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Fantasy Illustration

Learn how to create art for fantasy card and board games!

Skill Level: Advanced

Duration: 8 lessons

Launches: May, 2024

Lessons: Recorded lessons for self-study
Price: $195

Instructors: Clint & Diana Cearley


Those who want to...


  • Build skills to create art for fantasy card and board games

  • Learn professional workflow that will give reliable results

  • Learn strategies for engaging composition and lighting setups


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


You'll join industry experts and MTG illustrators Clint and Diana Cearley for eight lessons as they take you through the process of creating an illustration to fulfill a provided mock commission. You'll be pushed and encouraged to achieve the best piece possible for your portfolio! Each lesson you'll progress farther with instruction and demonstrations to advance your skills.


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


Even if life messes with your schedule every live lesson is recorded for study at your own pace.


Please note that this class is not suitable for beginners. It is aimed for those who are preparing a portfolio to get professional work and those who are getting small gigs but want to level up their art.


Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best and take your art to the next level! 



This class uses recorded lessons for self-study without feedback. You will be supplied the needed homework files for each lesson, and its corresponding video. Lessons will be watchable here on the site (no downloading necessary except the assignment files) at your own pace. Instructors will be demonstrating in Adobe Photoshop, and all class files are in either JPG, PSD, or PDF formats.
Instructor feedback on your homework may be available at a premium rate during the seasonal classes. Spaces will be limited for feedback.

"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." -Student Feedback

Will become available late May, 2024


Skills & Difficulty


Student work created in this class:


Subject: For the class image, students will work from a provided brief in order to mimic the conditions of an industry commission.


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 for students joining the seasonal premium class with live feedback.


"Clint and Diana's feedback is very objective and professional, yet very kind and friendly that not only makes you push yourself and your skills beyond what you think you could do, but also makes you feel good and encouraged to work while receiving feedback. I can see a noticeable leap in my skills before and after their class, and I'm more than grateful for that.-Student feedback for this class

"I learnt more in this 8 week class than in a year of concept art school, at a sixth of the price.-Student feedback for this class

"The fantasy class was really useful to learn a reliable process and to push ourselves on a big illustration. Clint's and Diana's feedback was always extremely useful and to the point, and having their advice on the industry and other professional aspects was invaluable. I learned a lot and can definitely recommend it!-Student feedback for this class

Will become available April 25th, 2024

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