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    Yes! still adding a lot of new things for svs! In fact, advanced perspective just wrapped up this week! should be out soon!

    We will not be taking any courses away!

    SVS is going to be targeted at getting a VERY solid foundation. With the ability to branch off into other specific "majors". Obviously children's book is our flag ship so that is being developed first. SVS will be expanded to have a "workshop" component where studets get feedback from instructors. That is starting VERY soon with an emphasis on the curriculum classes.

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  • RE: No critique arena in May?

    Hi all! Critique Arena is this Thursday, May 13 at 2pm MST 😁 Post coming soon! New prompt also coming soon!

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  • RE: No critique arena in May?

    @Kevin-Longueil I don't have an answer for this. Since they launched the Critique Arena website, I have no more connection with the contest or the slideshows. I guess they are running it all through there. 🤷🏻♂

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    @kylebeaudette I think it will be! This is the class I wish I had 20 years ago. There is a lot of stuff we cover that has never been taught before. Jake's massive page on how the book publishing industry works has to be seen to be believed. My "8 steps to stylizing environments" is content I've never shared before. A lot of the class is that way. We spent a year figuring out the content for what we have included.

    We also try to include many "check lists" that you can use when making a book that really speeds things along.

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    Hey guys, many of you are asking about our new program and we have some info for ya!

    The price of the video version of the class will be $497. It will consist of between 20-30 hours of instruction and will have quite a few homework assignments, etc. for you to do. When you complete the class, you should have a full portfolio you can use. We wanted to keep our class cheaper than a traditional college class at a top art school which can range from $2000 to $5000 depending on which school you go to. But our instruction is better than those classes. I feel confident in saying that because you are getting all three of us showing you how to do it vs. just 1 teacher (who may or may not even be a working illustrator).

    The class will "drip" content weekly. If you staying on track with that schedule, it will take you 10 weeks to do it. I think it will take you longer though to actually finish the work since you are going to be creating a full picture book dummy in addition to a bunch of other stuff. You will own the content so you can take as long as you like. It is not a subscription.

    There will be a guided version of the class in the very near future. We aren't totally sure on that price as we are still signing on teachers, etc. One thing to note here, you can sign up for the videos first, and then add the instruction later once that is offered (in other words, you don't have to decide on one or the other).

    We will be limiting enrollment on this first round due to the fact that we will be doing a live weekly zoom session with the class. This won't be a critique session per se, but we will be fielding questions and trying to help you out. To be a part of this first rollout, you need to be signed up on the website:

    Let me know if you have any other questions at all. This should be releasing SOON! We are very proud of it and hope you will join us in this journey! : )


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  • RE: Questions About Children's Book Pro

    it will come around again. We are limiting it this first time due to some extras we are throwing in. Mainly a live weekly zoom session with jake, will, and I. : )

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  • RE: New "Children's Book Pro System" Video Series Launching... SIGN UP NOW!

    Hey guys, I thought I'd chime in here and answer some of your questions.

    Price: This class has been a massive undertaking and we are still building it all. It is a LOT of content and we have a full team on it. So the price has not been advertised yet because we want to make sure its all locked down. We are comparing this class in quality to the absolute best instruction available at the college level and we will be cheaper than any college class out there.

    SVS includsion: this is a stand alone system and has it's own site and price. We wanted to do it this way because otherwise we would have had to raise the price on the svs membership (which we did NOT want to do).

    Free Videos: If you sign up on you will receive 6 videos. These contain some pretty good content that is just a very small sample of what we do in the class. It also puts you in line for the initial class offering which will be limited to an "early bird" group. If you miss this window, you will still be able to take the class down the road, but some things are just for this group. For example, We are doing a live zoom session weekly for Q&A. This is not a full crit session, but it's a way to ask questions where we can hopefully help you out.

    Schedule: The classes will "drip" content weekly. You can choose to follow along with that schedule or go at your own pace. You own the classes forever once you purchase it.

    Let me know if you have any more questions at all. I'd be happy to answer as best I can. : )


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  • RE: APRIL CONTEST: Design A Fairy-Tale Inn

    @Isabel-Reyes-Feeney Yep, what @Kevintreaccar said! The next Critique Arena will be May 13 at 2pm mountain time, we'll be announcing on social media soon😁

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  • RE: Charlie Brown, Spongebob, Bart Simpson and Mickey Mouse

    @Janette great job. If I could wear shorts all year long I would. But living in Chicago does not allow that to happen LOL. It just feels free to have shorts on.

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  • RE: New "Children's Book Pro System" Video Series Launching... SIGN UP NOW!

    @LauraA they won't all be released at once. They will come out over the next 2 weeks or so I think. Let me check on it though. and get back to ya. : )

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