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So, I'm considering opening up the possibility of providing a very specialized form of mentoring next year. This would have limited slots (maybe 4 people) but extremely focused for specific software.  This will possibly cover most current versions of Painter, but will include Paint tool SAI and Studio Paint options since their brush categories and handling are similar but limited. Its a bit limited finding resources for Painter programs and I want to help a bit.

You can absolutely find good painter artists and tutorials online, but they aren't exactly focused and catered to your own needs. I am hoping to provide a way for people to have access to this. If no interest is shown, I will release them via gumroad or patreon maybe but they will not have personalization as an option.

The mentoring period will be possibly over 3 months with a one-time affordable rate and then a month to month option for continuing education. This will include skype and google options for conferencing twice a week, personalized feedback and redlines (paintovers), and a private forum through my domain for your submissions and correspondence with others and myself. I will have this information if and when this goes forward. I will not initiate this until the completed coursework is ready to go on my end.

Example, but not limited to:

Technical:
- Intro
- Program settings and performance
- Troubleshooting some known Painter issues and hurdles
- UI options and customization for heavy, minimal, and specific job workflows
- Custom brush sets catered for your own style
- Creating papers and brush styles yourself
- Sending you my own personalized settings and files

Artistic:
For traditional artists:
- I can help you customize painter defaults to mimic your personal style in a completely digital format

-Enhancing your traditional works with seamless accuracy. Example, my traditional pencils are corrected using Painters brush sets from time to time without appearing digitally altered. These brushes were created from my own drawings.

For digital artists
- I will break down most brush categories for you, showing you just a few possibilities you have for approaching digital painting

- How to enhance your favorite brush categories and create combinations of brush work.

- Broad style approaches. Cel, soft-cell, realism, ink, oil, watercolor, and pencil based style approaches. I've used painter with anime fan styles to my current one for over 10 years.

- Focused texture workflow and brushes. Examples: Fur and clothing materials. Landscapes, seascapes, cloudscapes. I have entire UI presets for these very specific things. Its VERY focused. 

-I will show you work in realtime with recorded video for mini tutorials that may not be a focus in the lectures for you to view on your own time.

- Other in depth coverage over painter's tools.


This will focus mostly a technical side of producing digital art in painting programs. Art fundamentals, and lessons focusing on light, color, anatomy and composition will be present during the lessons naturally, but they will not be the main focus.  I will provide you lists to respectable resources to supplement your learning as well as doing the best I can to cover these topics in a way that won't stunt your learning.

I prefer to give you the best at what I can provide. If I'm not good at architecture, you won't be getting architecture tutorials. Make sense?

Anyway, we'll see how it goes and whether Ill do it this way or another. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. 
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AzrialSkye Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I've been looking for a mentor that can teach me to better use Paint Tool Sai. I only recently switched from traditional to digital art. Do you have any vacancies in your roster?
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krhart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'll be making the announcement about it this coming week when I launch a patreon. The mentoring will be separate from that so I will note you personally. =)
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Ronron84 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Would Painter X be included in that?  It's what I've been using, and I know there's room for me to improve!
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krhart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
Sure. Painter X could be covered easily though I may have to check formats for the interfaces and custom brush importing. I remember sticking with X the longest up until X3
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EchoesLight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
I actually would really like to get into this. I have X3, but can't get over the lag of brushes over 200px large when photoshop can do 1000+ no problem. I'm pretty intermediate in digital art and Corel's brush setting panels frustrate me, yet I keep wanting to come back to it when I forget about that haha. Essentially my goals are to be able to restore bad photographs of my late mother's paintings into larger file resolutions and take my love of SAI painting to the next level with better customized brushes that Corel provides and intermix digital with traditional media.

How flexible are skype sessions in regards to scheduling? I'm on the west coast so 10am EST is 7am for me.

