Illustration Workshops

Workshops Overview

Led by award-winning RIT illustration faculty, we're offering two weeklong, online workshops this summer. High school students are welcome to enroll in one, or for a reduced rate, both of the illustration courses. The process work and drawing created during these workshops can all be part of your portfolio for college applications.

Character Design Development (July 20-24)

Character illustration is everywhere! At first glance, characters are found in gaming, animation and comics — and if we keep looking, we see characters in every corner of the illustration world. 

Artists who have a desire to design and illustrate characters solve the conceptual problems of their clients with imaginative characters, assets and landscapes. Assistant Professor Chad Grohman created this five-day workshop based on his experience of creating characters in editorial and advertising platforms. Grohman’s characters have been used in magazines, professional sports, restaurants, music posters and logos. Visit to see the full range of his work.

Course Instructor

A headshot of Chad Grohman.Chad Grohman, Assistant Professor in RIT's School of Art, is a renowned freelance illustrator with a diverse portfolio that includes illustration and design for apparel graphics, logo development, poster design for concerts and other entertainment events, creation of social media ads and much more. His robust client list consists of the most well-known brands and publications such as Adidas, the Chicago Tribune, ESPN The Magazine, The Fillmore music hall, Fisher-Price, the NFL and Reebok. His honors include awards in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition and Buffalo Society of Artists Catalogue Exhibition. Grohman graduated with a BFA in illustration from RIT in 1994 and an MFA from the University of Hartford in 2010. He has taught at RIT, on both an adjunct and full-time basis, for more than 10 years.  

Foundations of Narrative Illustration (July 27-31)

Learn the most important elements of the process to create a successful narrative illustration, starting with thumbnail sketches, refined sketches, color comps and finally the execution of a finished illustration.

In this workshop, you will explore the connections between character development, environment design and most importantly, storytelling. Presentations, demonstrations and group critiques will all be part of the coursework. Visit to see a full range of work by the course's instructor, Allen Douglas.

Requirements: high-speed internet connection; digital and traditional media are welcome; basic knowledge of digital painting techniques; and a device to create your work on, or access to a scanner/camera to capture your traditional drawings/paintings.

Course Instructor

A headshot of Allen Douglas.Allen Douglas, Lecturer in RIT's School of Art, has created paintings for many notable book publishing, editorial and gaming clients, including Penguin Putnam, Tor, Berkley, Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Harcourt, Little Brown, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Disney Hyperion, Bookspan, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Upper Deck, Weekly Reader, the Village Voice and Realms of Fantasy. Additionally, his paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including Gallery Nucleus, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles and the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. His artwork has been recognized in many prominent juried illustration competitions, including Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, Art Renewal Center, Infected By Art, Ballistic Publishing and Step-By-Step Graphics. Douglas has taught at RIT since 2003. 

Registration and Cost


Enrollment in one workshop is $350; the total cost is $600 if enrolling in both courses.