Mavenseed is a CG private tutoring education web site. We help connect artists in need of help with respected instructors in the topics of need. We understand that there is a place and time for a full online course, or education materials, but realize that some projects, or sole determination to improve ones self worth require an on demand private tutor.
The benefit of private one on one tutoring is that you are able to address your personal concerns, questions and goals immediately. There is no running through topics you already know in software manuals, or course requirements. Our instructors work with your schedule as best they can and are available to you for the requested time. Example: If you are interested in learning how to do an scene that requires a water shader with mental ray, you could find the instructor that covers those areas and ask those specific questions.
We are constantly trying to improve our end user experience for our students and instructors so please feel free to send us feedback, or suggestions on how we may improve our technology or presentation. Thank you for stopping by Mavenseed!
We are pretty excited about our name and branding. The name itself encompasses our main goal and what we strive for with each student. We view our instructors as "Mavens" or experts in their respective fields. These Mavens plant seeds of knowledge into the artist they help in hopes to help them become Mavens themselves, or continue to grow their knowledge. Seeds grow... <-- get it? :)
Mavenseed was the initial birth idea between Wes Burke and Alessandro Cangelosi. Wes and Alessandro had worked closely together over the past year on Cg Cookie, and saw that there was a need for on demand tutoring from industry professionals.
Taking the idea a bit further Wes also interfaced with Jonathan Williamson on how to bring this training to the public. Jonathan and Wes were able to then lay the ground work for the on demand education system.
Since then Alessandro and Jonathan have been working very hard preparing their education materials and gaining knowledge of the Mavenseed tools. Wes has taken on the role of designer and site manager to bring it all together.
All three of us understand that online training videos, courses, and even traditional education has it's place. But there are scenarios where the individual may need to gain knowledge at a much quicker pace. So if you are in a jam, or just looking to learn more specific knowledge then Mavenseed is set up to accommodate this.