- Hourly rate $35
- Response Time 9h
- Number of students 19
1st lesson free!
Professional artist giving online, personalized drawing lessons to those who want to learn the fundamentals and/or hone their skills!
- Los Angeles
Mariana is one of our best tutors Drawing. They have a high-quality profile, verified qualifications, a quick response time, and great reviews from students!
About the lesson
I've taught all ages and levels before, from people who wanted to draw or paint casually to others who wanted to apply for an art school. I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil and, over 25 years later, here I am.
I'll be teaching you the subjects I can see you have most difficulty with - be it figure drawing, perspective, concept art or even going back to fundamentals as a reminder. I do both traditional and digital art, so I can also teach you how to move from one media to another without fear!
I like to schedule the first lesson as a free lesson to help me know you better, talk more about your goals and see some of your work (if any). This helps me when preparing personalized art lessons for you, whatever your focus may be.
I should also mention that I have severe ADHD and I deal with it literally on a daily basis. However, I don't consider it a bad thing! Not only does that mean that I work harder than a lot of people out there, but also that I know how to deal with people who are in the same position as I am. I might even be able to teach tricks on how to take advantage of it! So if you're in the same boat, hop in and let's figure out together how to steer this business!
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Over 25 years! That's how long I've been playing around with art!
I got my diploma in Visual Arts in 2012, then immediately moved to the US in order to pursue my animation career. I spent 3 years there studying art and animation - Entertainment Design and Digital Production - in one of the best art/3D schools in the world, called Gnomon. I got my certificate in 2016, and I've worked as freelance illustrator for years. In 2018 I got hired by Treyarch to work as a character animator for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and, today, I work in the game and animation industry.
Even though nowadays I prefer having illustration and drawing as a hobby, nothing stops me from teaching it to other people. There's honestly nothing more satisfying than seeing someone improve with my help.
I should also mention that I've been diagnosed with severe ADHD. I don't consider it a bad thing, though; it only means that I work harder than anyone else, and that I learned how to trick that disability in order to make it an advantage instead. So if you have ADHD as well, do reach out and I'll be happy to help you out!
I hope to see you around!
Perfect! Mari was very clear and helpful with her recommendations and tips. She is very experienced and helped me to see things in a brand new way. I look forward working with her again in the future!
Perfect! Mariana is amazing, after only a few lessons I saw huge improvements in my drawings. Very Knowledgeable and professional.
- Mariana's response : I really enjoy these classes. It's really chill and go-at-your-own-pace kinda classes, and the fact that we both have ADHD makes things slightly... Interesting. All in all, great student who actually wants to learn and is willing to go the extra mile to complete exercises and homework despite having a busy schedule.
Perfect! Everything I am looking for in a teacher. Highly recommend for someone who is seeking fundamentals and a enjoyable way to engage in the act of drawing!
- Mariana's response : It's so nice to be able to teach someone who actually WANTS to learn and asks things out of sheer curiosity and hunger for knowledge. A very down-to-earth student, that's for sure!
Perfect! Girls absolutely loved the lesson, both of them learned and techniques and they had fun. Looking forward to weekly lessons.
- Mariana's response : I could see that both girls were really shy, but they both did what was asked of them. I could tell that Estelle has been drawing for a little bit longer while Allison is fairly new at it, but they both seemed curious about the activities I gave them.
I showed them some stretching and warm up exercises which they seemed to understand fairly quickly. I tried to always keep them in the loop about why we'd do the activities I proposed - such as judging their observational skills and creativity - and even managed to squeeze in a little bit of 1-point perspective at the end.
Estelle seems to be a bit more engaged than Allison, while Allison seems to be a bit more technical than Estelle, but they're both good girls.
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Mariana is a very supportive and excellent teacher. She is clear when explaining concepts and patient with any questions I had.
Mariana is wonderful! She is a very talented and versatile artist, and a very patient instructor.
As a friend Mariana has proved to be a kind and generous person, an attentive listener with a passion to support her friend's success. Her genuine and warm personality with the ability to take infomation and turn it into tackle-able goals as well as her ability for clear and consice instructions, would make Mariana an excellent a tutor. Anyone who worked with Marianna would find their goals achieved, gain confidence and have a wonderful experience while doing so.
Mariana is a smart and 'direct' teacher. Her explanation about a lesson is to the point and easy to follow and understood. Even for a non native English speaker like me. She's sweet but honest when she's giving you a constructive advice/critics. She's very patient teaching you from the very basic until advance lessons on your pace.
