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Tiffanie Mang Online Mentorship

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Program Overview
Follow a professional workflow and sharpen skills with art director and color key artist Tiffanie Mang.

Enjoy a regular weekly schedule of personalized critiques and lectures in a small group class setting of no more than 12. 

This is a great program for individuals who want to develop careers as visual development artists in animation, or traditional artists interested in developing new techniques to improve  their traditional paintings.
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Standard Mentorship Teaching Sample
Interactive Learning
4 Weekly LIVE classes per month. Students will be sorted into two groups: Standard & Advanced (Scroll below for more details on both groups)

Personalized Feedback
Receive critiques on class assignments and relevant personal projects in live sessions.

Complete the Program
Enroll at the beginning of the program, and enjoy the companionship of a steady group of peers who complete the program by your side. 
Advanced Mentorship Critique with Lashia Lee
Teaching Example 

Tiffanie will offer you personalized directions and critiques in a small group setting over Zoom to strengthen your weaknesses using a rotation of lessons, demos and critiques.

You will complete and submit assignments on a weekly basis before each live session.
Student Critiques
Critique Example
In critiques, Tiffanie accurately pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of each student so that she can best guide them on what exercises to focus on and get better at. Tiffanie will ensure all of her students develop expertise in fundamental art principles as well as confidence in advanced techniques.

The work and assignments you do with Tiffanie each week will carry over into your personal work and help you to develop a professional portfolio.

Mentorship Details

Follow in Tiffanie's footsteps and pave your own path to success! Get ready to sharpen your skills in painting through weekly live lectures, demos, assignments, guest speaker lectures and group critiques. With a curriculum tailored to meet real industry needs,  Tiffanie has honed her undergraduate studies and work experience to offer you a result-driven mentorship experience. 
Applicants will be sorted into two groups: the Standard Mentorship and Advanced Mentorship. Click on the plus signs below to learn more about each program offering.

Standard Mentorship Details

The standard mentorship is for artists who wish to reinforce their fundamental skills in digital painting  and find their voice as they create beautiful paintings. This is also a great program for artists seeking a career in the entertainment industry. Exercises and lectures are designed to help artists build confidence in using the visual tools they have at hand to paint personal pieces with confidence.

Format: This is a 4 month program. Each Session is Limited to 12 Students.
2 Hours Weekly Live Group Sessions/ Critiques/Class Recordings/ Bonus lectures/ Private Community Discussion.

Standard Tuition :
 $350.00 per month ($1,400.00 collected over a four month period)

Standard mentorship class times: 
Tuesdays 8:15-10:15 AM PST / 9:15-11:15 AM MST Class Begins July 2nd.
Thursdays 8:15-10:15 AM PST / 9:15-11:15 AM MST Class Begins July 11th.

Applications open! Classes begin the 1st week of July 2024.

Advanced Mentorship Details

The advanced mentorship is reserved for advanced students who are interested in landing a job as a color designer in the animation industry. Students who apply must show a strong sense of fundamentals and be able to create images that tell a clear story with a palpable mood. Tiffanie will be working with students to refine their portfolio and create a cohesive body of work for studio jobs. Acceptance will be based on portfolios submitted, and selected students will be notified approximately 2 weeks before the start of class. Students who complete the advanced mentorship, and exhibit high quality work, can have their portfolios forwarded to recruiters.

Format: This is a 4 month program. Each Session is Limited to 12 Students.
2 Hours Weekly Live Group Sessions/ Critiques/Class Recordings/ Bonus lectures/ Private Community Discussion.

Advanced Tuition : $400.00 per month ( $1,600 over a four month period)

Advanced mentorship class time:
Wednesdays 8:15-10:15 AM PST / 9:15-11:15 AM MST Class Begins July 3rd.

*Advanced class is invitation only after portfolios
 have been reviewed*

Applications open! Classes begin the 1st week of July 2024.

Audited Mentorship Details

The Audited Standard Mentorship program is for students who enjoy working at their own pace, and are too busy to attend live classes. These students are usually fast learners. The Audited mentorship program does NOT include access to live classes, or mentor feedback. Students will have access to recorded classes as they occur in the standard mentorship as well as all applicable bonus lectures, bonus interviews, downloads, handouts and homework assignments. This program is only available at the discretion of Tiffanie Mang. 

Format: This is a 4 month program. Students may keep pace with the Standard Mentorship or work at their own pace.
Weekly Recorded Lectures/ Bonus lectures/ Sentient Community Discussion.

Audited Tuition : $98.00 per month ($392.00 over a four month period)

What if I can't make it to live sessions?

Each live session will be recorded and uploaded to the course for you to rewatch. At the end of the four month program, students will enjoy a fifth month free where they can rewatch all of the lectures and critiques from the live classes, plus any additional lectures and demos Tiffanie provides throughout the session.

What if I need to leave the program early?

This program is a commitment of four months. However, we understand that occasionally personal emergencies may prevent an artist from unexpectedly continuing with the program. If you are an artist enrolled in a mentorship program and need to end your enrollment, please email julie@sentientacademy.com

This should, however, be a worst case scenario as accepting one of the twelve seats in this program prevents another artist from participating. 

I'm interested in the Advanced program. How do I know if my work is good enough yet?

If you really want to be apart of the advanced program but aren't sure about the quality of your work, we would encourage you to apply regardless. It may be that Tiffanie feels you are a perfect fit for her Standard program. The Standard mentorship program is also an excellent place for artists to strengthen their skills and grow significantly. 

