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  1. Mike says:

    Xia’s class was very informative and helpful. He is very personable in his teaching technique, yet very insistent that the student grasp and use the principles he teaches, because he knows they work. All you have to do is look at his work and you can see that he applies the things he’s teaching in his own incredible paintings. His overpaintings are especially helpful in that you can see immediately what could be done to strengthen the piece you submitted. I will be taking more courses in the future, and would recommend them to anyone.

  2. Winnie says:

    I just finished the 8 week mentorship and I’ve improved so much through it. Xia’s videos and assignments definitely help a great deal if you want to learn. I chose to do environments for my mentorship, learning values, composition, color, and design. I had rarely done environments before, but these 8 weeks have shown massive improvement for me. The live sessions with Xia were also great. He helped by pointing out my weaknesses, letting me know exactly where I need to improve and how. If you take his mentorship, you’ll make the most out of it by asking questions. Xia always explains things thoroughly and even shares some insight about the industry. He’s pretty funny too, making the live sessions more enjoyable! The advice he has given has definitely helped me in terms of figuring out what I should do even after the mentorship. If you want to improve, definitely take the mentorship. Simple as that. :]

  3. Arash says:

    I participated in Digital Painting 101.

    I can highly recommend this course. The method is clear and the assignments make sense.
    Xia takes his time to give very useful feedback and I really think I learned a lot.
    I signed up for 102 already.

  4. Sol says:

    I finished my first intro group course last week and I’ve already registered for the next one. I had no previous experience with digital painting and have learned so much in just 5 weeks, not only in digital painting but art fundamentals. I have a much better understanding of composition, values and perspective. Xia has a very critical eye and provides valuable feedback that helps me improve my work.

    I stopped drawing over 10 years ago but now I’m starting to get back into it. This course is very inspirational and motivating! I highly recommend it!

  5. Emeka says:

    I would highly recommend the mentorship, I did the 8 week character design course and I found it so useful. Xia’s method of teaching is great for all levels and really helps to get real proffesional input on your work. I can’t reccomend this course enough, it is very cost effective and you will learn so much. I have invested in a lot of video tutorials but having a structured mentorship with weekly feedback is invaluable. I will definetly book some more in the coming months and I can’t wait to put what I’ve learnt into practice!

  6. Raven says:

    I was pretty apprehensive about taking this online course because you know know what you’re going to get. But i’m 100% glad I went for it. Xia is very a informative and funny teacher and I looked forward to my classes every week. I’ve been doing fairly well being mostly self thought but having someone with such an extensive knowledge to point things out to me and seeing the difference in my face was truly helpful as well as learning different methods tog et where I want to be as an artist. Go for it!

  7. Dwayne Ferguson says:

    Very rarely do we invest our money or time into something and receive a result truly worthwhile. I had actually been a big fan of Xia’s work and would admire the Guild Wars artwork and watch and re-watch courses I bought from his online store like the ‘Dark Warlord’ or ‘Steel Paladin.’ When I read that he was offering mentorships I signed up pretty much immediately.

    I learned so much in 8 weeks with Xia that I was astounded. Sure, it was hard work, and I had never been asked to push myself so hard by any instructor previously. There were times where I asked myself how on earth can I do all of this work in a few days. But each week, Xia gave me what seemed to be impossible assignments, and I pushed through and turned them in on time. And the assignments were never busy work, everything he asks you to do has a purpose. Now, looking back at what my artwork looked like before and now after, all I can say is wow. There is a massive difference between watching a tutorial on your own, and attempting to replicate what you see versus having someone talk directly to you, offering advice and showing you techniques you can use to improve your skills.

    I now think of surfaces, textures and techniques differently. I explore more and study more on my own. My level of understanding, my speed and my appreciation of the work it takes to create artwork that is exciting and convincing has increased exponentially.

    Xia is an amazing teacher who is fun to work with, but will always be honest with you. He expects the best from you because he really does want you to grow as an artist. He worked my fingers to the bone and I couldn’t be happier about it.

