Ready to Level Up? Work Hard? Work Smart? Take Risks?
Join me in an 8 week Painting mentorship!
Please note: All slots for both mentorships for 2021 are full. Please check back later this year for openings in 2022-2023!
My signature mentorship program for digital and gouache painting helps emerging and seasoned artists solve the frustration of creating paintings that lack emotion, structure, and harmony. By enrolling in my program, you will walk away with a renewed understanding of the fundamentals in painting so you can confidently create images that tell stories with intention.
Nowadays when it is possible to create paintings through traditional and digital means, the world of art has expanded into even wider bounds with the variety of tools. However, some artists find it daunting to mix colors with a physical brush, while others find the numerous techniques and shortcuts the digital world offers overwhelming. Both ways of creating artwork are just tools at your disposal to manipulate and create beautiful artwork if you have the right fundamentals. After all, the tool is only as good as the craftsman. Understanding the relationships in drawing, value, composition, and color until it is embedded in your brain is the framework for developing your unique artistic voice. I am not teaching you to paint in a certain style; I am training you to master the tools you have at hand to unlock your full potential and create pieces that sing from within.
To this year (2021) I have mentored more than 45 students from quite literally all around the world!
About the Digital Mentorship
The digital mentorship is designed to leave students feel like they effectively use the tools the painting application offers to create a painting without being technically hung up. Whether you are a beginner or advanced digital painter, the exercises given will be rooted in the fundamentals of drawing, value, color relationships, composition, edges, and texture to improve your skills from the ground up, not in fancy techniques or complex workflows. I will also be encouraging students to do digital plein air studies to sharpen their observational skills.
About the Gouache Mentorship
The gouache mentorship is for students who are passionate about gouache and are looking to unlock more of what this medium has to give. Throughout this mentorship, I will encourage mentees to sharpen their observational skills through plein air studies and master studies with uniquely designed exercises that will help you get better at gouache painting from the ground up. I emphasize fundamentals over technique first, so that when you have the fundamentals under your belt, you can explore different ways of handling gouache with controlling the amount of water and paint you use!,
Here's more of a breakdown!
Both mentorships are limited to 5 spots per term. Spots are filled first come first serve.
Both mentorships are all online.
Each curriculum will be customized to fit each student at their skill level and specifically designed to target what each mentee wants or needs to improve on the most.
This mentorship is open to beginning, intermediate, or advanced artists who are looking to get an intensive and customized 8 week mentorship with personalized feedback sessions, paint-overs, and demos.
The digital mentorship is primarily focused on digital painting so it is aimed for artists who mainly wish to improve their digital painting skills. If you want to work on some gouache work, that is possible, but the focus will be digital!
The gouache mentorship will solely focus on gouache painting (not watercolor, not oil, not acrylic). Therefore if you apply, know that the goal will be to work on your traditional painting skills in gouache. Please note: the requirement for applying for the gouache mentorship is that you have at least 3 months of experience with gouache. I will not accept students who have never used gouache before.
The Digital Mentorship is for You If you are...
Beginner: A current high school or college student who is looking to get a deep dive into mastering the legwork and fundamentals of how to build a successful painting from the ground up. We will build up your skills from the inside out, so that you can create your own paintings with the confidence you always wanted.
Intermediate: A current student or artist in the industry who is experiencing an art block, and not sure how to get out of it! We will work together to determine exactly what is holding you back, and tackle those specific shortcomings with uniquely designed exercises to unravel your questions.
Advanced: An experienced working professional who is fizzled out by the mundane 9-5 schedule and has lost your art fuze and inspiration. This 1- on-1 program will challenge you out of your comfort zone and switch up your workflow so that you can create fresher paintings from a unique perspective.
The Gouache Mentorship is for you If you are...
Beginner: You have worked with gouache before and know you love the medium. However, your paintings are still lacking the fundamentals and you want to deep dive into mastering the legwork and fundamentals of how to mix colors, control water, and build up paintings with proper value and composition.
Intermediate: You have painted with gouache for a few years now and want to expand your knowledge of what the medium can do. You want to experiment and get guidance on how to explore the versatility of the medium while continuing to solidify the fundamentals.
Advanced: You have painted in gouache for many years now, and you want to switch up your workflow. Perhaps you want guidance on how to hone in on a specific area such as color mixing, texture, or edges, and want to dedicate yourself to focusing on a specific struggle in the mentorship.
