Illustration Workshops

Led by award-winning RIT faculty Allen Douglas, we're offering an online workshop, Foundations of Narrative Illustration, for high school students this summer! The work created during this intensive, weeklong course can be part of your portfolio for college applications.

Workshop Overview

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. The workshop will run daily over Zoom from 1-4 p.m. (EST) July 26-30.

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.

Student output from 2020 workshop

A strip of sketches and a final illustration of a person and a mummy.
Dasha Korsh
A strip of sketches and a final illustration of mermaids on a rock in the water.
Melissa Rosen

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 Audible, Berkley, Bookspan, Disney, Hyperion, Harcourt, HarperCollins, Hasbro, Little Brown, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Penguin Putnam, Random House, Realms of Fantasy, Scholastic, Tor, Upper Deck, the Village VoiceWeekly Reader and Wizards of the Coast. 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. 

Cost and Registration


Enrollment in the workshop is $350. Space to participate is on a first come, first served basis.