I am confused about how much this program costs!

We treat this mentorship like a subscription. The Standard program will require four monthly payments of $350 dollars each. The full price of the program is $1,400. 

The Advanced program will require four monthly payments of $400 dollars each. The full price of the program is $1,600. 

What if I only want to apply for the audited program?

The audited program is only available at the discretion of Tiffanie. She may not always choose to run the audited program, and she may only open a limited number of seats. When you apply for the mentorship, you will have an opportunity to specify which program you are applying for. We will let you know which enrollment option will be available to you after you apply.


Understand the tools in your Visual Toolbox

How can you use the tools of line, shapes, masses, values, textures, and edges to best tell your visual story?

Basics of Digital Art Making

Learn the basic tricks and tools of photoshop to create a successful workflow with your paintings. 

How to Start Storytelling with Your Work

Learn how to compose and design around a narrative.

Standard Mentorship

Problem Solve and Redesign

After studying the masters and doing plein air studies, practice refining your studies into more cinematic paintings and learn how to apply different styles.

Creating Mood with Color and Light

How does light and color work and how is that pushed cinematically in films? Learn how to sell a specific mood and time of day in a piece using Photoshop tricks and tools.


Develop a Professional Workflow

Learn how to create beautiful work with speed and confidence. 

Industry Ready Portfolio

Develop a body of professional work that sets yourself apart.

Career Advice

Be guided by an active pro who can help you connect with industry professionals.

Advanced Mentorship

Learn How to Refine Your Own Work

Develop a critical eye for refining your own work to the next level.

Create Color Keys and Key Frame Illustrations

How would you interpret a story and design the color and lighting progression for a sample story and prompt? 
Past student

Joanne Tang

I've been studying with Tiffanie for a long time and her lessons have taught me so much. Before the mentorship, I only knew how to do photo studies, but I didn't have an in-depth understanding of color and lighting, nor did I know how to apply them into my own work.

Every lesson and homework in the mentorship has benefited me tremendously, and I'm now much more comfortable creating the images I want. I'm very grateful to have such a responsible and wonderful teacher like Tiffanie!
Past student

BenZhen Sung

When I'm outside now, I look at the clouds and buildings and marvel at the hue shifts, temperature changes, and value contrasts that I never noticed before! It's like another dimension to existence has been unlocked, and I am excited to apply my newfound knowledge to my work going forward.

Practically speaking, Tiffanie's mentorship curriculum is extremely robust. Tiffanie teaches that painting well and understanding light/color comes from an amalgamation of different kinds of study - plein airs, matrix studies, fine art master studies, film studies, personal experimentation, etc. She leads us into exploring all of these (at a pace tailored to each individual) and explains in her demos how she synthesizes insights from such varied experiences. Her consummate knowledge of her craft is apparent in her ability to field all kinds of questions, helping both beginners and more advanced students.

Additionally, she constantly role-models curiosity and the desire to improve. This passion and humility makes her a uniquely inspiring teacher...her confidence gradually translates into your own. I could not more highly recommend her mentorship to anyone looking to become a better painter and artist!
PAST student

Clara Ryu

Tiffanie has been instrumental in my artistic progress. As a self-taught painter, I didn't quite understand how light worked nor how important shapes were to a painting.

I recently landed a concept art job with Walt Disney Imagineering, and I believe without Tiffanie this could not have happened at all.

My art has immensely progressed to the point other people started consistently commenting on my progress.

I am excited to continue my studies and self-development with Tiffanie and grow further as an artist!
PAst student

Jesus Lebron Arellano

I've been looking for a mentorship that would push me to get to that next level in my art, and I found it in this mentorship. Not only that, now I feel that I have a clearer objective in what I want to become as an artist. That's one of the things I'm loving from this mentorship, not only the in-depth aspect of the lectures but the inside and inner working of a new way of thinking that Tiffanie wants us to acquire and how to appreciate the art of the master painters.

Every class I take I feel like I opened a new door of possibilities with all the new knowledge that is brought. That you see me each week trying and experimenting how to utilize this knowledge in my daily paintings and how to improve them. The Notan studies and Grids were game changer for me, I find myself organizing and designing in a more proficient way. I'm super excited to see what's next. Thank you Tiffanie, you're a great mentor.
past student

James Couture

Throughout my artistic journey, I've had countless different art teachers and mentors, both in & out of art school. But never have I had someone break down & teach painting the way Tiffany did. With in-depth lectures, comprehensive demos, and great feedback, she opens doors to new ways of thinking about value, light, and color.

I've found a tremendous amount of growth in my work, even over a short amount of time. I couldn't recommend Tiffanie's mentorship more to anyone who's looking to improve their painting skills, either traditionally or digitally! Thanks for being such an amazing mentor!

Student Gallery: Standard Mentorship

Student Gallery: Advanced Mentorship

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Marina Tykul | Standard Mentorship Student
Nataly Dorofeeva | Standard Mentorship Student
Victor Ha | Standard Mentorship Student
Viacheslav Spirian | Standard Mentorship Student
Liubov Shamanin | Standard Mentorship Student
Marina Tykul | Standard Mentorship Student
Jade Vander Zalm | Advanced Mentorship Student
Jesus LeBron
Jade Vander Zalm | Advanced Mentorship Student
Claudia Yu | Advanced Mentorship Student
Lucia Garces | Advanced Mentorship Student
Janna Van Vliet | Advanced Mentorship Student
Leon Chen | Advanced Mentorship Student
Jade Vander Zalm | Advanced Mentorship Student

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