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Kevin Lyons, Creative Director and Illustrator

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8 Videos (21m)
    • Introduction

    • Project: Create one portfolio piece that represents you

    • Find what you love

    • Identify your style

    • Create content & story

    • Process your content

    • Process your style

    • Closing


About This Class

Identify and share your most unique work with Illustrator and Art Director extraordinaire Kevin Lyons. In this 20-minute class, you'll learn how to turn a passion project or piece of work into a solid portfolio piece that demonstrates your creativity. You'll join him in his studio in Brooklyn as he walks through his favorite work, why its effective, and the principles that make them effective portfolio pieces. This class will re-define how you show off your work, and you'll learn how to:

  • Assemble elements for a successful creative portfolio
  • Identify your own unique style and how it can add to that
  • Talk about your work

This class isn't about showing art school assigned “professional” work that you have been told you should be showing. Instead, you'll focus on the work you're really passionate about creating. You'll have a body of work that's cohesive, and not only reflects your skill but isn't afraid to break the mold.

This class is for the aspiring artist and designer looking to get discovered or inject some creativity in their existing body of work. This is your chance to express yourself. 

317 of 329 students recommendSee All

Feels like a really good class.
Jaw Blake

Jawara is a painter

This was a class tailor made for me. It's perfect for those with a portfolio but who have perhaps reached a stagnant point in their career and need a strong reminder that, like Kevin says - it's YOU that are being hired, not how much your work looks derivative of popular trends in graphic design. Doing work that makes you feel like you did when you set out on the whole journey to begin with.
Great class, thank you !





Kevin Lyons

Creative Director and Illustrator

Kevin Lyons has worked with such clients as Nike, Converse, Umbro, Coca-Cola, American Express, among others. In 2010, he won an Emmy for title design for Eric Ripert's PBS series, Avec Eric, and also won a Cannes Golden Lion for his campaign for Diesel while Managing Partner at Anomaly NYC.

Kevin is the former global Creative Director for Urban Outfitters. In a 7-year tenure, he helped shape the brand holistically, including: exterior signage, retail environment, digital design, packaging, posters & promotions, book and catalog design, labeling, and products (t-shirts, apparel, and lifestyle product graphics). Kevin also led the acclaimed music program, oversaw the brand's PR and marketing and the corporate design for the umbrella company Urban Outfitters, Inc., (Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters).

Prior to Urban Outfitters, Kevin served in a variety of diverse roles including, Design Director at Stussy Worldwide; Art Director for Spike Jonze's Girl Skateboard Company; US Art Director for Tokion Magazine and Senior Designer for Nike Inc., where he was responsible for branding several big-time college and pro sports franchises.

In 2001, Kevin was named to "The Top Forty Designers Under Thirty" by ID Magazine. He has written articles for the AIGA Journal, as well as addressing the AIGA twice including once as a published recipient of its Fresh Dialogues Series. He has held teaching assistant positions at both RISD and CalArts, and has been a visiting critic at the Yale Graduate School of Design. He was an Assistant Professor of Typography at the Pratt Institute from 2000-2002.

Kevin produces two clothing lines; one for 2K, called Atlantis and the other under his personal namesake, NATURAL BORN - both are distributed globally. His own work has been published worldwide from Thrasher, The Face, Lodown, The New York Times Magazine, Arkitip, Anthem and Refill. He has shown worldwide including solo shows in Paris, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo. His books and zines are available from And Press and Nieves.

Kevin Lyons is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a degree in film and has a Masters Degree from CalArts.