Mariana is an excellent drawing teacher. She gave me lessons while I was already in my 20s (and let me tell you...I don't have a 'gift'!) and was very patient. Thanks to her, I can now feel more confident with my doodles and drawings!
Mariana is the best instructor I have ever had. She's patient and super kind. She took her time to explain and helped me understand if I was having trouble. I definitely recommend her.
Mariana is a brilliant communicator. Her lessons really helped grow my understanding in art, and thanks to her guidance I am now able to do much more than I was before.
I have a hard time grasping some basic art / drawing concepts and Mariana has helped me understand them quite easily! She has great teaching skills and won't refrain from giving you her all to help you achieve your goals, so I absolutely recommend taking a class with her! Hands down.
Known her for a few years, has an excellent style of drawing. Years of experience and high quality art make her an amazing choice of tutor or teacher ready to help you get even better at your own art. Id recommend her to anyone that wants to learn from a professional in the art industry space.
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- 5h: $175
- 10h: $350
Find out more about Mariana
1) When did you start practicing? How did this passion find you?
Since I've been a little kid. One day I picked up the pencil and I never let go since. My mom tells me that I've done 2 "genius" projects when I was little; one was a paper sculpture of a garden when I was 5, and the other was a simple traditional animation of the Swan Princess' transformation back and forth when I was 8. I've even tried getting away from it professionally and got first accepted into a Computer Engineering major when I went to college, but after a year I knew it wasn't for me and that I had to do something art related. After that, it all snowballed and I can't see myself doing anything else.
2) Which artists or works affect you the most?
I have lots of artists who I admire a lot, and I couldn't possibly put them all into one place - but I can tell you some of the artists I can think of off the top of my head right now! Some of them are Alphonse Mucha, heikala, Yuumei, Jaw Cooper, Jean Giraud (aka Moebius), Posuka Demizu, Sybilline, Levitzo, Weiliwonka, George Bridgman, James Gurney... And much, much more.
3) What are the qualities and skills required to succeed in this area?
Discipline. That beats anything else.
Honestly though that's kind of the pot calling the kettle black hahaha. I struggle with severe ADHD and routines are not a thing in my world, so it's always been super hard to keep up with my self studies; never managed to draw something every day on a sketchbook, for example. HOWEVER! I do believe that if you TRULY want to be good at it, and you REALLY want to learn, then you should be able to adapt to your ways and do it without having to follow the traditional, standard "rules" that society dumps on your back (such as the drawing everyday thing). Basically... If you really want it, then go after it.
4) What is the most valuable advice you can give to help someone stay focused on creative projects?
Don't wait to draw and do creative stuff only when creativity and inspiration strike you, do it even when you don't really feel like it (even if it's a 5 minute thing). Usually if you just sit down and start doing said thing, you'll kinda get in the mood and end up going with the flow, and then suddenly 5 minutes turn into 10 which turn into half an hour, and then suddenly 4h have passed and what is time
You don't have to force yourself to draw something every single day, but it's good to at least try to consume some material related to art a couple of times a week - be it reading articles, watching tutorials or even going on drawing streams.
5) How would you describe your passion; how does it make you feel?
It's a double edged sword, really. I love being able to draw, and I love being able to put down things on the paper that otherwise other people would never be able to see unless I described it to them. I do have some trauma related to art school however, and sometimes it burns me out super fast, but I'm slowly recovering and working on it.
All in all, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Maybe some really good cake. But that's a story for another day.
6) What creative achievements are you particularly proud of?
I've done some really good detailed work with an awkward perspective that I'm super proud of
As for life achievements, I've been accepted and graduated from one of the top art schools in the world, all while not having been diagnosed with ADHD yet and STILL having been able to nail it. I've also been able to work at Treyarch (aka Activision) for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 as an animator, and that was one of the best experiences I could've ever asked for in my life.
7) Have you ever been surprised by a student; by their ability or quick progression?
Yes, all the time.
I might be biased, but my own boyfriend is one of those people! I've been teaching him a bit lately how to draw since he's always wanted to do it, and he's been improving at impossible rates. Hell, I'm jealous of how easy he grasps concepts and puts them to use. He still has a lot of things to learn obviously, but I like to think that he has a great teacher hahaha!
8) Being a Superprof is an art! What is your secret?
Lots of time management, for sure. Gotta be able to rearrange students here and then if you wanna pick up more classes and find more students. But you get used to it!
Something that also helps is having a basic standard class plan that would work for most students, and adjust it accordingly as you learn more about each student.