Interested in learning to sketch and paint with watercolor, in one same place?
Hoping to find one single educational art hub where you can learn how to sketch and paint different types of subjects such as landscapes, animals, still life, and more?
Wish you didn't have to depend on other people's outline sketches in order to create great art?
Frustrated with following art tutorials or investing in courses that leave out essential, foundational information you need for success?
Drawing and painting are two sides of the same coin.
If you know how to draw,
you'll be able to paint much more successfully
and you won't be constantly hitting walls with your art.
Not to mention, you'll be able to build up original artwork
from scratch confidently.
Drawing and painting are skills that complement each other.
They build on each other and one improves the other.
But... why do so many art educators leave this essential piece of information out?
Because it makes their job way easier.
Because teaching people to draw is challenging.
Because helping others build the foundations
they need for success takes time.
I don't shy away from this.
I create thorough, affordable, classes and tutorials
for *serious* aspiring artists that demystify the learning process and enable much faster progress.
The Three Pillars of Deep Artistic Growth
*What Most Online Art Instructors Leave Out*
Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet!
I’m a traditional media artist and online teacher that's obsessed with creating art and helping others make progress in their own art journeys.
I 100% believe the world would be a better place with more art and artists in it, and this is why I'm passionate about sharing everything I know, no holds barred, and inspiring others to stay consistent with their art practice.
I spend my days creating art using a variety of traditional mediums, producing helpful content that I share via my website and my YouTube channel, and mentoring beginner/intermediate artists from all over the world so they can gain the necessary technical and mindset skills to finally see their visions come to life.
Before taking my work to the online space, I worked as a Graphic Designer/Art Director at an advertising agency and as head Art Teacher in a school for many years. I started selling my work locally and mentoring aspiring artists in my home studio while still working my last "regular" job and, after some time, decided to go all in with my online creative business.
I’m here to provide no-nonsense guidance for aspiring artists who are ready to prioritize their creative practice and want to bring their own light to the world.
*For immediate access to a library of over 100 exclusive sketching and watercolor tutorials (with downloadable outline sketches, reference photos and supply lists), a library of 50 classes on Art Fundamentals/art school basics (with assignments), feedback from me on your work, live monthly artist trainings and draw/paint alongs, and much more, join my membership over on Patreon.
Sketching and Watercolor Painting Tutorials, Artistic Mindset,
Productivity and Time Management Tips, and more!
Thoughts from some of my lovely community members and students:
As a self-taught artist, I had made some progress but hit a wall repeatedly making pieces that looked "wrong" for reasons I couldn't identify. When I started learning with Erika, she identified weaknesses in my grasp of fundamentals and put together a lesson plan to address those weaknesses while helping me progress toward my dream of learning figure drawing and illustration. I've been taking one-on-one lessons with her since September and I can honestly say that I've made more progress in the past several months than I did in years of struggling on my own. She's enthusiastic, incredibly knowledgeable, and gives extremely helpful feedback--I highly recommend her as a teacher.
-Yoon Ha Lee (Louisiana, United States)
Erika is a patient, kind, encouraging and amazing teacher! I highly recommend her for anyone wanting to move forward in their art journey. My favorite part about being a Patreon member is that I have all my art resources in one place rather than having to search everywhere. Whether it's art techniques, fundamentals, artist tips, tutorials or more, it's all right there. They are very in-depth and she describes everything in a way that's easy to understand. My favorite part of working one-on-one with Erika is that I feel like I'm in art school and getting individual attention from the best-ever instructor. Thank you, Erika, for caring about us and our art journeys, and helping me reach my art dreams!
-Susan DiCocco (Ohio, United States)
I have followed Erika for a while on her blog, Pinterest, watched her videos, and receive her newsletter, enjoying her clear description of art concepts. Now I’ve been lucky enough to join her Facebook art group, watch her weekly live streams and had a personal Skype class. She is approachable, fun, and KIND! She quickly figured out where I was in my creative journey, encouraged me, and gave great feedback and tips to help me move forward.
-Barb Maki (Alberta, Canada)
Erika is energetic, talented, and the love she has towards the art, as well as for art enthusiasts shows in all she does. I truly admire and respect her work, as well as her work ethic. I appreciate the time she has dedicated to inform and teach me different artistic skills. I would love to be able to take more classes with her and be able to work with her in the future.
-Jesus Cruz (Florida, USA)
I have been taking online classes with Erika for several months and I love the way she makes everything so easy to understand. With her direct guidance and feedback, I've been able to progress my skills and am now able to do things I didn't know I could do.
Erika's one-on-one drawing and watercolor tutoring programs are very complete and nothing is left out. The exercises and assignments progress incrementally. She's takes you step-by-step, covering necessary Art Fundamentals, and really takes into account your current level and goals to individualize her classes. Thank you for being so inspiring and bringing art back into my life!
-Bety Sol (Nuevo Leon, Mexico)