James Yang /
Finding the Essence of Ideas

4 Day Illustration Masterclass
June 15–18, 2023
Vienna / Austria

The importance of finding the root of an idea is the topic of this masterclass with illustrator James Yang.
James will show you how to free your mind from the anxiety of creating ideas, and give you strategies on how to find unique solutions to illustrate even complex concepts. You will work on an assignment based on a real life project, and you will also learn how to turn thumbnails into sketches and great final illustration. After this workshop you will have a method which helps you to painlessly come up with visuals for any topic, by finding the essence of ideas.

Required skills:
Recommended for intermediate to advanced level.

Required material:
For idea exercises, bring a large inexpensive stack of drawing papers, a pad of tracing paper, sketchbook you normally use, pens, permanent markers, pencils, and tape. Please also bring any material you want to use to make your final illustration, which is up to you to decide. You may want to look up reference materials, or do research, so having some kind of web device would also help (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. Free wifi will be provided).

Maximum number of participants: 12
Minimum number of participants: 9*
Age limits: none
Course language: English

Early Bird: EUR 720,– (no longer available)
Regular: EUR 780,–

Ticket price includes:
Workshop fee (incl. taxes), soft drinks, coffee/tea, snacks during breaks

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* Please note: the masterclass will only take place if the minimum number of participants is reached by May 15, 2023. Application is open until this date or until the class is fully booked.  


James Yang

James Yang was born in Oklahoma and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts and Design. Within a few years of entering the marketplace, his work appeared in prestigious trade publications such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, How, Print, and The Art Directors Club of New York.

James has won over 250 awards for design and illustration excellence including best of show from 3×3 Magazine. He has taught and lectured at a variety of institutions including SVA, Parsons, FIT, SCAD, American University in Lebanon, and was an executive board member for ICON, a biennial illustration conference.

James currently lives in Brooklyn, where he happily works for a variety of clients worldwide, book publishers and animators. His wallpaper for the MTA is now on trains in New York City, and he is the author and illustrator of American Library Association award winning children’s books, Bus! Stop! and A Boy Named Isamu, published by Viking.

"A blank canvas is a chance to create the best image you have ever created.
It doesn’t happen often, but it is very satisfying when you do create something that makes you excited."
– James Yang

The AOMC Masterclasses are brought to you by Atelier Olschinsky 
Atelier Olschinsky Grafik und Design OG · Währinger Straße 68 · 1090 Wien · Austria