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Joshua - Prof 3d modeling - Toorak
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  • (29 reviews)
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Jackie
« Perfect! Extensive knowledge of Blender and very willing to help with making... More »
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Jackie
« Perfect! Extensive knowledge of Blender and very willing to help with making models. Would highly recommend. »
$45/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 2h
Lesson formats available..
  • One-to-one
Lessons can be held..
Subjects taught
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Printing
  • Game Art Design
  • Autodesk Maya
Levels
  • All Levels

Blender and Maya artist gives lessons in modelling, sculpting, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, animating, lighting, rendering, and more.

Methodology

My approach to teaching and lesson planning is customisation. Every lesson is tailored to the individual student or group, whatever their current skill level and experience is in Blender 2.8+ or Autodesk Maya. From no prior knowledge to advanced but in need of refreshing, the structure of every lesson will be from the ground up, configured by the students' needs.
My teaching philosophy is patience and prudence in all things, that no one is a failure for not understanding something, and that help is to be always given when asked for.

All areas are covered, ranging across hard surface modelling, environment art, Grease Pencil, character creation (including modelling, sculpting, grooming, clothing, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, animating, lighting, and rendering), scene layout, cinematography, compositing, motion tracking, and video sequencing (note the last three are only possible in Blender, not Maya).

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualified and response guaranteed.
Joshua will plan your first lesson with care.

Background

I graduated from JMC Academy over two years ago, with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Game Design, and spent my time there mastering the entire production pipeline in Maya for not only myself, but to volunteer in assisting my fellow classmates and other undergraduates along the way. Solving problems and troubleshooting became something I did for anyone and everyone who needed help, and teaching while doing so simply came naturally thereon.
Over the past year or so, I've also been deep diving into Blender 2.8 and up, in order to thoroughly acquaint myself with its rather extensive pipeline. In particular, its node based shading and compositing editors for procedural texturing and post processing, motion tracking and video sequencing suite, and modifier stack for procedural/non-destructive modelling.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $45/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $200
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $400

Details

Last minute cancellations are fine, just please let me know at least an hour before the lesson or travel fees (if applicable) will still be charged.

Lesson formats available..
One-to-one
Lessons can be held..
at their place
at your place
Subjects taught
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Printing
  • Game Art Design
  • Autodesk Maya
Levels
  • All Levels

Joshua's CV

I have a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Game Design, as well as an earlier bachelor in creative and professional writing, and am a managing partner, 3D generalist, and assistant programmer of Desert Beagle, a recent indie game design and development startup. See an overview of our games here: (concealed information)

29 reviews on Joshua
  • 4.9/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Jackie

Perfect! Extensive knowledge of Blender and very willing to help with making models. Would highly recommend.

Joshua's response

Jackie's son, Ryan, has a crystal clear idea of what he wants to do and exactly how it needs to be done. An obviously whip smart boy with clear aspirations, Ryan has a bright future in game development ahead of him.

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Scott

Perfect! Joshua has an excellent knowledge of Blender. As a newbie but with a background in 3D I have found his lessons to move me forward very quickly. He is able to answer all questions very clearly. Would highly recommend.

Joshua's response

Scott is highly self-motivated with a strong background in 3DS Max, making the transfer to Blender a smooth and speedy one. He clearly has a firm grasp of the principles, it's now merely a matter of mastering the new tools.

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Papaha

Perfect! I had a very peculiar mechanical shape that I am hoping to print and Joshua figured out how to take a 2D png and extrude it into an accurate 3D shape with some precise modifications. He was quite fast thinking on his feet with my unique requirements and requests. Definitely nice and clear to work with - I will be scheduling with him again.

Joshua's response

Papaha is evidently able to take on complex ideas and concepts speedily enough, which is good because he has chosen a project with incredibly specific requirements and hurdles to those requirements.

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Peter

Excellent! Good overview tasks required and very knowledgable with Blender.

Joshua's response

Peter is obviously keen and determined to learn what he needs to achieve his goals. It's a steep curve in front of him but I believe he'll surmount it in short order.

