Become an Editorial Illustrator


Learn how to break into the diverse world of editorial illustration.

This on-demand program will give you life-time access to all of the workshop content, so you can participate on your own schedule.


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Have you ever wanted to become an editorial illustrator? Do you dream of seeing your illustrations published in magazines, newspapers, online media circuits? Does it seem like an out of reach, overly nuanced career?

Editorial Illustration is a huge market full of opportunity. Illustrators of every level have the potential to build a rewarding and sustainable career in editorial illustration.

An editorial illustrator typically creates illustrations for magazines and newspapers, which are printed on a weekly or monthly basis. This translates to consistent and varied work for professional illustrators.

From tiny spot illustrations to fully engaged covers and spreads, editorial illustrators create compelling, quick comprehensible visuals that reach the collective subconscious mind — providing a map to quick comprehension of the text. This is exciting work for an artist!

While there are tried and true patterns of becoming a successful editorial illustrator there is not just one guaranteed step-by-step guide to success. This workshop offers behind the scenes live discussions with three successful editorial illustrators. Their story and career trajectories demonstrate the success patterns that sustain their careers today.

This workshop will cover book, advertising, story and media journalism and, magazine editorial illustration.

Join Veronica Grech, Beth Walrond and Doug Chayka for an in-depth discovery of how to develop your style, voice and freelance career in editorial illustration.

What this workshop covers:

–  How to harness your unique editorial illustration style
–  How to build your portfolio
–  How to develop a style so you stand out
–  Build your client list quickly
–  How to attract the right clients and grow your brand
–  How custom illustration for magazine works
–  Building your niche market

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About the instructors:

Verónica Grech is a freelance professional illustrator living and working in the northwest coast of Spain. She is graduated in Fine Arts and Design at San Carlos University in Valencia. She enjoys creating strange and fun characters, poetic portraits and colourful urban scenes and landscapes. Her artwork is inspired by all types of mid-century illustration and the nostalgia of white and black old photography. She loves ancient and archaic art and she is fascinated by the era of the archeology and the first explorers. As a point of departure she rarely starts working at the computer but her final art is digital. She always like doing sketches with traditional media for the projects and explore the beauty of work with colored pens and watercolors.

Doug Chayka is a freelance illustrator currently based in Berlin, Germany. His clients include The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and many others. He began freelancing in the late ’90’s and landed his first editorial assignments at the Kansas City Star while also working on picture book projects. He taught illustration full-time at Ringling College of Design (2009-10) and Savannah College of Art and Design (2010-12), and on an adjunct basis at Pratt Institute, City College of New York, Rochester Institute of Technology, and The Illustration Academy. Many different people and places have helped shape his point of view as an artist. It’s a process that is ongoing and grows with every new client and each unique challenge.  

Beth Walrond is a Freelance Illustrator, working full-time on illustrations for magazines, publishers and advertising. Originally from the UK, Beth is now based in Berlin, Germany.

The Schedule:

The live workshop will take place September 14th-16th. Each hour-long session will start at 2pm CST. Don’t worry if you can’t join live. You will get lifetime access to all of the content.

Session One: Developing Your Unique Style, with Veronica Grech

Editorial Illustrators who take the time to develop and know what makes their style unique are way ahead of the game. Learn how Veronica Grech built her unique style and secured the agent who helped her sell her illustration successfully to select clients.

This session will explore:

– Getting started in developing and identifying your editorial illustration style
– Gaining perspective on the agent/editorial illustration relationship
– The advantages of having a unique style in the marketplace

Session Two: Building Your Freelance Editorial Illustration Business with Beth Walrond

Getting started in editorial illustration can be a daunting activity. Beth Walrond built her freelance business successfully from scratch quickly. You will get an inside look at how she accomplished it. You will learn how to get started, build up a strong client list, and how to build your portfolio strategically.

This session will explore:

– Finding clients for your editorial illustration business
– Strategerizing your outreach to get the clients you want
– Building a top-notch strategic portfolio from scratch

Session Three: Create Your Niche with Doug Chayka

Do you have a mission to express? Do you find yourself attracted to a specific niche, particular magazines and media channels? You will learn what it means to create a niche with Doug Chayka. He is a political illustrator. The clients that hire him are specifically looking for his conceptual voice to express the text.

This session will explore:

– Identifying your niche
– Pitching to specific editorials
– Portfolio perspectives and strategies



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This three-day live online workshop will give you access to:

3 Recorded Sessions

Our recorded workshop sessions allow you to work through this entire program on your own schedule, and our private Facebook group will give you a chance to connect with the other participants.

3 Daily Lessons

Each session includes a daily lesson packed with resources to help you put everything you learn into action.

Comprehensive workbook

All of the content is packaged into a downloadable comprehensive workbook that will give you lifetime access to the recorded workshop content.

How does it work?

How does it work? You will get a downloadble PDF that will give you access to all of workshop content. This on-demand workshop includes access to three recorded sessions with our instructor Each session includes an hour-long video, downloadble worksheets and other free resources. You will also get access to an exclusive facebook group which will connect you with 200+ artists who are building the same type of business as you are.

What if I don’t like the workshop?

We want everyone to leave 100% happy. Let us know if you are not totally satisfied with the workshop, and we will give you a complete refund.

Who’s this workshop for?

This workshop is for creatives who want to build a business around their passion.

Who created this workshop?

This course was created by the Instructors above in partnership with Modern Thrive.

What if I’m just starting out?

This workshop was designed for creatives at all levels. This workshop will help you find the path to building a business around your passion. (regardless of where you are in the journey)

Got another question?

Email us:  modernthrive@gmail.com