During your time with us, you will be given a series of lectures, impromptu critiques, assignments we think will force you to stretch artistically, and training in professional practices. We can’t guarantee that we will set you up with paying work after your time with us, but we’ll try our best to make sure you know how to go about the business of being a professional illustrator and comics artist.
As one of our mentees, we will require you to be a self-starter, working on your own projects during this time. We will ask you to show us what you’re working on periodically and give you, to the best of our abilities, ideas for how to make your work even stronger.
To give you an idea of the type of work you might think of completing during your time with us, here is a short list of some projects that former mentees have completed in their time with us:
Who is eligible: While you are not required to have gone to an art school, we do require that you be at least 21 years old before applying for the mentorship.
You MUST have some examples of sequential storytelling in your portfolio. It can be storyboards, a full length comic (at least a few pages in order), a five panel comic, etc. It CAN’T be only character designs or illustrations, however.
We look at every single portfolio submitted to us. Make sure your portfolio showcases your best, most recent, completed work.
For more information, please visit our Mentorship FAQ page.
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