  8. Arsalaan Ahmed says:

    This is my first online class and I was a bit nervous about taking them, I have always been one of those people who looks at all these concept art pictures and says I want to do that so I gave it a shot and week 1 was a bit fast for me because I never had an artist background so it was like going in the deep end. Overall, I am amazed at myself and the way Xia teaches, I had no idea that I could improve this much from only 8 weeks and I recommend this to anyone who wants to become an artist.

  9. Shimron Walters says:

    At first i was a bit unsure about doing online classes as i had never done them before, but i honestly have no regrets whatsoever. Xia is a great and funny teacher who helped me pin point and work on some of the bad habbits or errors in my art work and in eight weeks my art work improved beyond what i even expected. I highly recommend his classes if you are looking to join the art industry or if you simply want to improve on your skills, you will be amazed at the improvement!

  10. David Vicich says:

    I just completed a great 8 weeks of mentorship with XIA. When i first started I had alot of misconceptions and bad habits that he helped me to redefine and fix. By the 4th week I had a solid core in creating basic thumbs and developing designs for characters . Each week Xia would work on my characters helping me to define the necessary practical application to move them closer to the finished product. He went above and beyond what my expectations were and I can never thank him enough.

    I know that in the near future I will look into another set of sessions. His sessions are worth the take and if you struggle in any part of the process. He can help you to achieve a better design and quality.

  11. If you are thinking of taking the mentor ship, i would say to do it. I took the 8 week character concept course, and it was the first online mentor ship i have ever taken. Within the 8 weeks Xia was able to find what i needed help with, teach me techniques and practices i should do to fix my problems and get better. He also showed me better ways to practice and get better. It was so good that a took a extended mentor ship. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get better at paintings, and who want to be a professional in the video game industry.

  12. Nisal Tharanga says:

    This is my first online mentorship. So I’m sure I was annoying student as I had lots of question about industry and various kinds of issues with this beautiful subject even though I have been painting time to time. Xia was explaining all the questions and gave suggestions and advices throughout the program.

    I just finished my first set of 8 weeks lessons. Yeah,… I meant first, coz I’m gonna get the program again. When I compare with Environments I painted for the first class with the last class, I can’t even imagine its me. Xia not only teaches how to improve the skills but also he advices to gain confidence which nowhere I’ve ever got so far. If some one is looking for mentorship I’ll definitely recommend to work with Xia. I can prove it by my own showing my achievement.

  13. Mark Jackson says:

    Learning from Xia for the past five weeks has been a mind changer.

    In our first session one of the first things Xia said to me was ‘ I’m not teaching you how to paint but how to think.’ So not only has he impacted my painting skills he has impacted all areas of my approach to art I have even seen improvements in my approach to drawing through the mentorship.

    If you’re looking for funky rendering techniques which will only get you so far, this isn’t for you. But if you want to learn REAL fundamentals and see REAL improvement which will allow your work to reach a higher level contact Xia

  14. Nathan says:

    I highly recommend the mentorship program! Xia is very skilled, very patient and incredibly helpful. I began the program with almost no experience. I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I am significantly more confident and proud of my work. Be prepared to work! This is definitely a course where you get out what you put in. But Xia made it fun and engaging. Often I wished I could take a day off work just to stay home and paint. I see myself coming back for more sessions in the future. Xia, thank you again!

