SVS is owned an operated by working illustrators. We know that only half of being a successful artist is creative ability, the other half is knowing the business you're in.
That's why we don't just offer classes on how to illustrate, we want you to know how to make money from your illustration, and how to build a successful career.
Below is our growing library of courses on the business of illustration. You'll find everything from how to work with an agent, to understanding contracts, to building a portfolio that gets work.
We will be adding to this as classes are developed so stay tuned for more!
Our 3 phase Business program should point you in the right direction. We start with the basics and gradually build in complexity and difficulty. We walk you step by step through everything and build your skill set in the right way. Click on any class to find out more!
How Did They Get Their Start?
Everyone's got to start somewhere! The founders of SVS talk all about their origin stories, and how they managed to turn their art skills into a living.
How to Perfect Your Children's Book Portfolio
What should you include in your children's book portfolio? Well, there are 100+ items you might want to consider. Pro illustrator Will Terry covers ALL the things.
How to get your First 10k Followers
If you want to make it as an artist, you need to grow your audience! Pro illustrator Jake Parker shows you how to harness the power of social media to build your following.
Branding for Creatives
As artists and writers we are selling ourselves as much as our art form. It's important to be aware that the brand we put out in the world can affect our business (for good or for bad).
Portfolio and Self Promotion with James Yang
Every freelancer needs a portfolio of their work at the ready. See how veteran illustrator James Yang preps his work for art directors. Plus you get to see his old school portfolio from back before the internet!
All About Contracts
They say the devil is in details! Find out what artists need to know about the fine print. With special guest Sara Payne, lead attorney at Tailored Legal Services.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Agents
Do you need an agent? Team SVS is joined by agent Ryan Sanchez in a lively roundtable discussion on what an agent can do for your art career.
The Business of Children's Books
Everything you ever wanted to know about the business of picture books. Pro illustrators Will Terry and Jake Parker get into the nitty gritty of contracts and the publishing world.
How to Make Money in Illustration 1
Why do so many artists fail? Because they don't have a business plan! Pro illustrator Lee White shows you how the business side of art really works.
How to Make Money in Illustration 2
Let's get down to business! In Part 2 of this video series, pro illustrator Lee White shows you how to set up your freelance illustration business and stay on top of your finances.
How to Make Money in Illustration 3
Wait, there's more! In Part 3 of this video series, pro illustrator Lee White shows you what to do once you land that freelance illustration job.
All of these courses can be purchased individually, or you can have access to all of them for a low monthly subscription.