recommended if students plan on joining the Zoom lessons live for the feedback version.

What Students Are Saying

"This class was by far the best online illustration course I've ever taken. I've taken courses at CGMA and mentorships from other artists and I've never gotten so much out of a class as I have with Clint and Diana. I highly recommend taking any of their classes."


Both course options use the same recorded online lessons

COURSE (Self-Study)

Sign-up Period: Always Available

Instructor Feedback: No

Payment: $195

COURSE (with Feedback)

Sign-up Period: June 3 - 28, 2024

Instructor Feedback: Yes

Number of Students: 15 max

Payment: $695

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