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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!
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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.
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.
My latest class on my Skillshare channel is Creative Strategies For Instant Film Photography, my current favorite way of photographic expression!
When the world is so plugged into screens and digital media, it’s a refreshing feeling to turn our creativity to analogue film photography methods. Polaroid, Fuji Instax, Impossible Project and other brands give instant results with their imaging, but there’s a lot of in-camera manipulation and creative strategies we can do to give trippy, innovative results.
Feast of Fury! – a short film created for the Independent Filmmakers of Phoenix Breakout Challenge! One month to write, film, edit a 6 minute piece with a randomly assigned prop (tennis racket) and phrase (”Quantum mechanics are easy…”). Featuring @luxbotlacheln Olivier Zahm, Jessica Kelley + her baby, Patton Werner, my wife and children, and a bunch of puppets.
This was a lot of fun to make, and it was an enormous learning experience for me. There’s a showing alongside all the other films involved in the challenge this Thursday in a Harkins movie theater and just the opportunity to have my kids see themselves on the big screen will make it all worth it.