Polish your Fundamentals.

Illustration Fundamentals | James Starr-King

This illustration mentorship with James Starr-King is build for enhancing your fundamentals to a point where an intermediate level can be reached. Anatomy, Structure and design are the core fundamentals focused on during this illustration mentorship. James Starr-King will help establish confidence in your own abilities!
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James Starr-King

Freelance Artist

Illustration | Character | Concept Art | Fundamentals



James Starr-King is a freelance illustrator, 3d character artist and concept artist who has worked for studios such as Fantasy Flight Games for various clients including Keytales, Lone Shark Games, and publishers such as Ballistic Publishing. He was featured in the famous EXPOSE 11 magazine among other professionals.

He is versatile in Zbrush and pasionate about fundamentals in Illustration.


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This mentorship will focus on 2 days per week to help you improve more efficiently. The days in between will be used for your project assignments.
We planned 90 minutes for this mentorship based on the difficulty, mentor-to-mentee ratio and James’s mentorship availability.
This mentorship has a 1:3 mentor-to-mentee ratio. Learning mates help to improve more efficiently in James’s mentorship
Generally, modules are based on James’s industry workflow and experience. Modules are lectured loosely and organically based on your personal and project needs. All 11 Modules are fully explained below you can reach them by clicking on them.
The difficulty of each mentorship can be adjusted according to the submitted portfolio but is limited to the preference of James.
We provide 2 certificates. One is for participation and the other is for accomplishment. Accomplishment will only be handed over to the participant if the internal CGVERSE team rated the result as excellent.


2-3 Portfolio image(s)

2 months

$ 899/mo.

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To create a composition of impact foundations have to be covered and thoroughly understood.

  1. Grouping
  2. Simplification
  3. Perspective
  4. Layout

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Achieving Structure

Structural qualities can oftentimes be what holds you back from moving to the next level in art. The order of steps to achieve quality results is often misunderstood or skipped. James Starr-King will make sure you don’t skip any step of importance.

  1. Structure
  2. Order
  3. Layout

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Design tasks are often where value gets generated for your images. The more you understand and practice design the more interesting and valuable your illustration will be to your client and your portfolio!

  1. Ideation
  2. Style exploration
  3. Shape language
  4. Taste
  5. Decision making

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As an Illustrator, anatomy is of importance to convince your future Art director that you can achieve what you were tasked for! A portfolio that shows a great understanding of anatomy and has high precision is more likely to be of value to your future client! James Starr-King will help you simplify the process of tackling anatomy.

  1. proportion
  2. Draw what you see
  3. Gesture
  4. Line of action
  5. Landmarks

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Color and light

To create believable lighting in an illustration you will have to simplify and know what good lighting is made of.
Games and Movies are often using a physical-based approach and this is also what is required from you as an illustrator!

  1. Color
  2. Theory
  3. Value
  4. Saturation

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Form and Structure

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How to render to a certain level of quality is often a lengthy task. Learn how to render with good physical accuracy and adapt to styles.

  1. Form and Structure
  2. line quality
  3. textures & materials
  4. Light
  5. Edge control

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Final touches

This is usually the step where the image slowly comes together. Iterating for weeks or months on a single image pays off, especially in a portfolio. It will show your future client that you are enduring and have quality orientation.

  1. Polish
  2. Making changes
  3. Knowing when to stop

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Problem Solving

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Project Management

Learn how to structure your project so that you seamlessly fit into modern art environments in larger studios. Some aspects of a professional artist are less known, such as naming conventions, color spaces, File sharing, and delivery.

James Starr-King will help you understand what it takes to deliver on time.

  1. Problem Solving
  2. Client Brief
  3. Reference management
  4. Layer structure
  5. Naming Conventions

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Company Hierarchies

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Dealing with Clients

How to get hired for a studio or dream project can be intimidating. There are several mindsets to adopt when approaching work as a professional artist.

*This module serves as a bonus and will be conducted by Christopher Schiefer(CEO) to improve your current work routine. This module will only be executed upon initiative response by the mentee after completing all months.

  1. Company Hierarchies
  2. Email Outreach
  3. Outsourcing

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Articles & Interviews

Exposure can be beneficial to help attract clients and improve your international attention.

*This module will be conducted by the CGVerse team based on the achieved level of polish at the end of your mentorship.

  1. Interviews
  2. Power of Editors
  3. Understanding Feature articles

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Understanding Client Needs

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Authority Strategy

Learn how to structure your portfolio to maximize the impression of your efforts.
LinkedIn and a proper presentation of your personal and professional work can help stand out.

*This module will be conducted by the CGVerse team after finishing all acquired mentorship months with James Starr-King

  1. Understanding Client Needs
  2. Naming Conventions
  3. File Delivery
  4. Structural Mindset

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