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I am an animator and graphic designer who has worked in the local print industry for the past twenty years. I have extensive knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, storytelling, animation, and graphic design. I have worked as a tutor in the past and find great pleasure in seeing a student have the "a-ha!" moment when they understand what they are learning. I prefer to talk to the student about what they want to learn or where they are having trouble and tailor my tutoring to meet their needs. Whether the student is solving a particular problem they are having with homework or teaching them something that is brand new, I have the skills to help them. If they are having problems with a particular assignment, I will review it with them, then coach them from the sideline as they work through it, prompting them when and where necessary. If it is an entirely new area, I will show them the technique, then have them demonstrate what I have done while I coach them, and finally have them use the technique without my assistance. I find that this gives the right level of instruction while also letting the student build self confidence in their abilities.
I have been using Adobe Illustrator since 1993, when it was version 3.0. I have also tutored in Illustrator while I attended Niagara County Community College from 2004 to 2006. I still use Illustrator today for many of my graphic design projects, and in traditional and 3D animation.
I have used InDesign since 2008 when it became the primary graphics program for my employer, the Niagara Gazette (replacing Quark Xpress). I also became a trainer, and troubleshooter for the team of graphic artists that I worked with at the paper for InDesign and other Adobe products. I have used it to produce a wide range of artwork for print, and have included a number of new pieces using InDesign in my current portfolio.
I have been using Adobe Photoshop since 1993, when it was version 2.0. I have also tutored in Photoshop while I attended Niagara County Community College from 2004 to 2006. I continue to use today for many of my graphic design projects, and in traditional and 3D animation.
I have been studying and using Maya since 2006 when I took several classes in it at Canisius College. Later I studied it extensively while earning my degree in animation at Villa Maria College. I worked as a lab monitor/tutor in animation and assisted a number of students with their Maya problems. I have produced a number of portfolio pieces using Maya, as well as two short films utilizing Maya (both as primary and secondary animation software). I now use Maya on a daily basis in my job as a virtual modeler for Fisher Price.
I studied film production while at Niagara County Community College and Canisius College. I produced several short videos - writing the scripts, casting actors, directing, setting scenes and lighting, capturing the video, editing the video and producing effects animation, and exporting the finished video.
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