The Need For Your Creative Space

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I’m sitting here in this very room- once my office when I moved into this house in 2003, then my wife’s work area when she had a home-computer job, then a guest room and the place my sister was for 8 months. In the interim I had a studio and office at the fashion building for a year (no parking, long drive, shared with other people, obligations etc.) and though I’ve tried to make my backyard workshop work as a studio/ office for the last 2 months, I have neighbors who smoke terrible smelling pot all the time and listen to shitty music in their backyard, as well as low internet connectivity.
Since reclaiming this space, we painted it white and now it’s like years have been rolled back. A window right in front of my face, shelves with toys (Legos, Simpsons, King of the Hill, Futurama to the left) and folk art I’ve collected from Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica and locally in the southwest on the right. Dogs at my feet. Whatever music I want whenever I want.
I was thinking about the circular nature of the creative process, how you find things that work for you, you get far away from them, you return to these things, you evolve and retreat and change and totally stay the same. I think I have a fairly prolific output of videos, shoots, zines, music, animation etc. which only increases when I can just walk into my studio and feel good any time of day or night rather than having to find some external place, drive, park, order a drink, etc.
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Jessie Through The Years- a Patreon Model Set

This week’s Patreon set is work with Jessie, a local model I’ve shot with for nearly 10 years!

When I got into model photography, it was after a decade of shooting other things and deciding it would be a good thing to have a few consistent subjects to follow over a longer period of time.  Jessie is someone who I’ve now shot over 8 years, and these are a selection of a few images during that time- a cool representation how both she and I have changed.

Twice monthly non-nude model sets are available at the $1 pledge level, with an explainer video on how it was shot!

 

Instax Mini Art Model Sale!

I’m on my way to Costa Rica with my family and to help out with the trip, I’m running a massive instax mini sale through Halloween!  It’s 50% off my normal price – each instax is $7.50, 8 for $50, 20 for $100- featuring indie model greats like Thumbelina, Mosh, Anastasia Arteyeva, Devi, Corrie Shannon, Kelly Eden, Glass Olive, Sierra McKenzie, Cacia Zoo, and many many more.  Message any interest at dbmillerphoto@gmail.com!

Preview of October model sets on Patreon!

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Coming in October on my Patreon!

..photosets with Glass Olive (18+), Maryjane Mclain, Lillie Monster (18+), and Lux Tango/ Lacheln
…video art piece with Ana Corbi
…the rest of my Learning Lightroom tutorial series, and the start of my Adobe Illustrator Shading/ Depth series
…plenty of Halloween-themed material from my Scream Queens series..
 $1 pledge to access the PG posts, $5 for 18+ photosets, $10 for videos and tutorials!
My Patreon is now several months deep in model sets and programmed through January, so if you’re on the fence about supporting a creator because you think they’ll flake on content- this one is chock full and will remain regularly updated with no breaks!

Illustrating the Batman rogues in Adobe Illustrator!

Adobe Illustrator Speed Drawing – Primordial Creative Studio vs the Batman Rogues!

I’ve been doing nightly illustrations of Batman villains as I watch the old Bruce Timm DC Animated Universe shows with my kids.  It’s a bit of “just for fun” and also challenging myself to get better at one of the Adobe Creative Cloud programs I don’t use as much as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere and After Effects.

This time I redesigned Bane, a Batman villain not held in high regard by Bruce Timm. I sketched him out, used Adobe Illustrator to fully render the comic art, and recorded the process for your viewing pleasure. At the end I show you a few other of the other DC Batman villains I drew in Adobe Illustrator. Please enjoy this speed drawing and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Show some love to our studio Primordial Creative on Patreon and check out further photography/ art tutorials at my Skillshare channel!

The Making of “Q+A”

How I made “Q+A”, a surreal stop motion office drama set to a jazzy trip hop beat starring Bethany Brown, Alina Lee and Peter Bugg. This was shot on the Fuji X-T2 using the stop motion feature and I lay out how I used Adobe Character Animator to mix sampled male dialogue from a 1950s game show with voiceover from actress Alina Lee aka Thumbelina. I also show how I worked with samples from site Splice.com and Garageband instruments to create the soundtrack.

Help support weird animations and short films like this at our Patreon!

My full tutorial on using Adobe Character Animator with photographs!

Out of Control Photography

I usually cite 1997 as the year I started taking photography seriously as my main form of artistic expression, so over the last 20 years of creative practice, school and teaching others I’ve absolutely internalized a lot of photographic rules and commonly accepted wisdom.  It’s very easy to make a photo that ticks all the boxes of what’s supposed to happen in a photo- which is why I’ve been stretching myself in the last few months to make work that surprises myself.  One of the main strategies is to use a camera where I can’t 100% full compose the picture, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, and I shoot material where either I’m in motion, the model is in motion, or we do some random effect to it like double exposure or damaging the film.

Inevitably this leads to some garbage shots, but no higher percentage than the ones I would say I get by doing straight “composed in the viewfinder” type of work.

The above images were shot with model Kaila Stone in my Tempe studio, and we had a blast getting crazier and crazier with the instax- tossing them in the air, doing non-portrait portraits with the leg jammed through a backdrop.  These were voted favorites over all the more straighter, “everything in its right place” type images.