Breaking In: Illustration Through Portfolio Development

Breaking In: Illustration Through Portfolio Development


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Breaking In: Illustration Through Portfolio Development



  • Students
  • Recent grads
  • Individuals changing or starting careers


  • A safe little community to talk about art, animation, illustration, costume design, and how to make your portfolio stand out
  • A place to ask questions and give and receive feedback on your work


  • Job seeking
  • Resume building
  • Drawing class


Are you looking to work as an artist professionally but have no idea where to start? Maybe there are a number of areas you want to use your skills in, and you’re not sure how to balance it all. Do you dream of creating designs for new classic films or beloved TV series? Are you looking forward to seeing your name in the credits one day? Then this circle is for you.

In this circle, you will learn the essentials of what it takes to get started in this part of the industry. By the end of the term, you will:

  • Understand the Career Pipeline–how these jobs fit into the production process, the various positions in these fields, and the path one might take from first gig to full-time artist
  • Know how to set yourself up to apply for and land jobs by creating strong resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, portfolios, etc. You’ll also have a clear picture of how recruiting works and the job application process
  • Learn how to show up professionally so that recruiters and bosses take notice of you
  • Develop tools for managing the stresses and anxieties that come along with making the leap into the industry

Qualification Criteria

Student (final year)
Aspiring Professional (0 yrs of experience)
Entry Level (1-2 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Weekly 
Day / Time:  Saturday 12 PM
Timezone: PST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Please submit the following: 

  • A link to your portfolio
  • Short statement about what you would like to achieve from this circle

Circle Leader

Josseline Tanus

I am an Illustrator based in the Bay Area with experience in Character and Costume design. I am an Art History lover and also in love with books and animation. I am also a teacher and enjoy sharing my experience with others. I am also an advocate of the arts for the community.


Current Title: Illustrator and Costume Designer

Studio / Employer:  Self-employed


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