Adobe Illustrator Speed Draw #2: Catwoman + Pose Tool

Welcome to another Adobe Illustrator Speed Draw, this time going for DC’s femme fatale Catwoman!  Selina is not just one of my favorite Batman cast members or DC characters but one of my favorite fictional characters anywhere.  And although I’m happy to draw ridiculous versions of the male Batman villains, when it comes to drawing women I feel like I need to work from some reference as to not fall into the trap of bizarre, anatomically incorrect proportions on women.  For this speed draw I show you Pose Tool, an app on my iPhone that I use to pose a generic mannequin in exactly the pose I want to illustrate.  From there we get into the vector art fun of Illustrator!

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Learn Shading and Depth in Adobe Illustrator – A Skillshare Class

New on my Skillshare channel!

adobe illustrator coverLearn Shading and Depth in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is an amazing design program that can execute resizable vector graphics with ease, but many designers find themselves heading over to Photoshop for shading and adding atmospheric depth to their works.  This course focuses on the unique set of tools within Illustrator to give the impression of a three dimensional space, make your characters pop off of their backgrounds, and breathe a new life into the flat vector look.

Premium sign up with 2 free months of Skillshare is here, but a free link to just this course is here!

DIY Soundtracks With Splice Sounds + Garageband iOS

Garageband iOS is the recording studio in my pocket at all times, and with both the internal instruments and sampled sounds I’m able to create entire soundtracks that sound like full live bands.  The main source of my samples is a service/ app called Splice, which aggregates producer packs from cutting edge electronica to live jazz, world music and classical sounds.  In this video I talk you through my process of using Splice to source my individual music samples, then I show you how I’m able to construct my Garageband iOS tracks and play along with the samples to make fully finalized soundtracks for my short films and animations.

Instax Model Shoot Series with Glass Olive

Welcome to a new series where I show you some specific shoots I did with models and Fuji Instax film!  These images were shot with the Fuji Instax Mini Neo Classic 90 in 2015 with model/ actress/ Penthouse Pet Glass Olive aka Olive Glass.  We shot in Utah by the Great Salt Lake, a very barren area ideal for the minimalist photography I like with my Instax.

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“Jiangshi” – new fashion/ music /art video

“Jiangshi” is a new track I created this summer in a spurt of music making- basically I got really into the Chinese folk instruments and normal orchestral bits on my iPhone’s Garageband and went to town.  About a dozen tracks were made, and the cream I put together as an EP, “The Haunting of Three Gorges”.  
“Jiangshi”, specifically, has Alina Lee vocals as a few of the instruments, and is an industrial trip hop stomper with a lot of melodic Eastern orchestral bits.  I’m super proud of the song and the video which used Alana Schoen and Sky K Blue and features makeup fx by Crissy Stardust.  
The $7 EP, containing 8 songs and 2 remixes, is available here now! 
This video is actually a very short edit of the actual “Jiangshi” which clocks in at around 4:30.  Just enough to give a sense of the full song- videos like these are equal parts fashion/ beauty, art, and music video, and I love when it all dovetails in this way!

Design + the dancer

I wanted to post a few recent images I did with dancer/ stuntwoman Alana Schoen in LA.  Probably my favorite styling to work with is a black turtleneck and leggings; I’ve done it many times with many different models and it always comes out with a super clean design that appeals to me.  Alana (228 of 513)-Edit

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Documentary Portraits, 20 Years Later

Hello out there! This time I’m showing you some of my earliest work- portraits I took while working in developmentally disabled group homes circa 1998-1999. It was my early college years and I was full of social crusading juice. These were all shot with the blessing of the clients and their families, and I describe what I’ve learned in years since about what makes a good documentary portrait project. I also show you some of my recent work with my daughter Magdalena.

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