Leana Mullan Concept Art School Review - CGVERSE - Online Concept Art School
"The best investment I ever did! I wouldn’t have come so far in this short time on my own."
Leana Mullan
Concept Artist and Illustrator

Mentorship Review: Commercial Style Illustration

Leana Mullan

She is an aspiring concept artist and illustrator studying animation & games in university.

Commercial Style Illustration Mentorship

Full 1on1 live mentorship custom-tailored towards your problems. We will work together every week to create full-blown marketing quality ready images.

Tell us about yourself: Who are you, what do you love to do and where are you from?

Hi! I am Leana, a digital artist from Germany. I love to paint and draw, to create characters, and to be part of a project. After I found out about an art career, I knew that being a concept artist and illustrator is what I want to pursue. I love that in media, such as games, films, and TV series many forms of art join to create a new whole. Therefore, I find a lot of inspiration and happiness in that.

Why did you choose CGVerse concept art school over other schools? 

I chose CGVerse online art school because I wanted to learn from an industry professional. Each professional concept artist or illustrator who is working as a mentor at CGVerse has impressive portfolios and the modules of the art mentorships were well structured and offered what I was looking for. I was looking for having a one on one lesson with a concept art mentor who could give me individual art feedback and exactly point out what I needed to work on. As a result, it will make the most effective progression in understanding how to build my art career.

Character Illustration done during the mentorship

What were the biggest problems you faced when you started out as an artist? 

My biggest problem was that I didn’t know what skills concept artists need to learn. So much information can be found on the internet about concept art and illustration, which can make it a little hard to decide what to learn and try next. Therefore, I was spending a lot of time on many different things without focus. I also felt that my education was lacking as the university I attend doesn’t offer classes in the fields of concept art or illustration. 
I was looking for direction and structure and a professional mentor who could offer that and with whom I could work on art fundamentals.

What did you do during the mentorship and what helped you on each task? 

I worked with Edward and Chris on a character illustration and experienced the complete art workflow from developing the idea and finding references, over sketching, posing, and designing a character to learning how to polish my art to the very end.  

Edward covered the art fundamentals such as lighting, color, value, anatomy, and character design and for each lesson, we thought of homework to practice these, which I could do on the side. Edward helped me a lot about how to improve my art in the areas where I had difficulties. 

Chris helped me to refine the character and with each iteration, the result got better and better. I learned from Chris how to finish an illustration and to identify the weak parts in an illustration that need to be improved. During the sessions, he explained concepts and techniques that I didn’t know about before which helped me learn how to take my artwork to the next level.

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Homework that was done during the mentorship including master and sculpture studies

How was the mentorship for you?

It was a great way for me to improve my skills as an artist, the best investment I ever did! I wouldn’t have come so far in this short time on my own. The mentors at CGVerse online art school are not only knowledgeable and highly professional but also supportive and kind.

W​hat would you say when you recommend us to an artist? 

I would say that CGVerse online art school is a great option if you want to improve efficiently and are looking for professional guidance in art. The flexibility of the mentors allows concept artists and illustrators from beginner to professional to attend and receive pinpoint feedback in art with respect to their current skill level. You can learn about the art fundamentals and also learn concept art and the very advanced painting techniques which are used in this great industry.

Personal Images

(Before the mentorship)

personal work of leana

Character design

Character design I did for a pitch of a small game idea before the mentorship (when I used to do more stylized designs)