Fantasy Art Workshop’s Illustration Intensive is a five-day workshop for aspiring and professional illustrators who want to take their art to a whole new level in an encouraging and creative environment, all while getting intense instruction from an award-winning faculty with decades of experience in fantasy gaming, video games, editorial, conceptual art, children’s books, and more.

How it Works

We called this an “Illustration Intensive” for a reason. Over five days, you’ll be guided and inspired to create an amazing illustration for your portfolio in an intense but fun environment filled with camaraderie and creativity. Come prepared to be challenged. Illustration isn’t just about creating a piece of art; it’s about problem-solving to arrive at the best solution for the product, story, or advertisement that your illustration is accompanying.

You’ll be working in the medium of your choice. Digital artists are welcome. A month or so before the workshop, we’ll send a list of illustration assignments to attendees from which they will chose one. In the month leading up to the Illustration Intensive, attendees will work on the preliminary sketch or sketches for their assignment, which they will bring to the first day of the workshop. Attendees will get highly detailed critiques from the instructors about their sketch on that first day. Using that feedback, attendees will make revisions (it could take a few rounds), and then create their final drawing.

By day two, work begins on the final illustration. Over the next four days, attendees will get ample studio time to work on their illustration while receiving guided instruction and progress critiques from the instructors. Scheduled breaks will be taken for presentations, demos, and lectures on a variety of topics relevant to the field of illustration ranging from technique, building a portfolio, getting work in the industry, the business of being an illustrator, and much more.

Getting one-on-one instruction time with professional, working illustrators is an experience we know you’ll benefit from and enjoy immensely. For an entire work week, you’ll be surrounded by fellow artists from all walks of life, building lasting friendships and learning more about the world of illustration than you could hope to imagine. We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful adventure and life-changing experience.

The When and Where

Photo courtesy of Alverno College.

The Illustration Intensive will take place June 18 – 22, 2018, at the picturesque Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We at Fantasy Art Workshop feel that Alverno is the perfect location for this year’s workshop as this fabulous facility is just a 10-minute drive from Mitchell International Airport (MKE) and features spacious art facilities, catered meals, comfortable dorms, and easy proximity to amenities.

Guests of Honor

Jon Schindehette is a veteran of the creative industry with a client list that includes Disney, Fox Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Harley-Davidson, Microsoft, Kodak, Price Waterhouse, Atari, Activision, Nintendo, Pokémon, Sony Entertainment, CBS, Bioware, Bethesda SoftWorks, Crystal Dynamics, and many more. He currently is the Director of Product Design at ThinkGeek where he and his team create fun products for the entertainment and video game industries – as well as non-licensed products for the discerning geek. Jon is also the founder of ArtOrder – a publisher of books, tabletop games, and apparel that are inspired by creatives and their dreams to create their own products.

Jon will be giving a presentation entitled Creating an Effective Portfolio to Get Work followed by a Q&A session. He will also be available to do portfolio reviews for workshop attendees (A signup sheet will be available the first day of the workshop).

More guests will be announced soon.

The Faculty

Jeff Miracola

Director of Fantasy Art Workshop and host of its award winning Painting Techniques Videos, along with nearly a hundred art tutorial videos on YouTube and Muddy Colors, Jeff has been a professional illustrator for more than 23 years. He’s worked on brands such as Magic: the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Planescape, Earthdawn, Shadowrun, Vampire, Werewolf: the Apocalypse, Star Wars, Mars Attacks, and more. Jeff has been an Artist Guest of Honor at GenCon, the world’s largest gaming convention, and won numerous awards including a Silver Award in Spectrum: the Best in Fantastic Art.

In addition to his work in the fantasy industry, Jeff earned his stripes doing conceptual toy design, editorial illustrations, video game design, children’s books, and activity books for Scholastic.

Learn more about Jeff at www.jeffmiracola.com

Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller is an award-winning, world-renowned fantasy artist and illustrator whose richly painted illustrations have graced such brands as Magic: the Gathering, Star Wars, and Dungeons & Dragons. Companies that feature Aaron’s work include Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard, Fantasy Flight Games, Sony Online Entertainment, Mercury Retrograde Press, Catalyst Games, Posthuman Studios, and Alderac Entertainment Group, among others.

Aaron’s oil and digital work has earned numerous accolades and awards. His art was included multiple times in the fantasy art field’s prestigious publication, Spectrum: The Best in Fantastic Art. Aaron was MileHiCon’s 2013 Artist Guest of Honor and Best Color Award Winner. GenCon, the world’s biggest gaming convention, bestowed him with honors two years running: 2013 Best in Show and 2010 Juror’s Choice Award.

Learn more about Aaron at www.aaronbmiller.com

Steve Prescott

A native to Cleveland, Ohio’s eastside and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Steve Prescott has been a freelance artist in the gaming industry since the mid 90’s, working on products from such companies as White Wolf Games, FASA, Paizo, Blizzard, Copenhagen Creators, Hasbro, Animal Planet, Valve, and most notably for Wizards of the Coast where he has contributed heavily to both Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering.

