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Illustration Portfolio Development

Illustration is a great way to use your artistic skills to become a part of everything from movies to theater to branded content and more! In this circle, we’ll look at the art form, help you improve your skills, and show you some next steps you can take in your career.

Discussion topics to include:

  • Portfolio development and reviews
  • Illustration techniques and ideation
  • Character design and visualization of personality
  • Costume design for characters and theater

Mentee Criteria

Experience Level:
Student (last year of study)
0-1 Year
3-5 Years
1-3 Years
5+ Years

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Weekly

Dates:  Tuesday afternoon PST or Wednesday noon PST or Thursday noon PST

Meeting Times:  Afternoons TBD (PST)

Circle Leader

Josseline Tanus

I am an illustrator, character designer and costume designer based in the Bay Area. I assisted Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I have a great interest and passion for art history and culture, which is reflected in my work.

I decided to become an artist as an attempt to share my ideas, thoughts and passions. Today I am confident to say that I have been able to create my own visual language which I use to create meaning. Throughout the development of my portfolio, my passions and inspirations have always found a way to express themselves from details in the clothes that allude to the roaring twenties to the simplified facial shapes of the midcentury movement. My portfolio showcases mainly traditional mediums since I have long love relationship with the craftsmanship of the use of traditional art materials. I am fascinated by the intimacy of the brush and unforgiving mark of the paint that forces my creativity to be intentional in every line and shape. I also enjoy the versatility of working digitally and the freedom it provides. My artwork is meant to bring visual pleasure and sense of narrative that lingers in the colors, characters and style of each piece.


Title/Expertise:  Illustrator, character designer and costume designer


Company:  Self employed


Location:  Alameda, CA


LinkedIn / Website:
josstanusart.com/