  15. Violet says:

    I took this tutoring course in the 8-week package because I really needed to get my foot in the door for art. I had just gotten accepted for a Game Art course in University this September and I wanted to prepare myself for the road ahead. Xia is guaranteed an ex-industry professional with at least 10 years experience. I was looking through my Guild Wars 1 concept art books I got from purchasing the collector’s editions. It really pleased me to see Xia Taptara’s name on several concepts in that book, he is extremely talented, experienced, and the things he has taught me are still amazing me. 9 weeks ago now, I never thought I could do any of the things I could do now and I never used to feel proud of the work I did at all. I felt like I was always years behind (and I still am, just miles behind the usual students), and that I would never reach the level of where I am good enough. Xia changed that for me, he made me see digital painting and art in a whole new way, a more simple way. I guarantee if you listen and take in what he’s telling you, do what he tells you to do exactly, you will succeed. In 8 weeks I can now produce paintings and studies that I am proud of and feel like I am complete with. Although I have many years of experience left to be found ahead of me, I am now more excited and hopeful as well as motivated deeply by what Xia has made possible. You will not be disappointed if you are not lazy. You must be willing to put the work in. Personal Recommendation: Try not to overload your daily schedule as the work comes in high amounts, you have to really keep at it everyday to get good at it. Just like all art. You’re paying good money, why waste it?

    10/10 for Xia’s teaching methods. The only thing that I really wanted, with being an Aesthetic Learner (someone who learns on the fly, highly practical), is have Xia watch my screen and task me with something and critique me as I go. But all in all, his teaching methods are fantastic and I highly recommend this tutoring to anyone who direly needs it. Also as a bonus and guarantee that you are getting your money’s worth, Xia offered me several discounts on premium tutorial videos from his web store and he also offered a monthly-based mentorship to continue my studies with him over the Summer. I’m sure if you need the help, he will offer the same to future students or returning.

  16. Matthew Stobber says:

    I recently completed a mentorship program with Xia. The amount of knowledge and experience this man has is incredible. And even more incredible is how well he can convey all of his knowledge in an easily consumable way to someone of any skill level, especially myself. I had only been painting for a couple months when I started the mentorship, and I have gained so much during the program it is hard to put into words.I really feel like I have a solid foundation now, and most importantly, I know exactly how to practice moving forward, and can self-correct myself much better than when I started.

    Xia was EXTREMELY accommodating with my work schedule. I really believe he loves to teach, and it absolutely comes through. No matter where your skill level is, I would highly recommend this mentorship to anyone.You will NEVER find a more cost-effective way to learn from a master 1-on-1. The amount of material you will learn will be FAR more than any college course in art, which would easily cost 3-4 times as much.

  17. Barret Frymire says:

    Xia Taptara’s mentorship was more than I could have expected. The improvement from week one to week eight was astounding. He’s incredibly helpful and honest. He has a way of explaining complex things in the most basic form so that you get the concept extremely quick, and he doesn’t have a problem with changing the way he demonstrates a subject if you have issues the first time. It doesn’t matter what skill level, you can learn a lot from Xia.

    I would highly recommend this mentorship program.

  18. Troy Bobb says:

    Late last year I decided I wanted to begin pushing my artistic ability as much as possible and was looking into various courses/workshops to do so. After a fairly detailed search I found that Xia actually offered a mentorship program and signed up soon after. From the very beginning I was quite impressed! Xia presented his teachings in a very practical manner and made things quite easy to understand. I was surprised to learn how some of the things I struggled with previously had fairly simple solutions and methods to practice! It was definitely an enriching 8 weeks and would recommend it to anybody who is looking for some guidance on their artistic craft! Xia was a fantastic mentor and I look forward to signing up for another course in the future!

  19. Orsi Marton says:

    I’ve been drawing mostly for my own entertainment in the past years and I found myself too often with too many unfinished pictures with problems and details I couldn’t solve myself.
    With Xia’s guide I had to realize I had a foundation which maybe worked with paper and pencil, but not in digital painting. My brain still struggles to adapt to the new way of viewing things, haha, but at least I know now where to start, what to practice, how to approach.
    There will be tons of homework and study, you’ll find some of them difficult and some of them very entertaining, but all of them are very essential. You’ll also have to learn to manage your own time, which was again an unknown concept for me.

    Xia is very patient guide and tries to explain everything on your level of understanding of things, and yes it is a big wow factor to see him correcting your homework live.

    I definitely recommend Xia and his mentorship, I’ll definitely have another go once I get confident with the techniques I learnt now.

