Natalia Poteryakhin is a story artist, cartoonist, screenwriter, and 2d animator. Growing up in a Russian immigrant family, she was raised on Soviet cartoons (and highly recommends you check out Fyoder Khitruk’s Winnie the Pooh on YouTube). She graduated the U of MN with an Art BFA and Film BA (and is always down to talk about how she learned the skills she needed outside the context of art school). She currently helps make original short content at MAKE Visual, an animation studio in downtown Minneapolis.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR TOOLS
Basic knowledge of the Adobe Suite (primarily Photoshop) and a digital drawing tablet.
A portfolio or gallery of your work (an art blog is fine like Insta or Tumblr), but no strict requirements beyond a desire to work on and complete a personal project under my guidance.
MENTORSHIP “TIME LIMITS”
Depends on the project proposed and your own rate of progress towards completion, but typically 3 months.
TYPE OF MENTORSHIP
Remote video calls over Discord once every two weeks, 30-45 minutes long, on a weeknight we determine to work for the both of us. Can also hopefully meet up in person depending on Covid and availability. Driven by your desire to work on a specific skill, create a portfolio piece, or something we decide on together after talking about your goals and interests. The mentorship’s success will depend on me being able to respond to work you present to me at each check-in, so being motivated to make work between meetings is key (and a desire to receive feedback!)
I draw/animate primarily in Photoshop, so might not be able to help too much regarding Toonboom Harmony, Animate, or 3d animation processes–but definitely can still critique underlying principles of animation, storytelling, etc.
This post was written by Patrick Schwalbe