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Kris H.

Santa Monica, CA

$45/hour

Kris loves design + photography and so will you.

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Pratt Institute
Graphic Design
OTIS College of Art & Design
Other

Education

Pratt Institute (Graphic Design)

OTIS College of Art & Design (Other)

About Kris

Hi! I'm Kris, I'm a freelance graphic designer and photographer in Santa Monica and I love getting people excited about visual arts.

I started using Photoshop back in 2001, experimenting and playing with whatever these "layer" things were, figuring out how it worked, and continued using Photoshop formally throughout my schooling, at art school, and even more here and there while entering the world of photography in 2005. Along with Adobe Photoshop, I've been using Illustrator and InDesign for the past 8 years, formerly used Adobe Bridge for file management and have been using Adobe Lightroom for the past two years instead (a really fantastic program, by the way!).

My background is in Graphic Design, with a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in New York. I continued taking continuing education classes at Otis College of Art & Design to better understand film photography rather than just digital photography. So far, it's been a great learning experience - and I understand how it is to approach these vastly unfamiliar subjects and be overwhelmed by how many ways there are to do the same things, and wonder how it applies in your everyday life.

I love the experience of helping people and having them discover exactly how many possibilities there are in these programs - and the most exciting part is when someone realizes how capable they are of whatever art form or program we're working on. You can do it!
Hi! I'm Kris, I'm a freelance graphic designer and photographer in Santa Monica and I love getting people excited about visual arts.

I started using Photoshop back in 2001, experimenting and playing with whatever these "layer" things were, figuring out how it worked, and
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Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90404
In-person lessons
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Drawing,
Graphic Design,
Painting
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Design

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Drawing

I completed a BFA in Graphic Design, and within that completed a foundation year, which means really taking the time to fully understand figure drawing, composition, the different materials that artists work with - and learning to really "see." Rather than drawing outlines of what one imagines. Since then, I've taken figure drawing where available and have always tried to absorb the direction I receive in order to pass it on to the people around me who are interested in getting involved with the arts.

Graphic Design

I completed a BFA in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, and have been working as a designer for the past 5 years. I often receive questions from friends and/or their friends, co-workers about how to use certain programs all the time - so I've had a pretty fun time sitting down with people explaining how certain things work in programs like Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop on their own computers. Plus general guidance for people who just send me graphics for my advice.

Painting

I was a painter in high school, learning to use acrylics, watercolor, and oil paint as my main mediums, then was more exposed in art school during my foundation year. I'd say painting and drawing certainly go hand-in-hand - and factors like line quality, composition, stroke, etc all come into play here. Assuming people are looking for tutors in painting still life - the best advice I heard was a quote from a painter: "Start with a broom and finish with a needle" in terms of getting in the full forms and narrowing down from there. Learning to "see" first, and to draw, is important.

Pratt Institute
Graphic Design
OTIS College of Art & Design
Other

Education

Pratt Institute (Graphic Design)

OTIS College of Art & Design (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kris will travel within 7 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90404.