What Can You Expect?
Both mentorships will have 1.5-2 hrs hours of 1-on-1 weekly feedback on homework, which includes, but is not limited to, critiques and paint overs. There will also be a lesson embedded in each feedback. All feedback sessions will be recorded so students can refer back to the videos.
Both mentorships will feature 4 live demos throughout the term in a virtual classroom setting. These demos will be designed to address the students’ questions and struggles as a whole. In these classroom demos, students can virtually meet each other as well. All live demos will be recorded for the students to keep.
Both mentorships will have 3 guest speakers per term from the film and fine art industry who will be invited to come talk about their own artistic journey and professional experience working in the industry.
Be Ready to Work Hard.
I am looking for students who are:
serious about taking their digital or gouache painting skills to the next level.
willing to work hard and constantly push themselves.
willing to put in a minimum of 10 hours of painting each week.
ready to ask the right questions.
willing to not only work hard, but work smart.
willing to be pushed out their comfort zone.
willing to take risks and make mistakes to learn.
What do you need for the digital Mentorship?
For this mentorship it is required that you have:
– a computer, iPad, or Cintiq
– a drawing tablet (Bamboo, Wacom) or drawing pencil for iPad
The primary program I use is Adobe Photoshop, which is what I recommend. However, you can also use other programs such as Procreate, Infinite Painter, Heavy Paint, Fresco, Art Rage, or whatever painting app you have at the moment.
What do you need for the gouache mentorship?
“I absolutely loved working with Tiffanie during my mentorship. I especially appreciated the way she curated my time with her to specifically help with my needs as an artist, and took the time to really try and answer all my questions thoughtfully. As an animation industry professional used to a more systematic way of approaching an image, her fine arts perspective enormously helped me get out of my comfort zone so that I can propel myself into the next level of my artistic journey.”
— Diana Ling, Los Angeles, Digital Mentorship 2020
“Tiffanie’s eight week gouache mentorship was an enjoyable, challenging, educational and enlightening experience. Tiffanie is a friendly, generous and approachable teacher who explains theory and concepts very well. Her guidance and feedback on the weekly tasks has provided me with an understanding of value, colour and temperature that I didn’t previously have. With her help, I have not only improved but I now also have a structure and a broad range of exercises to help me continue my development. I can’t speak highly enough of Tiffanie’s mentorship program, if you are willing to put in the work, Tiffanie can help take your skills and knowledge to the next level.”
— Darren Frisina, Australia, Gouache Mentorship 2020
“Tiffanie Mang’s mentorship really pushed me to my limits. I have always struggled with color and composition, but now I feel more confident to apply it to my illustrations after taking her intensive course. She teaches not only fundamentals in art, but also inspires you with her extensive knowledge of techniques and wisdom from master painters. I have learned a lifetime full of lessons packed into 8 weeks and recommend anyone who wants to propel their art skills to another level to take her mentorship.”
— Albert Lim, 2020, Los Angeles, Digital Mentorship 2020
“Tiffanie Mang’s 1-on-1 mentorship is more than I could have imagined. My gouache course had ample references and visual discoveries for each topic. Tiffanie is keen to write a personal script for your artwork each week. Tiffanie values ( a topic she likes) you as an artist. Her goal is to help you hang your star a little higher! Well done, Tiffanie!”
— Susan Hall, Washington, Gouache Mentorship 2020
“Taking the mentorship with Tiffanie has been a catalyst to my learning and I feel that I have been guided to grow a lot and battle through some plateaus within the language of painting. Having gained a lot more confidence with applying color, I am looking forward to developing my skill set with excitement and less apprehension! ”
— Arthur Phillips, London, Digital Mentorship 2020
“Tiffanie is a very generous, giving, and caring teacher, and I was in a big art funk when I saw Tiffanie’s mentorship opening, and it was the best thing I could have done at the time! Tiffanie is an incredibly talented artist. I’d fallen in love with her work, so when I saw her mentorship opportunity I immediately went for it and I’m so glad! Tiffanie is a very patient teacher, and knows exactly how to bring out your artistic best. I can’t recommend it enough!”
