Instant Film Weekdays on Patreon

I’ve been thinking about how to grow my Patreon and some of the surveying I’ve done says people are  largely interested in the trippy instant film work I do.  I planned on doing mostly instant film work anyways during 2018- I have an animated show I’m work on, and so for sanity’s sake any still work I do needs to not involve a lot of Lightroom or Photoshop- so to that end…
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INSTANT FILM WEEKDAYS at a $15 “Bulldog” level.  This will be a single  featured instax or polaroid shot, Monday-Friday, every week, throughout 2018 and presumably beyond.  
Saturdays are still model set releases and Sundays will be art video and/ or tutorial drops.  That means content every single day on my Patreon.  
Predicting some questions:
Do I have enough instant film work to populate this?  Hell yes I do- it’s programmed for 4 months already!  There is a ridiculous amount of work I’ve never posted anywhere.
Are they all model images?  Around 90% model images.  9% my daughter Maggie.  1% other things.
Are these just a bunch of boring nothingburgers instant film pictures of a girl and empty space?  No- I work very hard to make all my photos interesting in one way or another.  Just because you’re using instant film is no excuse to have them have zero inherent creativity.
Are you selling any of these instant film shots?  Yes, if I still have them or am not holding on to the originals for a gallery show.  I have an eBay with several instax for sale. 
Bulldogs also get weekly model sets and access to all my photography/ videography/ animation tutorials- have a gander here!
 
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The Business of Being An Indie Artist – a Udemy course, launching today with a special coupon

I’m proud to announce a new course on my Udemy channel, The Business of Being an Indie Artist!

Independent artists are often left to their own devices when it comes to management of their income streams and business choices, and without some guidance, they may find themselves twisting in the wind.

In my 20 years as an artist I’ve presented/ sold/ exhibited my own craft, been a hired freelancer for others, and worked in arts administration/ education/ retail/ exhibition spaces.  I have found ways to survive and live a comfortable life for my family as an independent artist, and wanted to make a course that could help others along their path.  I know exactly what it is like to leave art school and think “what now?”, having paid student loans to learn a trade that has no apparent career path.

Fortunately, we live in a time where an individual, independent artist can be in touch with a worldwide audience, apply for support from a network of artist grants and residencies, have access to public studio spaces or create worlds entirely from their own home digital tools – we cover these options and more for the independent artist in this course.

The course sale is only $9.99 with this Udemy coupon for the next 48 hours!

Surreal Portrait Lighting From Holiday Clearance!

It’s the end of the most magical time of the year- also the time when you can pick up cool and funky LED holiday lighting to use in your own creative photo and video shoots! I show you some psychedelic samples of my own work using Christmas lasers, as well as other surreal lighting classics from James Bond to Frank Ockenfels 3 and Dan Winters.

Check out more in-depth tutorials at http://www.skillshare.com/r/davidmiller and help support the work of Primordial Creative studio at http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller

Adobe Spark Post – Graphic Design On The Go

One of my most frequently used apps is Adobe Spark Post.  Every YouTube video or tutorial on Skillshare needs a well-designed cover, every Instagram or Facebook announcement could use a cleanly designed text component to catch the attention of a viewer.  Adobe Spark Post has an array of easy-to-use design features that allow me to quickly comp and arrange elements without having to bust out Photoshop on my big boy computer.  There’s a resize feature which automatically creates designs suitable for your actual output- say, “YouTube thumbnail” instead of “1920x1080px”- great for less tech savvy people, such as my wife, who see the word “pixel” and fall into a coma.

Cartoon “me” created with Adobe Character Animator!

Help support the work of Primordial Creative studios and get weekly model sets delivered to you on Patreon and also check out our other tutorials at Skillshare!

Musical Inspiration For Next Year’s Art

I heard a song I instantly fell in love with this week.  It’s “Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane” by Australian alternative band Gang of Youths, with lyrics detailing a dream where the singer is married with a child, happy as “pigs rolled in shit,” and during a rainy run to get groceries the singers’ family skids off the road and he has to go ID the bodies in the morgue, at which point the dream ends.  The chorus implores the listener to get past their negative thoughts, inspired by a Charles Bukowski quote “as the spirit wanes the form appears.”  Musically I think it’s closest to a major key “Comfortably Numb”, slow and epic with classical flourishes.

This week I’m moving out of the fashion photo/ video studio and refocusing the kind of art I make or want to make, and picking sign posts of inspiration that will see what I do in the next year or two years- this song is one of those sign posts.  It’s elevating a personal fear and concern, challenging it and elevating it to this amazing level of craft and sharing the story in a polished form.

The Making of Road Rage with Kaila Stone

Let me tell you how I did rear projection in this indie film project with model Kaila Stone and stylist/ mua Lux Tango, shot in my studio in Tempe Arizona! We took huge influence from James Bond, Danger Diabolik and the amazing Danger 5 tv show.

Help support nutty short films and animations at our Patreon http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller and check out further tutorials at http://www.skillshare.com/r/davidmiller