Course Description

Welcome to the "CRASH COURSE" Self Guided version of "The Art School Express"

How is this course different from the full version of "The Art School Express"?

  • This is the SELF GUIDED version. You WILL NOT receive critique or feedback from the instructor.
  • You WILL NOT have access to the private discussion section with your fellow students.
  • If you'd like instructor feedback you can upgrade anytime with $25 off of the full course, or you can join my Critique Reward Tier on Patreon.

Who is this class designed for?

  • Anyone planning to pursue art professionally, improve their hobby, or just get a jump start before heading off to a formal art school. I guarantee you'll be ahead of the game!

Why take this course?

  • I went to art school, so you don't have to! Formal art education has become increasingly expensive and out of reach for many aspiring artists, and I want to provide a fun and informative alternative! I designed this course to include not only the traditional elements of art education, but all so the most important skills and tools I've discovered post art school. I hope to put a refreshing spin on the core foundations, while creating a welcoming, non-competitive environment for artists of all levels and backgrounds.

Bottom Line?

  • I created this course to embody the course I always wanted to take but could never find! I hope you'll take this creative journey with me and join me on board the, “Art School Express.”

What are the requirements?

  • All materials are OPTIONAL. Materials & mediums will be explored in the course, and students can choose which they'd like to purchase.
  • Previous art classes are helpful but NOT REQUIRED. This class is open to all levels.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 60 lectures and 6 hours of content!
  • Create illustrations that utilize the fundamentals of style, design, composition, and color theory.
  • Effectively use reference photos and digital tools to improve perspective and anatomy.
  • Use the professional illustration process to communicate and work with clients.
  • Manage work time and meet self created deadlines.

What is the target audience?

  • All art skill levels, mediums and styles are welcome.
  • This course is for any artist planning to pursue art professionally, improve their hobby, or prepare for formal art education. This course is designed to be a fast track "art school" overview that focuses on fundamentals.
  • This course is NOT for those looking for specific training in figure drawing, painting, or other in depth techniques.
  • This course is intended to be self guided.


  • Refunds are ONLY given on an individual basis and must meet the following criteria.
  • Refunds MUST be requested within 3 business days of received payment. 
  • Student may not have viewed more that 25% of the course contest. 
  • If student has already viewed more than 25% of course content NO REFUNDS will be given.
  • Please review my syllabus and free trial before enrolling! Everything you receive is fully outlined for you.
  • I guarantee the highest quality content I can possibly provide, and dedicate my time to giving you the best possible experience! Should you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask! 

Owner, Artist, Instructor

Leilani Joy

A native of Northern California, Leilani Joy grew up illustrating the world around her. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco where she majored in traditional illustration. Leilani’s work has since been featured in numerous art events and gallery shows worldwide and she has recently become a featured artist at Disney’s Wonderground Gallery in Anaheim, CA. Influenced by Japanese animation, fashion illustration, and pop surrealism her work blends her passions in unique ways. Her emotive long-limbed ladies are brought to life using vivid color, graphic shapes and a variety of materials including acrylic, watercolor, ink and 3D collage. In 2009, Leilani launched her first ever YouTube Channel, Art NuVogue, and she has been sharing her creative process ever since! 7 years and 50,000+ YouTube subscribers later, Leilani's love of creation and desire to educate young artists has inspired her to launch her own online art school, Art NuVogue U!Questions or More Info! Contact Me:

Course curriculum

  • 1

    SECTION 1: Introduction to the Course

    • 1 Course Walkthrough! (optional)

    • 2 Welcome Aboard

    • 3 Steps for Success

    • Sketchbook Prompts & Ideas

    • 4 Course Syllabus

    • RESOURCE SECTION: Course Syllabus

    • 5 Assign #1

  • 2

    SECTION 2: A Study in Style: Experimentation and Exploration

    • 6 Start From Scratch

    • 7 Oil Paint


    • 8 Acrylic Paint


    • 9 Watercolor & Gouache


    • 10 Lecture: Digital


    • 11 Choosing Your Medium


    • 12 Define and Refine Your Style

    • RESOURCE SECTION: Define and Refine Your Style

    • 13 Assign #2


  • 3

    SECTION 3: Do It In Design: The Elements and Principles

    • 15 What Makes Good Design

    • 16 Intro to the Elements


    • 17 Elements of Design

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Elements of Design

    • 18 Principles of Design

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Principles of Design

    • 19 Do it In Design. Section Wrap Up

    • 20 Sketchspiration #2

  • 4

    SECTION 4: The Composition Inquisition: Create Images with Impact!

    • 21 Intro to Composition

    • 22 Rule of Thirds VS The Golden Ratio

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Rule of Thirds VS The Golden Ratio

    • 23 Shape Up Your Composition

    • QUIZ 1: Design & Composition Fundamentals Quiz!

    • 24 Sketchspiration #3

  • 5

    SECTION 5: Let's Get Technical: Hacks for the Hard stuff!

    • 25 The Art of Being Resourceful

    • 26 Paint by Value

    • RESOURCE SECTION: Paint By Value

    • 27 Assign #3: Value by Number

    • RESOURCE SECTION: Value By Number Assignment

    • 28 Put it in Perspective

    • 29 Using SketchUp Pt 1

    • 30 Using Sketch Up Pt 2

    • RESOURCE SECTION: Using SketchUp

    • 31 Perspective Using Photos

    • 32 Assign #4 Whos In My Room

    • RESOURCE SECTION: ASSIGN #4 Who's in My Room?

    • 33 Intro to the Figure

    • 34 Figure Drawing Proportion

    • 35 Figure Drawing Gestures

    • 36 Figure Drawing Volume & Value

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Figure Drawing Fast Track

    • 37 DAZ 3D Lecture


    • 38 Lets Get Technical SECTION WRAP UP!

    • QUIZ 2: Let's Get Technical: Section Quiz

    • 39 Sketchspiration #4

  • 6

    SECTION 6: In Living Color

    • 40 Color Theory Crash Course

    • 41 Color Psychology

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Color Psychology

    • 42 Understanding Skin Tones

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Understanding Skin Tones

    • 43 Color Section Wrap Up

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Color, Section Wrap Up

    • 44 Assign #6 Color Change Game

    • 45 Sketchspiration #5

  • 7

    SECTION 7: From Concept to Completion: A guide to the professional process.

    • 46 Intro to the Professional Process

    • 47 Research and Development

    • 48 Thumbnails

    • 49 Roughs

    • 50 Value Study

    • BONUS: Thumbnails and Value Using Paper Collage!

    • 51 The Color Comps

    • 52 The Big Finish

    • RESOURCES SECTION: The Professional Process

    • 53 Sketchspiration #6

    • 54 Assign #7 Project Portfolio

  • 8

    SECTION 8: Course Conclusion

    • 55 What's Next

    • 56 Further Reading

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Further Reading

    • 57 Graduation Ceremony

    • RESOURCES SECTION: Graduation Ceremony

    • 58 Sketchspiration #7

  • 9


    • 59 ASE Out Takes

    • 60 Is It Portfolio Worthy?


    • 61 Digital Art Q&A

    • 62.A Style Self Discover Pt. 1

    • 62.B Style Self Discovery Pt. 2

    • BONUS: Style Self Discovery PDF

    • 63 Cut Paper Protection Goddess: Bonus Lesson

    • BONUS: Cut Paper Protection Goddess PDF and Templates

  • $60.00

    $60.00The Art School Express: A Fast Track to a Pro Art Portfolio!

    Buy Now