Madison College (Graphic Design)
I love the art of teaching and have taught many people of different ages how to draw in charcoal, how to paint with oils, and some sculpture as well. I taught 3D and 2D video game art at Madison Media Institute for 5 years so I have a good deal of professional experience in the postsecondary field. While I love computers and technical game art, my main passion remains drawing and painting.
Tutoring is even more of a special experience since you get to do one-on-one learning instead of managing a full classroom. You get to make a stronger difference in one person's life that they will hopefully advance and grow from.
Illustration is my main focus and I'm skilled in oil painting, pen and ink drawing, graphite, airbrush, and charcoal drawing. In addition to traditional methods I have 15 years of professional experience in the field of 2D and 3D computer art, having worked on various video games and other projects. 2D programs that I utilize include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and After Effects. 3D programs include Maya, 3D Studio Max, Mudbox, Zbrush, Unreal Editor, and Unity. I also have written and recorded music since I was a teenager and have experience recording and mixing with Logic and Reaper.
I've used Maya for many years and have written classes based on Maya that were used in the GAM program at MMI. Classes focused mainly on modeling, texture work and rendering, and I have experience with animation as well.
I will dedicate my time with you to ensure that you leave with a better understanding of the subject, no matter what! I never liked "passive" teaching and tutoring and want to make sure that you get that "light bulb over the head" feeling. I love the art of teaching and have taught many people of different ages how to draw in charcoal, how to paint with oils, and some sculpture as well. I taught 3D and 2D video game art at Madison Media Institute for 5 years so I have a good deal of professional experience in the postsecondary field. While I love computers and technical game art, my
Eli is a very skilled and versatile artist. His art shows a solid understanding of line work, perspective, value, proportion, and composition. He also practices over a variety of mediums including sketching, pen drawings, ink work, and both 2D and 3D digital art. Furthermore, he has a depth of knowledge in color theory and is versed in art history.
What I especially enjoy about Eli is his ability to transmit and teach his skills in art. He is patient and enjoyable to work with. During his lessons, he helps hone my skills as well as expand my horizons. I specifically tend to focus on figure drawing, and I am very pleased with what he has taught me about the human figure.
I needed help on a project for school with Adobe Illustrator and he was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I am very happy with my experience and will be asking for more help soon. I would definitely recommend him as tutor.
Eli was prepared prior to the lesson to help my son learn. He answered many questions from my son and was able to cover a lot of material. My son needed to learn the basics of Unity for a project at college. Eli went far beyond what my son expected and was an excellent teacher.
Eli has a vast amount of animation and computer Graphic knowledge. The best part is he can teach at all levels of knowledge. Eli also spent time before the tutoring session to get to know what my daughter's experience level was and what type of animation she was interested in. With this information he suggested some web sites to check out. Due to all the prep time prior to the session my daughter really hit the ground running during her tutoring session.
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I have used Adobe Illustrator since 1994 for logos and other vector illustration. I can teach a wide variety of techniques within the program, including layers, typography, and pen tools.
I began using Adobe Photoshop around 1994 and have used it almost every day since, usually with a Wacom tablet. Aside from utilizing the basic operations in Photoshop such as photo retouching and color correction, I have extensive experience with digital painting and design. I have written and instructed several courses for a local college where students learn how to use the programs included in the Adobe Creative Suite.
In addition to Photoshop, I'm proficient in many other Adobe products, including Illustrator, After Effects, Flash, and Premiere.
I have 6+ years of experience using and teaching with Maya. I have written and instructed several classes at a local college utilizing Maya, including modeling, texturing, rendering, and animation. I never liked to just "throw the book" at students and wrote lots of original curricula and ensured that my class would actually absorb and learn the concepts by working slowly and repeating the usage of various tools many times.
The art of drawing has been my lifelong passion, I've been drawing constantly since the age of three. In addition to instructing drawing classes in the animation program at Madison Media Institute, I have privately tutored friends, family and children of all ages throughout the years. I can customize a lesson specifically to a student's needs and employ a wide variety of methods and techniques, whether it's charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, or colored pencil.
I was a 2D and 3D artist on the team at the video game company Human Head Studios. In addition to creating art assets for the games themselves, I developed a large amount of graphic design and marketing materials for the web and for industry magazines to promote our upcoming games before and after their release. This process involved creating screenshots and/or concept art and editing them for print and web in Photoshop and Illustrator. I've created freelance logos for various companies for 20+ years.
I've been painting in some form or another since I was about 12 years old when I started to use the airbrush. From there I learned how to use acrylic and oil paints and received formal training in both painting styles at Madison College from 1998-2000. Since then I have used mainly oil paints for landscapes, both realistic and surreal, as well as portraits of people and animals. I've taught many informal painting sessions for friends, colleagues and students.