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Mike J.

Looking to get started with graphic design and/or animation?

Looking to get started with graphic design and/or animation?

$50/hour

  • 13 hours tutoring

  • Torrance Torrance, CA 90503

About Mike


Bio

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...

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.


Education

CSU Dominguez Hills
Commercial Art

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Torrance, CA 90503
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Illustrator,

Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator for 20+ years in my career as a graphic designer/animator. It has changed a lot over the years, but I do my part to keep up to date with the latest tools and functionality. If I run across something new I immediately look into how to how it works. Currently, I'm using Illustrator quite a bit to create and modify graphics for use in educational videos I create for Cornell University (eCornell). I look forward to working with you!
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I have been a Photoshop user for over 20 years, having worked as a graphic designer for companies like Mattel, Sony Pictures and DirecTV.
Graphic Design

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.

Computer

Adobe Flash,

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.
Adobe Illustrator,

Adobe Illustrator

I have been using Adobe Illustrator for 20+ years in my career as a graphic designer/animator. It has changed a lot over the years, but I do my part to keep up to date with the latest tools and functionality. If I run across something new I immediately look into how to how it works. Currently, I'm using Illustrator quite a bit to create and modify graphics for use in educational videos I create for Cornell University (eCornell). I look forward to working with you!
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I have been a Photoshop user for over 20 years, having worked as a graphic designer for companies like Mattel, Sony Pictures and DirecTV.
Animation,

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

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.

Corporate Training

Adobe Flash

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.

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Excellent tutor for Character Animator

Mike is knowledgeable and engaged as a tutor. We just had our first tutorial and I'm going back in a few days for another session. Character Animator is a new program and Mike is helping me understand the basics of it. Exactly what I want. Thanks Mike!

Denis, 5 lessons with Mike

$50/hour

Mike J.

$50/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

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