Due to the high interest of Shadowness members in starting a mentor program, here is a how-to document explaining how to get started and lists of both mentors and students up for grabs!
How it works:
One member will mentor another member (student). The two will decide among themselves how it is going to be accomplished. Try to decide how many sessions you should do, and how long each session should be. Please be respectful of one another’s time and meet your commitments. Respect is Key to creating a good mentor-student relationship. Someone who decides to be a mentor can have as many students as they feel they can take on. Each student can only be mentored by one member at a time, please.
We think this can benefit both the student and the mentor since it requires one to look with a new eye at your art and/or someone else’s art. Mentoring is a great learning process!
What the ‘Love & Support’ group will do:
Just to make sure everything goes smoothly in the contact between mentor and student, I will contact both sides during the mentorship to ask how it goes. Please do not hesitate to contact me, /Caja , if things aren't going as they should. I will also make sure the list is up to date with new mentors and students.
How to join the mentor program:
If you want to mentor you just write a note in the group comments or contact /Caja with your information. Please state the following in your message:
1. Art field(s) you are fluent in
2. Things you can help with:
If you wish to be mentored, please write in the comments or contact /Caja with your information. Please state the following in your message:
1. Art field(s) that you wish to learn more about
2. Techniques, ideas, software, etc. that you need help with
The list of both mentors and students will be updated regularly, so check in the group posts once in a while. If you do not wish to be on the list any longer, please leave a notice in the comments or contact /Caja for removal. If you are participating in a mentorship as a student your name will be removed from the list, however, you can always ask for it to be replaced when your mentorship is complete.
NOTE: You do not need to be in the list to take on a student or ask a possible mentor for mentorship BUT you have to contact /Caja if you start a mentorship with someone.
How to start a mentorship:
You go to the person's page and ask if they wish to be your student or mentor, if the person says yes you contact /Caja with the good news!
List of mentors:
Name:/ChristianHammer Art fields: Digital media, from animation to digital painting. I am the creative director for a digital media agency, we do web->video->print. Can help with: I would say my strongest area is in Digital Painting. So Formal design and process. I've been using Photoshop since version 1 and can really help people with speeding up their process using it.
Name:/erocsteady Art fields: Photography, Film, Illustration, Graphic design Can help with: Photography [Digital]: Basic camera functions, Fundamentals of photography (ISO, Exposure, etc), Post work: (editing, color manipulating, how to make what one things is a bad photo into something tasteful/semi-useable). Film: Every aspects of it (pre, production, post), Equipment help, Conception/Inspiration,Pre/Post Production Programs (FCP, AE, etc.). Illustration: Conception, Typographic Elements, Color (usage), Photoshop and Hand-drawn. Graphic Design: Conception, Typographic Elements, Color (usage) and Programs (Photoshop, etc.).
Name:/Soulspline Art fields: oil painting - digital painting - pencilling (comic creation) Can help with: inspirations and shadowness site? :)
Name:/NicolineK Art fields: I may not be fluent, but I know a few valuable hints within drawing. Can help with: I can help with traditional work. Preparing a reference photo, proportions and guiding lines for the head and how to approach a new project.
Name:/LUX Art field: Photography Can help with: Basic Knowledge of Camera Settings and Equipment (Lens, Tripod, Remote), Composition, Post Processing "editing Noise, color, image repair" Plugins, and Printing.
Name:/wagner Art field: Digital Art. Can help with: Composition, photo retouching, concept thinking, final creation.
Name:/Szymonsobanski Art field: Digital Art, photography and design Can help with: High end photo retouching, concept thinking, digital photo-manipulation and digital photography (all aspects)
Name:/LucaMolnar Art field: Digital Art Can help with: Tons of stuff. Illustration, typography, digital painting techniques and also with career advice.
Name:/alf0322 Art field: Vector illustration, and digital art (painting), traditional art (watercolor, gouache, acrylic... well, any water based medium actually.) I am working as an illustrator since 2003 and children books illustrator since 2008. Can help with: Vector illustration, digital painting as well as traditional, especially about illustration for children.
Name:/annamarine Art field: Traditional and digital art. Can help with: I can tell beginner artists how to improve their technique, how to turn hobby into real job, how to believe in their selves. I can share my story how I became a professional artist and what I did for that.
List of students that wish to be mentored
Name:/liberteez Art field: graphic design Need help with: photoshop techniques
Name:/Ewyn Art field: graphic design Need help with: willing to learn anything, need help improving skills
Name:/Joe Art field: Photography Need help with: post processing techniques
Name:/ChristianHammer Art field: concept art Need help with: Taking it to the next level. Creating Higher impact images.
Name:/Polar-Bear Art fields: photo manipulation and vector Need help with: proper manipulating techniques and vector improvement; what should I include in vectoring.
Name:/erocsteady Art field: vector graphics Need help with: Photoshop (getting my chops back, styles, etc.), Photography (more practice really, technique, etc.) and Adobe Illustrator (I'm terrible with it. Hardly know it) And if anyone out there has any typography skills I'd like to vamp mine up ten-fold.
Name:/born2model Art fields: Modeling and Sculpting. Need help with: I would like to learn proper muscular anatomy, a proper work flow for a complete production of a character, the software that I use are Maya and Zbrush.
Name:/musabenedetta Art fields: digital art and literature Need help with: basic drawing skills, and eventually other traditional media techniques.
Name:/nirveshverma Art fields: graphic design,sketching,image digitalization,hig-end vfx,photgraphy Need help with: Photoshop,illustrator,3dsmax,cinema4d,post processing,etc
Name:/Enigmare Art field: Web Design Need help with: Learning html and css so that I can code my web designs.
Name:/Alis Art field: Human anatomy and portrait Need help with: Digital realistic painting with photoshop
Name:/Isabelle Art field: Digital art Need help with: Learning the ropes of colouring digitally, especially shading & lighting.
@7Shadows: It will come, we have a few who is working together, I'm going to check in with them soon :)
@Kachinadoll: Glad to hear that! You are most welcome to join in on our mentor program if you'd like.
/nirveshverma is a new student up for grabs if you know a little about photoshop, 3dmax and such things ;D Go take a look in the list! You don't have to sign up to take on either a mentor or student :)
/mynti - Excellent, if you have time later on please do check the student list and see if you can take someone on :) /RehanKhan - Great, looking forward to your participation. /hel999 - Glad to hear, I will write it down and check in with both of you in a couple of weeks to see how it's going ♥ Feel free to take someone on or to sign up as a mentor!
/CreativeOne - Thanks! /hel999 - well, they have signed up to get a mentor and all of them are hoping for someone to contact them and you can always ask and see just as you did with CH. If you wish to sign up as a mentor then instructions are above in the article, just send me the form filled in a PM :)
/MyAmbeon - you're welcome to either find a mentor in the list (please do tell me if you find one and it accepts to be your mentor) or sign up as a student by filling in the form and send it to me in a PM.
/Shane sorry for my late reply! There are several of them who work with web/graphic design so go and check with them to see if one of them wants to. Remember you can only have ONE mentor and you need to tell me who :)
@B-Rye Contact any of the mentors that can offer help with that. Please do tell me if you start a mentorship!
@ArwenGernak Thank you! :D Well, just as B-Rye, just contact any of the mentors that you seem to find fitting to learn from. Tell me if you start a mentorship. :)