Teaching the digital painting class at SynStudio:
I’ve been teaching this class for 5 semesters.
The focus is on the fundamentals of painting (values, composition, color, etc.) to incorporate into digital art.
My purpose as a teacher is to “demystify” techniques and inspire intelligent practices to improve artistic skills over the duration of the course.
Mentoring with the Jeunes Volontaires program:
I act as a mentor to an aspiring writer/artist who wants to create a graphic novel about his perspective and experience with the student protests of 2012.
My goal is to teach him how to draw within a year so as to complete his novel.
I meet with him weekly after my class my SynStudio and we go over homework/exercices, etc.
Private teaching (volunteer):
I also teach another student (a tattoo artist that wants to improve his skills) at the same time.
I meet with him weekly as well (at the same time as the other student) to go over homework/exercises, etc.
Having both students who have different goals but starting with the same fundamentals creates an interesting dynamic where they both feed off each other.
I’m doing this because I had somebody mentor and help me out tremendously when I was just starting off my career and he always encouraged me to pay it forward.