— Beatriz Novais, Portugal, Digital Mentorship 2020
“Taking the gouache painting mentorship with Tiffanie Mang was like flickering bright lights suddenly starting to move towards me from the end of a dark tunnel, the dark tunnel being my journey learning to paint with gouache. Week to week Tiffanie’s painting exercises evolved based on my individual progress, and her 1on1 paint over sessions helped rewire my brain to SEE correct values, color tones, temperatures, saturation, shapes, clarity. At the end of the 8 weeks I can say that things are starting to click, I am now more confident and more mindful when painting with gouache or any other medium.
I look forward to applying what I learned in my upcoming paintings, and I can’t wait for spring term to take it to the next level.”
— Ameer Malkosh, Irvine, Gouache Mentorship 2020, 2021
“Tiffanie is a real mentor. She doesn’t want to impose her style on someone else, but is genuinely interested in helping them progress. That is true mentorship for me.
I can’t wait until everything clicks into place and I get beyond just painting the pretty picture.”
— Astrid Volquardsen, Germany, Gouache Mentorship 2021
“If you are looking for a mentorship with someone who cares and genuinely wants to see you succeed in art, I highly recommend this one. Tiffanie does much more than just critique a painting. She tailors lessons to your skill level and strategically plans to help you level up. I’ve left this mentorship with not just a portfolio piece, but also a study plan to keep on improving in the future.”
— Marie Trias, Los Angeles, Digital Mentorship 2021
“After taking two mentorships with Tiffanie my work has improved immensely. Her focus on the fundamentals has been paramount and she really helped me find my voice. Now I feel like I have direction and my work has purpose. Thank you Tiffanie!”
— Lindsey Serata, Los Angeles, Gouache Mentorship 2020, Digital Mentorship 2021
“My mentorship with Tiffanie really helped me to see some of what I was missing in my work to bring it to another level. You can never have enough foundation, and you can’t have a better teacher than Tiffanie for learning these concepts. I highly recommend this mentorship as Tiffanie has plenty of insights to share that would definitely help anybody looking to improve their painting skills!”
— Alex Chao, Japan, Digital Mentorship 2021
“I absolutely loved this mentorship program! Tiffanie is an incredible teacher. I had been struggling to get a handle on color and light for years and her lessons really built on each other to finally get me to understand what I had been missing. After completing her mentorship I feel like she has given me the tools to continue teaching myself and learning to become a better artist.”
— Maureen Saverot, Virginia, Digital Mentorship 2020
“As someone who works as a concept artist for video games and paints landscapes regularly, I was really feeling a need to level up and push myself to improve my paintings and professional work. I’m really glad I was able to attend Tiffanie’s first mentorship term. Not only did I paint an average of 15 paintings a week, I really got a lot out of our weekly discussions, not only on the practices of art, but even art theory, and just life in general. Tiffanie was able to see the things I was struggling with as a painter and focus on helping me fix the bad habits I’ve developed over the years to help me improve. I can’t recommend her mentorship enough.”
— Nathan Stapley, New York, Digital Mentorship 2020
“This isn’t just an online class; it’s a full-on mentorship. We had intense 1-on-1 painting sessions, and Tiffanie created an individualized plan specifically to help my growth as an artist. She is incredibly inspiring and has a great attitude for learning, and I definitely recommend this to anyone no matter your skill level.”
— Nao Tokunaga, Japan, Digital Mentorship 2020
“My time studying with Tiffanie was definitely time well spent. We took a trip through the fundamentals of painting and picture making that opened my eyes to things that had been missing in my work. She designed exercises to help me practice individual concepts and shore up some weaknesses. I highly recommend working with her, and I hope to do it again myself!”
— Chris Bradley, Los Angeles, Digital Mentorship 2020
Tiffanie is a great teacher who really stretched me to think about the foundations of picture making. The homework she set is rigorous and pegged to my understanding, intended to push my understanding in a particular concept. Her critiques are spot on and she never sells out, pushes me to try again with understanding. I truly appreciate how she created a tight mentorship jam packed with not just valuable 1 on 1 critique, but also demos and guest speakers to expose us and give us opportunity to ask questions to industry artists. I’ve learnt a great deal and done work beyond my expectation given that I have no digital background. Thank you Tiffanie!
— Eesock Ang, Singapore, Digital Mentorship 2021
Check out some student work below from both mentorships!