*SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students during class time and add a session. No class is held during Thanksgiving, Illuxcon Week*, or between Christmas and New Years. All Classes meet live and are not recorded due to proprietary content and teaching will not happen via email, only during class time
*At the time of the spring enrollment, ILLUXCON was still planning to meet, but has since been cancelled-check in with your individual teacher when classes begin to fin out if they will teach through this week or be staying with the above week off.
Gaming Illustration and Character Design
The field of gaming illustration is continually expanding. If you want to be part of it there are specific things you need to know. In this class you will build strong portfolio pieces. You will gain knowledge about the gaming business as Winona walks you through the process of creating industry-specific artwork. Winona will work one-on-one with each student through specific assignments and weekly individual draw-overs and critiques. At the end of the semester Cynthia Sheppard, Creative Director at Wizards of the Coast, will review student work. After taking this class students will also receive a free profile on the Smarter Art Market, a destination for art directors and collectors.
About Winona Nelson
Winona is a celebrated voice in illustration. Her work is featured extensively in both video and table top games. She has created over 137 cards and tokens to date for the game Magic: the Gathering. Her other clients include: Warhammer, Fantasy Flight, Games Workshop, Flagship Studios, Planet Moon Studios, Kabam, Final Form Games, Naughty Dog, and Aftershock. Winona believes the key to a long-lived career in gaming is not only fulfilling a client's prompts, but by digging more deeply into your individuality to include your own voice. The goal is to go beyond delivering professional level illustrations, to create something your client and your audience cannot get from any other artist.