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Our mission is to teach professional illustration to aspiring artists and help them make a living doing what they love.
Our mission is to teach professional illustration to aspiring artists and help them make a living doing what they love.
Our mission is to teach professional illustration to aspiring artists and help them make a living doing what they love.
405 backers pledged $34,087 to help bring this project to life.

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Announcing a new course from Ctrl+Paint

Hello backers!

As you know, we’ve finished the first three courses that were Kickstarted with your generous backing. They’re open for registration today.

We’re not done yet

Our long-term mission at the Lamp Post Guild is to be able to offer courses that move aspiring illustrators from absolute beginner to invoicing for professional work.

We researched how best to handle the beginner-level material and found someone who created, in our opinion, the best curriculum for getting started in digital illustration. Ctrl+Paint by Matt Kohr boasts a large content library covering everything from basic principles of art, digital illustration technique, software and many other concepts.

Ctrl+Paint & The Lamp Post Guild Team Up

We’re excited to announce that Ctrl+Paint and The Lamp Post Guild joined forces to offer a free online course for beginning illustrators! Digital Painting 101 is 100% free and available today! Check it out here.

We love Ctrl+Paint and can't wait to see what the future might bring. We want to hear your thoughts on our new courses and would love for you to contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

Happy learning!
The Lamp Post Guild Team

Courses launched!

Dear Backers,

The day has finally come. We’re pleased to announce that Graphic Storytelling by Chris Koelle and The Art of Personal Work by Cory Godbey are now open for registration!

We learned a lot from your feedback with our first course launch, and we're running these courses a little differently this time around. Here are the details:

The Art of Personal Work with Cory Godbey

Since this course is primarily about helping you successfully complete personal projects, we're running this course on a schedule.

  • The inaugural class will start on July 16th and will run until September 21st (about 10 weeks).
  • We’re excited to include two live sessions with Cory at key points in this class. Cory will select a few class projects to highlight and will answer any questions you might have.
  • Preregistration is open today. Seats are limited, so get in while you can!

Register Now → 

Graphic Storytelling with Chris Koelle

  • Even though this course is completely self-paced and does not include any hard deadlines, we want people to start at generally the same time, so we are including a start date.
  • The first self-paced class starts on July 16th but is open for preregistration today.

Register Now→

These two new courses, along with Justin’s course, The Craft of Illustration, complete our initial goal with the Kickstarter project. However, we still have the stretch goals, including the two business courses and a few other top-secret plans in the pipeline, so stay tuned!

We've had a long journey to get to this point, and we hit plenty of roadblocks along the way, but we're excited to see how these courses help you all become better, more professional artists.

Thank you so much for your support and patience throughout this process. This is still only the beginning, and we’re excited to have you all along for the ride.

Happy learning!
The Lamp Post Guild Team

We're live (and other news)!

Dear Backers,

Here's an update on what we've been up to with some good news and bad news.

The Good

We've officially deployed the first ever Lamp Post Guild course! It's available now and backers who backed at a level that included one or more courses should receive an email with coupon codes that you can use to register to get the course for free.

The beta course is going great so far. We have some awesome students creating some amazing work! We've been learning a lot during the beta process and have been able to make the courses that much better as a result.

We're also getting better at creating and producing the courses. We have a camera crew, musician, video editor and writers and have hit our stride.

The Bad

We're behind on two out of the three initial courses that were slated for February. A few of the shippable reward levels are taking longer than we anticipated as well. 

Here's the status of each of the initial courses:

The Craft of Illustration with Justin Gerard

This course is 100% completed and available now! Register here.
Check out the intro video for the course:

Graphic Storytelling with Chris Koelle 

All of the live action footage is finished. We're in the process of recording and editing the screencast demonstrations. This course is about 60% completed. Here's an introduction to the course:

This course is not yet available but you may pre-register here.

The Art of Personal Work with Cory Godbey 

This course is only at about 10% complete at this point and is still primarily in the planning phases. 

Things are speeding up in the course development process as we become more adept at production. We've also brought on more team members to help us ship even faster.

We don't want to sacrifice any quality and just push these out prematurely so we'd like to take more time and deliver a high quality product for all of you.

The Ugly

The Llamas are not co-operating at all. Justin's course on The Art of Llama Herding has been delayed indefinitely. Here's a preview of what could have been:

We'll keep you posted on our progress Facebook and Twitter. We love hearing your thoughts, ideas and feedback so please don't hesitate to contact us.

Keep learning,
The Lamp Post Guild Team

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