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Are you looking for a push to get to the next stage in your illustration career?

Maybe you're just starting out, or a professional illustrator that's ready to add new projects and clients to your portfolio.

Either way, this class is for you.

This is the ultimate guide to creating work that Art Directors want.

Getting Paid to draw is a fun and challenging, six-week, masterclass in building a portfolio that attracts illustration clients.

It's the same process that Mike Lowery has used to get hundreds of projects with clients for the past 20 years.

Taught by an Illustrator with more than 20 years of experience.

Mike Lowery is a New York Times Best Selling Illustrator and author who has worked on more than 80 books for kids and adults. He's illustrated projects as diverse as food trucks, temporary tattoos, calendars, activity books, greeting cards, and even ad campaigns. He's led workshops with AIGA, SCBWI and other organizations and taught portfolio development at the Savannah College of Art and Design for many years.

He’s also a top teacher on skillshare with more than 30,000 students!

Art Directors are Looking for Your Art.

This isn't a random list of project ideas that may or may not be for you. It's a full course of videos, projects, and live sessions that will help you to identify new illustration markets for your work, target a DREAM CLIENT, and learn how to generate an entire portfolio of art with those clients in mind.

LIVE Sessions With Industry-Leading Book Editors, Authors, Illustrators, and Art Directors. 

Just take a look at these awesome past guests!

Austin Kleon

Best-selling Author of
"Steal Like an Artist"

Liza Baker

VP, Publisher and Editor.

Kyle Webster

Illustrator, Author and 
Adobe Design Evangelist

Adela Ponz

Illustrator and Art Director, 
Peachtree Publishing

Tad Carpenter

Illustrator, Designer and Co-Founder,
Carpenter Collective

Daniel Nayeri 

Best-Selling Author of
"Everything Sad is Untrue (A True Story)"

Jeremy Wortsman 

founder and illustration agent 
Jacky Winter Group

Tom Booth 

Illustrator and Author 


Ready to Jumpstart Your Illustration Career?

Registration begins in 2023. Sign up now to be sure to get your spot!

You don’t have to try to figure it out on your own.

In art school we learned how to draw, paint, and create work. But, in all those years I only had ONE class that talked about actually making a living with art! When I graduated I wasn’t prepared at all to send work out to Art Directors, publishers, Ad agencies and other potential clients. My portfolio was all over the place.

It took years to figure out how to make a portfolio that would attract clients. 

This class makes it easy to build a portfolio from scratch, attract illustration clients, and get you started in a career in Illustration.

Join the 30,000+ students that have taken Mike's classes.

"Mike is one of the reasons that I'm working as a children's book illustrator."

Hannah Li
former student, now full-time freelance illustrator

Adela Pons

former student, now
Art Director at Peachtree Publishers

"His class helped me land my first book deal and a full time job as an art director."

Josh Thompson

former student, now
children's clothing designer at Carter's

"I would highly recommend taking Mike's class to anyone who is truly serious about challenging themselves, and wants to pursue a career in the art field."

Thomas Burns

former student, illustrator and Prof of Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design

"Mike has a deep knowledge of the illustration industry from surface design, children's books, children's editorial, young adult books and specialty markets such as greeting cards and packaging."

Who is this class for?

Artists starting their journey.

You like to draw or paint and are ready to take your work to the next level.

Established Illustrators.

You're stuck and ready to add new work and clients to your portfolio.

Anyone who is ready to try something different.

If you've wanted to figure out how to turn your art into a career, this is for you.

Work from anywhere in the world.


"Mike's class helped me create a concise, focused illustration portfolio that helped me land clients like Reebok, Eventbrite, and Mountain Dew.

I was able to leave my day job.

I've been able to work all over the world from the Amazon rainforest to the beaches in Thailand. I just pack up my drawing stuff and an iPad and go."

Caleb Morris,
former student, now full-time illustrator 


Enrollment begins Feb 28th at 10:00 am EST.

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Get Lifetime Access to The Community Center.

The Getting Paid to Draw Community Center is a members-only hub to post your work, get feedback from other students, and get inspired. Access to the Community Center is included with tuition.

You’re going to love this course.

But, if for any reason you need one, you have two weeks from the start date to request a full refund. No problem!

Ready to go to the next level with your career?

Sign up to hear when the doors are open for this course!

The quick version.

- This is a six-week course that will help you build a portfolio!
- Taught by an industry pro!
- That portfolio will help you get illustration clients!
- You can watch the videos whenever you want!
- You'll also have access to interviews and other fun stuff.

Sign up now to launch your career in Illustration.

Registration is now open!

Register now to get all six weeks of Getting Paid to Draw 2022 for 20% off. Normally $960, now only $768. 

This class is only offered once a year.