Illustration Program w/Brian Snoddy

Wednesday | 4/10-6/12 | 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Brian Snoddy graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1985. He started working at the in-house ad agency of software reseller Egghead Software in 1986, and worked there for 6 1/2 years. He helped to create the newspaper ads, coupon books, direct mail, and eventually became a product illustrator. After Egghead fired the entire art department one day, Brian went to work for Creative Fire Studio. There he worked in comics, where he drew backgrounds and did some occasional inking for such titles as Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister, and Classic Star Wars. At this time he also started working on storyboards for Saturday morning cartoons. He worked on several shows including EXO Squad, X Men, Disney’s Gargoyles, Garfield and Friends, and Jim Lee’s Wild Cats. In the early 1990’s, Brian became one of the “First 49” original Magic the Gathering artists, where he produced over 150 paintings. Brian then pursued an active career in SCI FI and fantasy CCG industry. One of the many other card games Brian worked on was the popular CCG, Legend of the Five Rings. In 2001, Brian co founded and co created Privateer Press, the producer of the popular table top fantasy war game Warmachine. Brian later went onto work in the video game industry, historical illustration, and is now currently a full time concept artist/illustrator at Flying Frog Productions; that produces the popular horror adventure game Shadows of Brimstone. Brian is also and avid Japanese arms and armor collector and researcher.
6:00-9:00 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown

  • Pencils (all types)
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Template(s). Please wait to purchase; will be discussed first day of class
  • Paper(s). Any basic paper first day; paper options will be discussed first day of class
  • Inking: black india ink
  • Various brushes
  • Brush Pens
  • Pen Nibs (Hunt 102 is a good choice)
  • White Out
  • Gouache Paint, white
  • Toothbrush
  • 100% rag cotton Bristol Board (2 ply)


    • Black & White Paint (Gouche)
    • 3-4 Brushes, various sizes (#0, #1, #3 rounds and 1” Flat Brush)
    • 1” Wide Masking Tape
    • Hair Dryer
    • 100% rag cotton Bristol Board (2 ply)
    • Painting Surface to tape paper to (wooden, plastic, or heavy cardboard)
    • Water Container
    • Plastic Cups for mixing paint
Designed for classical and industry artists alike, the Illustration Program teaches how to create realistic imagery from the ground up beginning in black and white using traditional materials such as graphite, ink, and gouache. Techniques include layering, blending, and rendering various types of surfaces, such as wood, metal, rusted metal—to name a few. After establishing core abilities, we will learn more advanced techniques in color building in scope and complexity over time. This class is an ongoing program with a one year curriculum cycle.