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Marie B.
Glendale, California
While studying Fashion Design at FIDM, I discovered a passion for fashion illustration. I can help you with your fashion illustrations, drawing an elegant figure with the "9 heads" technique, and drawing beautiful, draped garments, with color and texture, and defining the silhouette. I will introduce you to rendering the drawings with water color, color pencils, and markers. You can mix all the different media to achieve richer, more colourful patterns and textures. Also, we will study different hair styles and how to draw different hair textures, and let's not forget about shoes for your figures.
About Marie B.

***NOTE: I am moving soon, so I will not take any new long term student. If you need only one or a few lessons for a specific technique, or project, I can still be of assistance.*** I have worked in Animation for over 20 years, from traditional 2D animation to computer, initially in Canada, in Montreal, more precisely. In '97, I was hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studio to train their animators on the computer. I taught computer animation software, mainly Maya, and Photoshop to hundreds of talented artists here in Burbank. I was also creating and writing teaching materials, so I am well versed in Word, and Illustrator. My other passion is Fashion Design. I am a Fashion Design graduate from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). I studied Fashion so I could make my own patterns. I have been sewing for over 30 years and just love creating clothing or costumes for my children and I, with commercial patterns or my own patterns. I am pretty crafty, really good at modifying patterns, and I have a great knowledge of fabrics. I love fashion illustration and the whole process of creating a line. I really enjoy teaching, and after years of teaching animation software, I craved teaching something more hands-on, and I have been enjoying teaching sewing and fashion design. It is rewarding to pass on a skill that used to be taught from generation to generation, but that less and less people are learning nowadays. Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

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Teaching since 1995


AA Fashion Design

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English, French

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A very patient and knowledgeable teacher

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She’s really easy to work with, very knowledgeable, just a pleasure.

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Great lesson and I learned a lot!

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Fashion Designer/Seamstress
Apr 2016 - Present
I have been working as a freelance designer, making garments, from patterns all the way to sewing the samples for a children's line start-up. I am currently working on a capsule contemporary line for women's . I am also developing a small accessories collection for women made of recycled vintage kimonos, and exotic fabrics.
Sewing Teacher
Nov 2015 - Present
I am providing private sewing lessons to adults and children. I have helped some students with their home decoration projects, and helped two students design and make their dog clothing line. I have a long-term students that want to learn how to make their own garments, adjust their patterns, or make their own designs and patterns. I have been teaching beginner sewing lessons to kids, including how to use and thread their sewing machine, and make fun projects from stuffed animals to clothing.
Senior Digital Training Specialist
Oct 1997 - Aug 2007
Walt Disney Animation Studio
I assed the training needs of productions, and designed, and taught customized lessons for all of the animation departments on commercial software such as Maya, Photoshop, Harmony, and Shake. I worked with the software department to write documents and tutorials for their proprietary software, and taught group classes, and one-on-one as needed on different productions. I trained new employees so they can get up and running with in-house software and plug-ins. I also trained traditional Animators to animate on the computer.
Training Specialist
Jan 1997 - Sep 1997
National Animation and Design Center (Canada)
Taught one-on-one classes for industry professional in Montreal. Trained game animators at the late game company Psygnosis in Liverpool (later SCE Studio Liverpool).
Training Specialist
Oct 1995 - Dec 1996
Softimage (Canada)
Developed Softimage's training material and turorials. Lead trainers training and certification sessions in Asia for Softimage vendors in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Tokyo, Japan, as well as in Los Angeles, Atlanta and at Vancouver Film School.
Ink and Paint Lead
Jun 1993 - May 1994
CineGroupe (Canada)
Supervised the scanning and computer Ink and Paint day team. Input camera moves in the Xsheet and integrated layers of 3D renders with 2D drawings using PixiBox Pegs on an animated television show "L'Aventure de L'Écriture".
Ink and Paint Artist/ Colorist/ Color Models
Jan 1987 - Dec 1995
Pascal Blais Studio, Michael Mills Studio, Cinar (Canada)
Worked freelance: painted animation cells, creating color models, mixed paints and did the color check for various animated TV commercials and animated series episodes (The Little Lulu Show).
AA Fashion Design
Sep 2000 - Jul 2002
Fashion Institute of Design and Mercandising
Certificate in Computer Animation for Film and Television
Jan 1995 - Sep 1995
National Animation and Design Center, Montreal, Canada
Native Proficiency
Native Proficiency
Life Coaching Certification
Mar 2014
Life Mastery Institute

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Teaches 3 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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