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.

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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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Dusk + DIY Zine Class

It’s zine fest season again, and I’m finishing up on my first “big production” zine.  This one is called Dusk and features a combination of sharp graphic design on my photographs combined with hard edged poetry from a few wonderfully talented writers. I shaped it in response to the hard political climate we currently live under, even though politics are not present, it definitely shows in the emotional response represented in Dusk.

I made so many zines last year, and none in 2017, that I’m suddenly remembering how fun and expressive zine making is, like running into an old best friend.

I made a class for zine beginners on my Skillshare channel, and it’s still one of my highest rated/ most frequently lauded classes.  No experience necessary, just paper and pens!

Finding Your Photographic Vision – A Skillshare Class

Hey out there!  Summer’s winding down, my kids are back in school, and Skillshare classes can once again start flowing.  This one is about a topic near and dear to my heart – Finding Your Photographic Vision.  It’s a class not about the technical side of photography but about the steps anyone can take to become more unique and expressive in their photographic art.

Click here to enroll right away and start learning –>Finding Your Photographic Vision!

I also wanted to mention that San Diego Comic Con just wrapped up, and Adobe sponsored me to give a panel on their motion capture animation software Character Animator.  It was a hoot to be onstage at the largest comics convention anywhere, and it’s all down to a film I made called The Innocence of Seduction and the corresponding classes I created on Skillshare.  On my channel there are lessons about Motion Comics in Photoshop, Character Animator, After Effects, and other Character Animator tutorials here and here!

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Finding Your Photographic Vision #1: Heroes

In light of the massive number of gear reviews and how-tos on YouTube, I felt like making a short vlog focusing on developing a personal vision.  In Part 1, I tell you about some of my own photographic heroes – Sebastio Salgado and Ralph Eugene Meatyard- and how they influenced some of my own work.

Minimal Monochrome Model Instax

I’ve come to the conclusion that instant film is the ideal format for my photography – minimalist, strange, shot with “what you see is what you get” style lighting.  These were shot with Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film – 10 Exposures on my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera, and here’s a little tutorial from my YouTube on how to get the double exposure effect you see in Shasta’s image!

Instant Film, Creative Damage

Welcome to another of my video series featuring creative things you can do with instant film! In this video I show you a technique for mark making on both Fuji Instax Mini and Impossible Project film alongside a few examples I shot with models Mckenzie Eckels and Kaila Stone.

If you enjoy this instant film video I encourage you to check out the other ones on my channel!

I have a full class on instant film techniques over on my Skillshare channel.

Film used in this video is Impossible Project Polaroid 600 and the Fujifilm Instax Mini!