  20. Creator Viktor says:

    I can strongly recommend Xia as a teacher, he is the best teacher of digital painting I’ve ever had and helped me improve my skills greatly. He is a nice person to talk to and always has some useful and input for what you are working on that will help you get better. Enough so that I might be a returning customer in the future :)

  21. Cee Jay says:

    A couple of years ago I came across Instructor Xia’s digital painting tutorials, and they were very helpful and instructional as they contained information that I had difficulty finding anywhere else. However it wasn’t until I finally decided to purchase and receive Instructor Xia’s private lessons & mentorship that my true education in digital painting began. The lessons were so concise as they taught me how to render the human figure in three dimensional form using simple values. Also Instructor Xia’s informative one on one instruction, and enlightening critiques of my homework assignments, have been enormously helpful as I have seen rapid improvement in my work. I strongly recommend the private lessons and mentorship to anyone looking to improve their digital painting skills as well.
    Cee Jay

  22. Marcellino Tan says:

    I took this course out of curiosity but it turns out really well. That was one great moment when i finally got my own private lesson. Xia can teach really well. I can easily understand his feedback that really(again..) improved my fundamental on digital painting. So i think my curiosity really paid off in a good way..

    For you who really want to try a private lesson, you should try “THE private lesson” with Xia.

  23. Saul says:

    I’ve purchased almost all of Xia online tutorial, and while they’re informative with lots of great information about digital painting, having him critique my work and give me guidance as to how to improve was invaluable. Xia mentorship program is extremely comprehensive, Xia identified my weaknesses and strengths and gave me assignments to improve upon them. He showed me a variety of ways of tackling paintings but most important how to analyzing my work. He was extremely encouraging and helpful. I truly recommend, is mentorship program. In fact I’m hoping to take his mentorship program again.

  24. Chris says:

    Xia is a experienced talented concept artist that takes his time and helps you to level up. Though in return his expects his students to work hard and for you to put the time in each week
    to better yourself. With a blend of great teaching and constant feedback you will be able to achieve your goals. You won’t regret it.

  25. Anthony says:

    Just completed a 5 week course with Xia. If you are thinking about doing it, my advice would be to stop thinking about it and DO IT!. I learned so much over the past 5 weeks andreally do see an improvment in my artwork.
    Xia is a great teacher and the work he gives really helps to focus on your weak points. I have found myself enjoying everybit of assignment and pushing myself to do better.
    Its a course where you get what you put in, so make the time to do what your asked and you will see progress.
    I will be doing more in the future and I strongly encourage anyone who wants to get better to do the course. Great value for money, so what are you waiting for?

  26. Andrew Pappas says:

    Xia is one of the best online teachers out there! He make a honest attempt to connect with his students as well as tailoring his lessons to cater to their striengths and weakenesses. I would highlty suggest the Private toturing lessions for anyone wanting to increase their digital painting skills.

  27. Emilie says:

    I had never done an online course before, and honestly, I am very satisfied!
    At first I was a bit hesitant to take the course because I am french and I was scared that I would not understand Xia, but everything went smoothly and I learned more in a couple weeks than I could have ever hoped :)

    I am a strong visual person and I have to say that watching him paint live like that was very inspiring and it helped me understand what he wanted from me.

    The online session are awesome and Xia is a fun guy to talk to. I also loved all those homework I had to do, because each time I did one I felt like I was learning something and improving! Xia also takes the time to answer your questions by email and tells you exactly what needs to be improved on your work. Also, he knows how to make you feel proud when you do something nice and isn’t afraid to tell you when you get better at painting :)

    Overall, I do recommend that course to anyone who would like to improve his/her art, and needs a bit of pointer from an inspiring artist :)

    Thank you very much for the course Xia, I really feel like I have improved and my characters are better than ever! I would gladly do it again someday, maybe for environments this time!

