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Emily S.
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*My scheduling availability isn't always accurate, as many students have their lessons with me every other week. My schedule is different from week to week, so it's best to at least pick a time with me and if it doesn't work, we'll make sure we schedule a lesson time that's convenient for both of us. If you need to schedule a lesson for a time sooner than what the TakeLessons calendar allows, you can always let me know and we'll most likely work something out for you. I specialize in digital painting, with my strength in commercial art (concept art, illustration, characters and environments.) Though I have used traditional painting media before, students would get the most out of classes with me if they work in digital media. Students often use Krita, Photoshop, Firealpaca, Paint Tool Sai or Clip Studio Paint on laptop/desktop with a tablet such as a Wacom. They otherwise often use Procreate on the iPad. I've recently been using Krita, which is free to download. My goal is to help students improve markedly and achieve their goals in painting. I can also help students build their portfolios, whether for magnet schools, colleges or job applications.
About Emily S.

*My scheduling availability isn't always accurate, as many students have their lessons with me every other week. My weekly schedule is often different, so it's best to at least pick a time with me and if it doesn't work, we'll make sure we schedule a lesson time that's convenient for both of us. I've been working professionally as an artist since 2009, making graphics and illustrations for clients and having worked for Disney Research for just over a year. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in 2012. I specialize in drawing/illustration, digital painting, and 2D hand-drawn frame-by-frame digital animation, mostly in the context of video games (with 2D graphics). Many of my drawing/animation students have been interested in drawing/animating animals, especially furry/anthro memes. I've helped students complete tiny looping animations, creating memes as well as short films. Each student can work on whatever they're interested during my classes, whether they want to draw their favorite cartoon character from reference or animate their own original character to their favorite animation meme. My hope and mission is to successfully distribute my knowledge, skills and experience to anyone who wants to acquire them. I'm capable of a large range of improvements, from goals as hobbyists to more professional goals. I have successfully helped students get admitted into their desired art schools through portfolio preparation, as well as helped artists get their first gigs as freelancers. I can serve as a mentor for an artist's early years as a contractor. Lessons are taught through video calls where I always share my screen to clearly show my demonstrations in real time. Students may also share their screens if they are working digitally. If students work on paper or through a tablet like an iPad, they may take phone pics or screenshots and message/email them to me during class, or hold up their work on the webcam if it's high enough quality. For animation classes, students must use a laptop or desktop so that they can share their screens. This is the best way for me to view students' animations in real time. Thank you for your interest!

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Teaching since 2014

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Bachelor's in Fine Arts

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Avatar of the tutor
Emily S.
Teaches Online
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Master Digital Painting with Insane Tricks from a Digital Artist
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
*My scheduling availability isn't always accurate, as many students have their lessons with me every other week. My schedule is different from week to week, so it's best to at least pick a time with me and if it doesn't work, we'll make sure we schedule a lesson time that's convenient for both of us. If you need to schedule a lesson for a time sooner than what the TakeLessons calendar allows, you can always let me know and we'll most likely work something out for you. I specialize in digital painting, with my strength in commercial art (concept art, illustration, characters and environments.) Though I have used traditional painting media before, students would get the most out of classes with me if they work in digital media. Students often use Krita, Photoshop, Firealpaca, Paint Tool Sai or Clip Studio Paint on laptop/desktop with a tablet such as a Wacom. They otherwise often use Procreate on the iPad. I've recently been using Krita, which is free to download. My goal is to help students improve markedly and achieve their goals in painting. I can also help students build their portfolios, whether for magnet schools, colleges or job applications.
About Emily S.

*My scheduling availability isn't always accurate, as many students have their lessons with me every other week. My weekly schedule is often different, so it's best to at least pick a time with me and if it doesn't work, we'll make sure we schedule a lesson time that's convenient for both of us. I've been working professionally as an artist since 2009, making graphics and illustrations for clients and having worked for Disney Research for just over a year. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in 2012. I specialize in drawing/illustration, digital painting, and 2D hand-drawn frame-by-frame digital animation, mostly in the context of video games (with 2D graphics). Many of my drawing/animation students have been interested in drawing/animating animals, especially furry/anthro memes. I've helped students complete tiny looping animations, creating memes as well as short films. Each student can work on whatever they're interested during my classes, whether they want to draw their favorite cartoon character from reference or animate their own original character to their favorite animation meme. My hope and mission is to successfully distribute my knowledge, skills and experience to anyone who wants to acquire them. I'm capable of a large range of improvements, from goals as hobbyists to more professional goals. I have successfully helped students get admitted into their desired art schools through portfolio preparation, as well as helped artists get their first gigs as freelancers. I can serve as a mentor for an artist's early years as a contractor. Lessons are taught through video calls where I always share my screen to clearly show my demonstrations in real time. Students may also share their screens if they are working digitally. If students work on paper or through a tablet like an iPad, they may take phone pics or screenshots and message/email them to me during class, or hold up their work on the webcam if it's high enough quality. For animation classes, students must use a laptop or desktop so that they can share their screens. This is the best way for me to view students' animations in real time. Thank you for your interest!

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2014

Education

Bachelor's in Fine Arts

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 10+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Emily is an excellent animation tutor. My 10-year old daughter really enjoys working with her. She has a very straight-forward demeanor that drives towards real learning using no nonsense feedback that resonates with our young animator in a naturally motivational way. Emily has been extremely professional and helpful to us as we worked to get the right technical setup for her lessons. She is super detailed with amazing follow-up after every lesson and she always responds to questions. We are so glad that we found Emily on TakeLessons! Our daughter is more enthused than ever about animation and the skills that she has learned after these first five sessions with Emily!

Posted Oct 13, 2021
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Emily works well with my child who is a beginner. I was very impressed with the animation he created during his first lesson! We're looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Aug 20, 2021
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Very grateful. Very understanding

Posted Sep 26, 2020
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Freelance Artist
Sep 2012 - Present
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- create game graphics for clients (character animations, background imagery, objects, user interface designs) - illustration/concept art - digital painting - 2D animations - drawings
Artist Intern
May 2011 - Aug 2012
Disney Research Pittsburgh
- worked in Maya, rigging, animating, modeling and rendering - worked with motion capture data - created concept art - created miscellaneous 2D art/illustrations - made graphics for video games
Artist
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
V-teractive
- created 2D concept art for 3D modelers to model after - created 3D models with 3D Studio Max
Artist
Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
MegaNudge
- created all graphics for a video game - 2D animated characters - background images - title logo and UI
Bachelor's in Fine Arts
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Carnegie Mellon University
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Nominated Best Student Animation at AniMazing Spot Film Festival 2012- "Dinnersaurus Rex"
Aug 2012
AniMazing Spot
Dozzi Scholarship
May 2010
Carnegie Mellon University

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Painting
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Work hours
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Pricing
60 minutes
$80
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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