Free Course – Art and Illustration Careers: First Steps

It’stime for another great free video from! Actually, this time it’s a whole free course: Kirstin Ellison’s Art and Illustration Careers: First Steps. That’s right, the whole course is free for everyone. Below are four videos from the first chapter.

Here’s the official course description:

If you’ve spent hours filling notebooks with sketches, and find joy in the creation of beautiful images, then you’ve probably wondered if you could turn your passion for art into a full-time job. In this course, learn the skills and tools you’ll need to pursue a career in art and illustration, and the jobs that you can get with them.

Kristin Ellison—the content manager of art and illustration at LinkedIn Learning—kicks off the course by walking through the core elements of the creative process: drawing, composition, and color. Next, she highlights the specific skills and software you’ll need to successfully launch a career in 2D illustration, 3D illustration, and fine art. To wrap up, Kristin covers the business of art and illustration, sharing how to promote, present, and get paid for your work. Throughout the course, Kristin mentions additional courses you can reference to get an in-depth look at specific tools and skills.

Topics include:

  • Learning about the core elements of the creative process
  • Understanding the power of composition
  • Understanding color
  • Pursuing careers in 2D illustration, 3D illustration, and fine art
  • Promoting and presenting your work
  • Getting paid for your work

Check it out!

The creative process

It all begins with drawing


Understanding color

Posted on: June 16, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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