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Abdu

Perfect! Beautiful way of explaining the technicality of a subject by showing how it's done and giving multiple ways to do so. looking forward for more lessons, thank you Josh!

Joshua's response

Abdul is both eager and determined to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, both excellent qualities. All I can advise at this point is patience, and the rest will come.

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Scott

Excellent! Knowledge of Maya, and other pgms

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Scott

Perfect! Excellent knowledge of advanced Autodesk Maya, and teaching skills!

Joshua's response

Scott is receptive, eager, and keen to learn. He's already made significant headway in making various animated films and demonstrates a quick understanding of the concepts in rigging.

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Beth

Perfect! Joshua is very patient, soft spoken, knows what he's talking about, and the best teacher ever!! I recommend him to everyone who wishes to learn Blender. cool teacher
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Joshua's response

Beth's son, Peter, is an enthusiastic learner with big aspirations and the temerity to match. He doesn't allow difficulty at any level to deter him from making his vision a reality.

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Fraser

Perfect! Joshua has a wonderfully natural teaching style that is both engaging and enjoyable. I walk away from each lesson with a genuine sense of accomplishment of what was achieved and a strong grasp of the sessions learnings. His teaching method is very interactive and seamlessly adaptive to my learning style. I highly recommend him as a tutor.

Joshua's response

Fraser is his own harshest critic, resulting in a dedicated artist with spectacularly high standards and the gumption to match. Every lesson is an adventure in creativity and the truly unexpected.

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Tristan

Perfect! Joshua is an excellent teacher to guide you around blender. He has excellent skills and he is able to explain things step by step in a clear way. Would recommend :)

Joshua's response

Tristan is a determined and thoroughly committed student, who strives to master the complexities of 3D art in spite of the challenges he faces in daily life. His fortitude is admirable.

9 recommendations

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Hadi

Josh is a very good tutor. He is friendly and explains everything in detail. If you email him he always gets back to you very fast. Josh has a lot of knowledge about 3D modelling and his expertise is invaluable for learning 3D modelling in Blender. I am very pleased with Josh as a tutor and would highly recommend him to prospective new students.

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Claudine

I can’t say enough good things about Joshua as a teacher. Josh has been a patient, professional and engaging tutor for my 9 year old daughter. Teaching a young child 3 D animation isn’t easy and he has made the whole experience interesting and fun. I would highly recommend Josh for any tutoring needs.

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John

I had lessons with Joshua. He was extremely punctual and very knowledgeable and easy to follow. Highly recommended.

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Jesse

A patient, passionate and hardworking person, Joshua always makes sure I understood the concepts he's trying to show me before moving on. Energetic and eccentric he's always pushing the boundaries of his own skills and in turn, yours, and takes much pride in passing on his unique talents within his art form, regardless of your chosen 3D engine.

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Jake

I've studied and worked with Josh in the past. Joshua is well versed with rigging and modelling.

He also has a very strong work ethic. No matter how hard the task is, he's willing to get things done.

The work that he produces is of a high standard, and I endorse others to learn from him.

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Ben

I studied with Josh in university and throughout he has been a great help to me and other classmates with 3d modelling, rigging, animating. I've worked with him on only one project but the rigging and animated were spot on and professional. I think he would be a great teacher cause he loves helping people solve problems and showing them new and interesting ways todo things

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Natasha

As a lecturer myself I can confidently say Josh has the knowledge to help you with any 3D lesson.
He is a great all rounder and has a fantastic work ethic.
Josh strives to problem solve and has always been able to find his way around a problem, as demonstrated in classes where he was always there to lend a hand to fellow students.

Josh is a super friendly, energetic guy and his teaching style is a positive hands on approach.

If you are looking for someone who knows his stuff and is there to help you, Josh is your guy.

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Shaleise

He seems to always know either how to fix a problem or what to look for to fix the problem, which when it comes to programs like Maya is very useful, such as when our groups director's Maya project crushed after hours worth of animation was spent on it and he managed to get us the file back with in afew minutes (this happened afew times) as well as knowing how to get the outcome you want in a faster and easier method most evident when it comes to modelling. Best of all if he doesn't know what you do you can bet he'll keep trying at it untill he gets is right! You can trust Josh!