I don't check DA very often, is there some way to get notice when you're open through social media? Or can I just get my name on a waitlist?
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legrosclown Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's sounds really cool but unfortunatly, I've never used Painter, Studio paint or even Paint Tool Sai. I've always use Photoshop and that's what I'm most comfortable with. Would that be a problem?
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krhart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Its mostly a paint program resource since there are an overwhelming amount of Photoshop resources already available! If I decide to do Patreon, which I might have to do anyway, it'll probably have everything instead with separate tier for Painter people.
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CaptainXiamber Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be amazing.  When would it be?(summer, spring?) If it's in the summer I'll definitely have to save up
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krhart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
It will probably start spring, and open up again in the summer if its successful! Thanks for your support in the idea!
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CaptainXiamber Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
You're welcome
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CuteVyper Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Those three months lessons could be like in summer?
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krhart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ill probably do it more than once and update the lessons. So probably starting in spring, then again in summer etc!
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Kagisnad Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
i have a quick question, i am considering switching to using painter
in paint tool sai you can rotate the canvas while you work like your would a piece of paper, with shortcuts [for me they are del and pg down]. i use this a lot because it is instant [not like a transformation would be].

is it possible to configure such mobility in painter too?? or any other programs than SAI?
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krhart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yep. I also made a little UI window the size of my thumb with buttons specifically for rotation and orientation since i need to be without keyboard and wacom buttons sometimes.
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Kagisnad Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
oh! then i will certianly be switching over to painter, thank you for the information! :)
do you have an idea of how much the mentoring might cost? i would be interested. ^^
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krhart Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm figuring it out at the moment. I don't feel comfortable charging unless I know the scope of the work Ill have to do. Ill probably have a solid figure next week when I can see the entire scope of interest. It probably won't be as much as the usual (schoolism, cubebrush) since it's very small.
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Kagisnad Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
i understand, thank you. :) i have tried painter yesterday and it may take me a while to get used to it, because i looked around but found no way to map moving the canvas to the arrow keys like in sai, have i missed something?

i uh, i also really wanted to say that you are one of my favorite artists. i love everything from sketches to paintings.. thank you so much for your art. <3
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krhart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
haha thanks. Flattery gets you answers!  Here ya go! Hope this is what you mean.
krhart.com/wips-1/
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Kagisnad Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
i wanted to tell you that unrelated to program talk, but i didn't muster up the courage before. >..< i'm really kind of intimidated by your art, in a good way. ever since i saw it i have been striving to get closer to your mastery.

thank you. ^^ yes i have done that setting and it is helping me tremendously, however the one that i miss is native to sai i believe as it does not appear in the keyboard shortcuts setting. which is, pressing the arrow keys will nudge the canvas in the direction corresponding to the key. i've looked around there for a setting that will nudge the canvas as such, or even remapping space [which grabs the canvas ans tuff] but i couldn't find it so i am assuming it is also native? that's the only reason i'm iffy on switching over, i paint with my left hand over my keyboard in the arrows area and use those two shortcuts a lot [the arrow keys and rotating], and by a lot i mean ALLL THEEE TIME.
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krhart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hmm I've never personally worked that way. If its possible I haven't tried it. Ill report back if I discover anything while working later.  The space bar is of course the default for the canvas grabber which I personally have never modified, sorry!  You must be very precise with repositioning haha.

And no need to be intimidated. ^^;  I've been pretty open in the past about my own struggles with things and sometimes and used to hide away. Just know you can and and will get to where you need to be.
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Outerspacien Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
(Also Ms.Marvel is the shit)
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krhart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
It is!
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Outerspacien Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Wow! This sounds incredibly interesting! I'm curious about what you'd be looking for in mentees?

-Lexi
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krhart Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oouuu I should probably put that in there somewhere.  Thanks! Ill put it here also.

Basically I'd look for a decent starting aptitude for digital software.  I'd like for people to have some basic experience using any digital software. It doesn't have to be painter as there will be a thorough intro to getting started for complete newbies. This way I don't have to use time to cover things such as installing program files and troubleshooting basic computer use.  

Acquiring the software for yourself. I can't provide it.

Having reasonably updated computer hardware to do heavy file work. Not 3D heavy, but multitasking between programs later on. There are optional painter add-ons for photoshop for effects brushes.

A desire to want to continue working traditionally alongside digitally or wanting to transition in some aspect from traditional to digital or vice versa.

Decent art skills are a bonus, but not completely necessary.  As this is more of a technical class with supplemental art instruction, it will be targeted to most skill levels. However, if some students don't have the aptitude for art on a decent enough level, they may not get the best out of the lessons and Ill have to pass them over.

Ability to be consistent in learning. Able to put in a few hours a week to putting out work. Ill decide on assignments after the initial interest is assessed. I gave up painter 3 or 4 times when I started and it requires a bit more patience to get into a groove of using for some users. Milage may vary, but the software has stabilized immensely since then and I feel is far easier than it used to be.

Hope this helps!
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