  28. Marie says:

    Been a student with Xia, seems like ages now! If you’re largely self-taught I definitely recommend getting some one-to-one lessons with this awesome guy. He’s personable, knowledgeable, and inspirational. It’s easy to feel lost in your class, whether it’s offline or online. Since teachers don’t have enough time to dedicate to each student in their classes. So, if you want to get more out of your classes or just yourself in general, give Xia a try. All the lessons are catered towards your pace and level. I’ve definitely seen some improvement that rivals the more expensive classes you find online.

    Going to miss these awesome sessions!!

  29. Kory Basaraba says:

    I just finished a 5 week coaching program with Xia and the progress I made was astonishing.

    He is a master teacher, and I loved how his program erases amateur habits in a clear, step by step process while guiding you to creating pro-level work. Xia gives you specific, detailed exercises to practice that match your skill level and gently but quickly force you to get better.

    If you follow his advice, you WILL be a better artist – no matter where you are now. And because Xia is a working pro (and an amazingly talented artist), it was inspiring to have our weekly coaching sessions and be able to ask him any questions about art theory, life as a concept artist, etc.

    He is friendly, supportive, helpful, professional and always open to answering my questions. His critiques were spot-on, and he helped me finally understand the principles of art that separate the masters from the amateurs.

    I’ve never been so excited about my art or felt so confident in my ability to produce paintings I’ll be proud of. He’s given my art career new life and I’m incredibly grateful for his guidance.

    If you’re considering working with Xia, I can only say…Do it!

  30. Karol G says:

    Thanks to Xia’s mentorship i learned a lot in shot time. Not only my draws looks better but also i albe to make them much faster. I’ve dome more in one month than
    in 2 years learning alone.

    You cant find better teacher.

  31. Jonathan Hau-Yoon says:

    As someone who studied an art degree, and even works in the game industry, I’ve often felt as if I’m in a weird sort of limbo taking courses. I often feel as if I’m familiar with the vast majority of concepts, so I feel as if I’m paying for the full course, while only benefiting from a relatively small portion of new knowledge.

    Xia’s mentorship is not like that. He identifies weaknesses in your portfolio, and gives exercises that address those weaknesses so that you’re not spending time practising things you’re already familiar with. It’s also dynamic, where he’ll change the assignments you should work on based on whether you’re struggling with them or kicking butt. It’s a very dynamic relationship that I feel cannot be found in the many preset, impersonal, cookie-cutter courses elsewhere online and at art schools.

    Lastly, because you’re paying for Xia’s time, and not for a set course content, and because it’s one-on-one, if you’re driven, determined and work hard, you can set your own pace and learn significantly more than you might in a set course with a set outline where you might be held back because of other students.

    Throw in years of industry experience, weekly sessions that include paintovers and critique, and a sense of humour, and you’ve got some of the best art education you can get here at a very affordable price.

  32. Savage says:

    I’ve been in this program for a month now and let me tell you, this is by far the best program on the internet. You get daily lessons as well as weekly lessons to keep you drawing, motivated and growing as an artist. Xia is a AWESOME teacher. His lessons and critiques are informative, fun, challenging, honest, and based on your skill level. My knowledge, skills, and even my time management have improved enormously. I see myself getting better everyday. If you want private lessons from a industry pro, and to take your art to the next level in a short period of time, at a price you can’t beat, sign up now. You won’t be disappointed.

  33. John says:

    i love the video tutorials and I also found the mentorship definitely worth it! i learned so much from it. the lessons, exercises and advise from one on one sessions are so valuable! as a teacher xia is very thorough and he really wants to help improve my skills in digital painting. he’s also very patient. i didn’t know what to expect coming into the mentorship but the things he brought into the sessions exceeded any expectations I could’ve imagined. i was learning things the whole time. i highly recommend it!!

  34. Reg says:

    over the years, I have purchased a ton of videos and a ton of books, but there is nothing like having a skilled and experienced mentor to review your work and give you an informed opinion on what you need to build up your skills. Xia is a GREAT teacher and I’ve made massive improvements in a very short period of time. If you’re serious about your artwork, you owe it to yourself to give the mentorship a try. I’m really glad I did. I wish I had done this years earlier!!!

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