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Rājan

Joshua is an excellent, patient, understanding and knowledgeable teacher. Whatever problem I have faced he has always been able to find a solution and recommend alternative methods if need be. Joshua’s knowledge of maya exceeds the knowledge of any average 3D modeller in the industry. He is open to questions and always speaks in a clear manner that is easy to understand. He is an inspirational teacher that is passionate about his industry and wants to help the next generation find their feet with a program that otherwise can be easy to get lost in. I would highly recommend him as a teacher as you would be more than equipped for the industry with Joshua as your teacher.

Interview with Joshua

QUESTION 01 | 09
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
Joshua — I moved down to Melbourne a couple of years ago, but couldn’t really decide on what I wanted to do for the first few months, until my mother spotted an ad for Game Design at JMC Academy on the side of a tram one day. She told me about it later and said, “you’ve done nothing but play video games since you got down here – go make them.” So I enrolled, discovered that I loved it, had a knack for it that allowed me to learn the principles unusually fast, and realised that I enjoyed teaching others how to do things just as much. Tutoring, once I graduated, seemed the next logical step.
QUESTION 02 | 09
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
Joshua — The listing on Superprof is technically for 3D modeling, but I’ve specified in the lesson description that I cover all areas of the production pipeline, starting from modeling in Maya and ending at game programming in Unity. It would be more accurate to say I tutor in 3D asset creation and implementation, from crafting the initial digital mesh, to unwrapping the faces for texture painting, to rigging the mesh with a skeleton and controllers, to animating it, to adding VFX, to lighting and rendering the scene, to add to some basic C# code for programming gameplay. The topics I go through with students, depending on their current needs, revolve around keeping each of these stages in mind when creating their own 3D assets, as each stage is reliant on the last for optimal structuring and workflow.
QUESTION 03 | 09
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Joshua — All of my lecturers at JMC were invaluable one way or another during my time there and often afterward too, but one that especially stands out to me is Ms. Pinilla. There was not one single question that I asked her about any subject at any point that she could not answer. The wealth and depth of experience and knowledge found there was just surreal and beyond invaluable.
QUESTION 04 | 09
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
Joshua — Patience, prudence, diligence, compassion, communicativeness, and expertise.
QUESTION 05 | 09
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
Joshua — Our course instructors told us right from the start that while coasting by on about twelve hours a week for the duration was certainly possible, it ultimately just wasted everyone’s time, especially ours. True to form, the ones that ended up succeeding the most and pretty much walking straight out into the industry upon graduation were the ones who put around sixty hours a week, every week, into the course. Into learning as much as they could whilst there.
QUESTION 06 | 09
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or are still facing in your subject?
Joshua — The immediacy of the industry, in how quickly it changes and updates over time. Computer science in general is the fastest growing industry in the world, and knowledge is very quickly made obsolete by new technology. Not to mention the depth and breadth of the industry itself already. And while all computer systems are purely logic based, the premises of that logic according to each program and interface written is very much subject to human arbitrariness.
QUESTION 07 | 09
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering these interview questions :-P)?
Joshua — I’m a dedicated 3D generalist. Understanding the pipeline in full is something of a rarity, as most usually pick an aspect and stick to it religiously, so being able to tutor any aspect of it allows me to explain what students need to know in both a wider and narrower context overall.
QUESTION 08 | 09
Tell us what your discipline can bring to people's lives.
Joshua — Games are art. Anyone that says different has no actual appreciation for artistry. The quality of that art is certainly subjective and variable, but its worth as a cultural hallmark is without question. Now, what art as a whole brings to people’s lives is a whole other discussion.
QUESTION 09 | 09
What is the most valuable advice you can give to help someone stay focused on creative projects?
Joshua — Aim slightly higher than your current skillset. Don’t set out to accomplish something way beyond your means that will almost certainly take the rest of your life, if you ever finish at all, because it won’t happen. Big dreams are nice, for when you’re asleep. But realistic ones get finished. Be honest about what you can do, then aim slightly higher than that. 3D is a marathon, not a sprint.

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