Make Your Mark Bootcamp – FAQ

We’ve had lots of questions about our upcoming Make Your Mark Bootcamp programme and we’re here to help you decide if it’s right for you!

Q: I’m fairly new to illustration – can I still join? 

Absolutely! We encourage emerging creatives, students and recent graduates to get involved – as well as art directors, graphic designers,  teachers and other creatives who are pivoting into illustration. Whether you’re just getting started with your illustration career or you’ve been working as an illustrator for a while and need a boost – the most important thing to know about Make Your Mark Bootcamp is that this is going to stretch you – and that by committing to our six month programme you’ll leave with clarity, focus and renewed confidence, and essential tools to pursue your dream career in illustration.

Q: When does Make Your Mark Bootcamp run?

Make Your Mark kicks off on Monday 3rd June at 7.00pm with a welcome event, ahead of our first live class on Wednesday 5th June. Make Your Mark runs until Friday 29th November, with an optional add-on to continue the programme on a brand new rolling membership offering in January 2025. Further details will be published in November.

Q: When are the live sessions running?

We’ll be updating this section in the coming weeks. Here are preliminary dates for your diary. All timings in UK (BST/GMT).

Key Dates (Zoom + Live Streams)

  • Make Your Mark Kick Off Event – Monday 3rd June @ 7.00pm
  • Live Sessions each week, alternating between Wednesday’s @ 10.30am & Thursday evenings @ 6pm
  • Industry talks & Creative briefings – Details dropping soon!
  • Masterclasses – Details dropping soon!

Make Your Mark Bootcamp is delivered live by Inkygoodness founder Lisa Hassell with support from Inkygoodness Collective co-hosts TBA!

Masterclass Sessions (Zoom Webinar)

We’re excited to welcome a brand new panel of speakers & mentors for Make Your Mark Bootcamp this year to inspire your practice, provide valuable insight on core illustration markets, and share their advice for developing your creative practice, crafting passion projects, finding your niche and becoming your most authentic creative self.

Confirmed Speakers & Mentors

  • Full details coming very soon!

Our Masterclasses aim to educate, inspire and show you industry level commercial illustration projects; from brief to concept, artwork development and delivery.

In these brand new Masterclasses, our illustrator speakers will discuss their creative practice across key areas of Editorial, Advertising, Branding, Children’s Picture Books, Fashion and Publishing.

Masterclass sessions will include a Q&A / discussion.

Masterclasses are exclusive to artists enrolled on Make Your Mark Bootcamp & Inkygoodness Collective members.

Q: What do I need to prepare before the programme begins?

No prep required! Just bring yourself and maybe a pen and notebook to take notes during the sessions. All sessions are recorded to refer to later. Our workshops and programmes are super informal – and Make Your Mark Bootcamp will be exactly like that. We always have so much fun learning together – and we can’t wait to work with you over the next six months!

Q: Whom is Make Your Mark not suitable for?

Make Your Mark is not designed for concept artists, photographers, gaming designers or cartoonists. Our courses and challenges are aimed at creatives who want to pursue a professional career as commercial freelance illustrators working for clients across editorial, publishing, advertising and branding.

Q: Do I need to be able to use Adobe Fresco or Adobe Creative Suite?

A basic working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is advisable, however our programme is open to artists and illustrators who work analog too – so please don’t shy away just because you prefer using pencils, gouache or collage.

Artists and illustrators enrolled in Make Your Mark Bootcamp will have inclusive access to Inkygoodness Collective on our Community Membership Plan for 12 months (worth £299), which includes access to our new Free Resources Hub; a growing library of workshops, cheat sheets, digital downloads and mockup guides to support your development.

Q: How much time do I need to set aside?

Our weekly live zoom classes are split between live teaching and online discussion and will run throughout June – November. We’re also running six artist masterclasses, four industry talks with art directors, monthly group mentoring sessions and daily check-ins. Our full schedule will be published w/c 13th May.

As a rough guide, we recommend allowing for 3-4 hours each week for modules 1-5 which run from 3rd June – 5th July, and 4-6 hours per week for modules 6-9 which run throughout July – September to tackle our creative briefs and crafting your passion project. Then maybe an extra 1-2 hours for weekly exercises and to apply the learning we’re covering in our weekly classes. Each zoom session will last for apx 1 hour – 1.5 hours max, and everything is recorded so you don’t need to attend every thing in real time (although we encourage live attendance as much as possible!).

Our live zoom classes will take you through 12 modules and are designed to support your personal and professional development with group discussion and live feedback in a group setting. Each week we will provide you with tools, advice and critique to help you navigate the programme and produce your best work!

Q: Which Mentors are we going to be working with?

We are designing Make Your Mark Bootcamp with emerging creatives in mind, and we are delighted to be joined by a new panel of speakers & mentors for our brand new programme, including illustrators working across editorial, branding, publishing and more!

Our first speakers will be announced w/c 30th April – bookmark this page to refer to later!

Q: What if I can’t make the live sessions? Will they be recorded?

Yes! All zoom classes and masterclasses recorded every week – so no matter if you can attend every session, just a few – or prefer to watch them later – we’ve got you covered!

Videos will stay live even after the programme ends – so you can access the recordings forever.

If you want to join Make Your Mark Bootcamp and know in advance that you can’t attend every live sessions you can let us know before we begin.

Please do still apply for a spot even if the timings of the sessions don’t suit your schedule. With generous hand-in deadlines and feedback available along the way we have designed this programme to ensure you can commit to the programme alongside your full time job, family commitments and hectic schedules. With weekly check-ins , smaller group sessions and lifetime access to the course content you can rest assured there will be time to catch-up if you need to take a slower / self paced approach.

We especially welcome applications from emerging creatives and individuals over the age of 35 who may be pivoting into illustration from other creative careers. We pride ourselves on being as inclusive as possible whilst ensuring artists who are invited to enrol are joining the programme for the right reasons.

Previous cohorts come from a wide range of backgrounds, skill and experience levels and age ranges. Inkygoodness Collective members come from all corners of the globe – united by their shared passion for pursuing a career in illustration.

Everyone enrolled will get access to our private Bootcamp group, hosted inside Inkygoodness Collective where you can join our community and access extra support, workshop recordings, panel talks and articles inside our Free Resources Hub.

I can guarantee you will get so much out of the experience!

Q: I’ve only just found out about Make Your Mark Bootcamp! Can I still apply?

Applications for Make Your Mark Bootcamp are open until Thursday 2nd May, and whilst we may well extend this for another week or two, please note we will not be onboarding anyone after our start date of Monday 3rd June. If you’re keen to get involved we recommend getting your application in as soon as possible as spaces are already filling up!

Q: How many spaces are available on the programme?

We are not capping numbers for enrolment, however not everyone who applies will be offered a space. Make Your Mark Bootcamp will be delivered inside Inkygoodness Collective with artists divided into smaller mentoring groups of 10-15 for the duration of the programme. We will group artists based on their local timezone with current members mixing with new members.

On enrolment you will be invited to complete our onboarding form to share more details on your current practice, local timezone and group you wish to join!

Q: How much does it cost?

Make Your Mark costs £599. You can pay in full or split the cost when you are invited to enrol. We accept card payments processed on Stripe, Link and Paypal in US dollars, GBP or Euros. A monthly payment plan option is available on request.

Q: When do doors close for enrolment?

Applications are open now until midnight Thursday 2nd May.

Do you have more questions not answered here?

Email Lisa directly so that we can help you decide if Make Your Mark Bootcamp is right for you! If you’re excited to join us please apply ASAP – spaces are going fast.

We look forward to helping you kickstart your illustration career this year 🙂

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