Steve won “Best-in-Show” at the 2007 GenCon, published a book of drawings in 2009 called AGGREGATE, and then another called Steve Prescott’s Alphabet Book of Mythological Beings in 2016, has had work in multiple Spectrum: The Best in Fantastic Art annual publications, did all the illustration work for the app game SoulSpark, has done concept design work for D&D, Magic: the Gathering, Hasbro, Bethesda, Valve, and even worked on pre-production creature designs for the My Little Pony movie (yes, you read that right). Somehow in there, he finds time to hastily draw a cartoon to put in his daughter’s lunch every day.

Learn more about Steve at www.rottface.com

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a digital artist. Can I still attend?

Absolutely! The Illustration Intensive encourages all aspiring and professional illustrators to join us no matter what medium they choose to work in. Digitally created art is a HUGE part of the current illustration field. In fact, even those illustrators that work with traditional mediums need to have better than beginner knowledge of using digital tools.

Digital artists will need to bring their own laptops or other digital devices they use for producing their art, including all power cables and cables needed to connect the device to a projector if needed. Digital artists must also have those devices loaded with any software they will need.

Fantasy Art Workshop will be providing an inkjet printer and regular printer paper on site.

Will art supplies be provided?

No, you will need to bring your own art supplies. However, Fantasy Art Workshop will be supplying some community supplies to spare you the trouble of traveling with dangerous materials. Fantasy Art Workshop will provide solvents (Gamsol), mediums (linseed oil, walnut oil), and drying agents (Liquin) for oil painters, as well as the containers to house those materials. For acrylic and other water-based painters, we will provide a selection of mediums (slo-dri blending medium, matte medium). We will also provide Murphy Oil Soap for the cleaning and care of brushes for both oil and acrylic painters. White Acrylic gesso will also be available to anyone that needs to prepare a painting surface.

For additional art supply needs, there is a Michael’s art supply store conveniently located less than one mile from the Alverno College campus.

Digital artists will need to bring their own laptops or other digital devices they use for producing their art, including all power cables and cables needed to connect the device to a projector if needed. Digital artists must also have those devices loaded with any software they will need.

Fantasy Art Workshop will be providing an inkjet printer and regular printer paper on site.

Can I ship my art supplies to the workshop?

Yes, you can. Arrangements can be made for you to ship your supplies directly to Fantasy Art Workshop and we will have it available to you on the first day of the workshop. Your package must be clearly marked with your name and that it is for “Fantasy Art Workshop‘s Illustration Intensive”. All packages must be sent to us earlier than two weeks prior to the start of the workshop. Please contact Jeff or Silvia to make arrangements for your shipment.

How do I get from Mitchell International Airport (MKE) to Alverno College?

We’ll make every effort to pick up attendees from the airport and drive them directly to Alverno College. However, if that is not possible, attendees may call for a taxi upon landing. Expect the ride to be about 15 minutes under light traffic conditions and cost approximately $20.

What are the dorm rooms like?

Dorm rooms are single occupancy rooms. The residential hall that houses the dorm rooms does have air-conditioning. Each dorm room is spacious and features a mini-refrigerator, microwave, drawers, closet, desk, chair, and bed. Linens are provided.

There is a shared shower and bathroom facility for women and a shared shower and bathroom facility for men. The shower facilities feature single shower stalls for privacy.

I have special dietary needs. Can this be accomodated?

Alverno College’s food services can cater to many dietary needs. Both Silvia and I are vegetarians, so you can bet there will be vegetarian and vegan options to the menu, as well as plenty for all the meat eaters 🙂 If you have specific dietary needs, such as the need for gluten-free meals, please let us know and we will speak with our food services representative at Alverno.

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Tuition WITH on-Campus Housing

$1,650

Tuition includes:

  • Five days of instruction with the faculty members
  • All presentations, lectures, and demos
  • Access to other faculty/special guests throughout the event
  • On-site catered meals of breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • On-site, dormitory-style housing

Tuition is non-refundable. If you find after you’ve registered that you cannot attend, you may find a replacement at your own expense. Attendee is responsible for their own travel to and from workshop.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

You will be taken to our parent site, Three Points Publishing, to make payment.

Can’t make the full payment? No worries. Pay half now to reserve your spot and the other half by April 30, 2018. Use the button below.

Tuition WITHOUT on-Campus Housing

$1,450

Tuition includes:

  • Five days of instruction with the faculty members
  • All presentations, lectures, and demos
  • Access to other faculty/special guests throughout the event
  • On-site catered meals of breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Tuition is non-refundable. If you find after you’ve registered that you cannot attend, you may find a replacement at your own expense. Attendee must find their own housing accommodations. Attendee is responsible for their own travel to and from the workshop.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

You will be taken to our parent site, Three Points Publishing, to make payment.

Can’t make the full payment? No worries. Pay half now to reserve your spot and the other half by April 30, 2018. Use the button below.