I have done professional Illustration for several years now, both as a studio artist for companies like Picmonic and Local Motors and as a freelancer. I have an education from the Ringling School of Art and Design, which has given me a great deal of insight into what works and what doesn't in regards to composition, animation, storytelling and drawing, and I have a lot of insight that may spare others from making the mistakes I did when starting out as an artist.
I also have a deep love of teaching and even when working in Studio, I never was weary of giving others my assistance in learning about character design, character appeal, color, lighting, perspective and composition. I am always looking for more opportunities to teach others who want insight into how to improve as artists and I would love to have the chance to teach you what I know about the craft.
When I have had the opportunity to teach others, usually my method begins by explaining and showing a technique and making sure the pupil understands how the technique works by giving samples and showing how the technique is used with particular effectiveness (I want parents to be aware that I will make every effort to avoid exposing pupils to any material that is graphic or inappropriate in content). What follows is an exercise involving the pupil applying what he has learned by using it in something that is within his sphere of interest (to give an example, a pupil who is interested in comic art would use the technique I am teaching him/her in the creation of a comic character or scene). Often the curriculum will be focused on the creation and completion of a single project (or multiple ones if we have time). This will help reinforce the applicability and relevance of the techniques that he/she is learning.
I am thoroughly grateful to the people who have come alongside me to teach me their techniques instead of keeping them hidden. There is a great deal of openness when it comes to sharing insights and techniques in the illustration communities I frequent, and the result has been an increase in quality and and standards across the board. I wish to be a part of that tradition, because it is my conviction that there is nothing that we have that we did not first receive, and in that spirit, I wish to offer my services, insights and techniques to you.
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