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Mike J.

Torrance, CA

$50/hour

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CSU Dominguez Hills
Commercial Art

Education

CSU Dominguez Hills (Commercial Art)

About Mike

Hello Prospective Student!

I'm a South Bay local, married and the father of 2 awesome boys (ages 2 and 4). I have been a graphic designer/animator for over 15 years and with experience working for several Fortune 500 companies (Mattel, Sony Pictures, DirecTV).

Currently I am working part time as a freelance graphic/motion graphic designer and thought it would be a great experience to pass on some of my skills to others. In particular, I'm interested in helping those who are starting out who might be a little bit intimidated by the complex interfaces and concepts revolving around graphic design and animation. I'm here to help demystify things!

In my professional experience I have received many kudos from my employers regarding my skill as a Flash animator, particularly in my ability to create compelling animated visuals while keeping within file size restrictions dictated by ad distribution networks. My specialty is in timeline based animation. I don't lean on code-based tools to create motion.

Beyond my work experience, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial with a minor in Fine Art. I have been using Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator and other graphic design applications throughout my career. I can also communicate well with the ability to convey potentially daunting concepts in "layman's terms". I am also friendly and patient. "No question is a dumb question".

Let me help you take the mystery out of graphic design and or animation! If you're at a beginner or intermediate level it's time to level up! I look forward to scheduling our first lesson.
Hello Prospective Student!

I'm a South Bay local, married and the father of 2 awesome boys (ages 2 and 4). I have been a graphic designer/animator for over 15 years and with experience working for several Fortune 500 companies (Mattel, Sony Pictures, DirecTV).

Currently I am working part time as a freelance graphic/motion
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Torrance, CA 90503
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Animation,
Graphic Design
Computer:
Adobe Flash,
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Animation,
Computer Gaming, General Computer, Graphic Design,
Macintosh

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Adobe Flash

I have over 15 years of Flash animation experience.

I have worked for Mattel, Sony Pictures and DirecTV.

I specialize in creating high quality yet low file size Flash banners.

Animation

I have been working as a Flash animator for over 15 years. I have been working with 3D animation off and on for over 20 years. I attended 2 courses in Alias PowerAnimator. I also work with After Effects and Cinema 4D.

Graphic Design

I have a BA in Commercial Art, minor in Fine Art from CSU Dominguez Hills.

I have over 15 years of professional graphic design experience working for major companies (Mattel, Sony Pictures, DirecTV).

I have a friendly and patient personality and have excellent communication skills, which I feel would benefit me in sharing my skills with others.

While I have no professional experience as an educator, my mother was a high school English teacher for many years and I worked in the education department of my university, therefore I am somewhat familiar with what being an educator entails.

CSU Dominguez Hills
Commercial Art

Education

CSU Dominguez Hills (Commercial Art)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mike will travel within 10 miles of Torrance, CA 90503.