(Bare with me, this is long, but I feel the need to state my proposition)
My name is Matt. I'm a 29 year old musician living in Seattle, WA (here's a shameless plug for my band www.tempul.com). I'm getting married in under 2 weeks (Wahoo!). I graduated from Whitman College 6 years ago with a Bachelor's in Studio Art. My focus was mainly in metal sculpture, but I also dabbled quite a bit in video/photography as well. I currently work for a Seattle based company as a welder/manufacturer to pay the bills. I make a comfortable living from it, but I don't have a passion for it...
...and that brings me to why I am here posting this. I want to make a career for myself in some way that revolves around my passion: illustration. To start on that path, and to build a solid foundation of the fundamentals, I'm looking to put a minimum of 20 hours per week for the next twelve months (that's no less than 1,040 hours) into drawing/illustrating/painting/etc. I'd love the guidance of a willing mentor to help me along the way. I'd like to be given assignments to be completed on a weekly basis, and then I'd like to have grades given for those assignments based on what you think I deserve; I work really well with this type of motivation. You can check my sketchbook to see where I'm at skill-wise right now, and whether or not we'd be a good fit.
In return, I can offer a few things:
1) Good/extensive constructive criticism on your mentoring/guidance/teaching approach (I would be happy to critique your artwork as well if you wanted). I've got a lot of great experience giving/receiving constructive criticism from my years in school, so I think I can make this worth it for you (if this is something you're interested in receiving). If this doesn't interest you, I'll just keep my opinions to myself
2) If you're a musician, and you record your own music, I can do some mastering for you. I've got some pretty legit gear and software, and I have a pretty good ear for it as well.
3) I know how to meet a deadline. In my job, everything revolves around meeting manufacturing/assembly deadlines, so I know how to work efficiently, and how to prioritize to get things done. None of the effort you put in will be done in vain. I WILL meet deadlines, and I WILL complete assignments.
4) Magic card proxies. I am getting pretty good at making Magic card proxies; if this is something that interests you, I can hook you up once or twice a month to compensate you a little bit for your time. The only request I make is that you don't sell them That's illegal!
5) Band merchandise! This is a little bit self serving, but whatever We are coming out with a new album in the next couple months, and with that there will be new merchandise. So, if you like the music, I can hook you up with some music and merchandise as well.
As I mentioned earlier, I am getting married in 2 weeks, and then I will be on honeymoon/vacation for another 2 weeks after that. So, I am looking to begin this endeavor sometime in the middle of September. This could give you some time to work up a schedule/teaching approach.
Materials I have access to:
-Plein Air easel and oil paints/supplies
-various drawing supplies (pencils, paper, etc)
-Skype for video chatting and critiquing face to face.
List of books I own:
-All of the Loomis books.
-Bridgeman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
-Atlas of Human Anatomy by Rogers Peck
-How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee
-The Human Figure by Vanderpoel
-Rendering in Pen and Ink by Guptill
-Color and Light by Gurney
-Imaginative Realism by Gurney
-Classic Human Anatomy by Winslow
-Oil Painting Secrets from a Master by Cateura
-Drawing Scenery: Landscapes and Seascapes by Hamm
Please, only serious inquiries here, as this is a very serious request. Thanks for taking the time to read through all of that.