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!

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Photo Zines – How + Why To Make Them

Photo zines! Small, self published presentations of your photographic works – how and why to make them? I tell you about my experience with copy machine photo zines and Blurb trade books and show you samples of both, then get into why zines are a great option for presenting your photography in a physical way to your audience.

Help support our studio with tutorials and model sets for subscribers at our Patreon and view more tutorials on our Skillshare channel!

Kelly + The Lego Shoot

Kelly Eden + The Lego Shoot – let me tell you all about my attempts to make Lego clothes out of Lego Friends pieces for a photoshoot with model Kelly Eden!  Kelly is a model known for a very particular vibe/ color scheme, and this was definitely a shoot where I played off of a model’s pre-existing style rather than building it from the ground up.  It’s also an opportunity to make use of all the Lego Friends Legos my daughter had laying around.

Help support the art making of our studio and see full model shoot sets at Patreon!

Quick Cuts In Photoshop Mix App

Quick Cuts In Adobe Photoshop Mix!  I use this app on my iPhone to quickly select and mask out objects whenever I’m away from home, taking care of a lot of the drudge work that actually takes longer on my desktop Photoshop.  Here I show you how I get parts of action figures and animals for my animations using Adobe Photoshop Mix.

Help support tutorials and weird videos, and receive weekly model shoot sets via Patreon http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller

and view more tutorials on our Skillshare channel http://www.skillshare.com/r/davidmiller

Patreon vs Tumblr For The Soul Of The Art Nude Photographer

Patreon! Tumblr! Where can or should an artist who photographs nudes share their work? Is censored images on instagram or Facebook good enough? How does one honor the actual work? I do what I can to address the considerations of the art nude/ fashion nude photographer in these 5 brief minutes!

Help support the creative work of our studio at http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller and check out our photography tutorials at http//www.skillshare.com/r/davidmiller

“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!

Phoenix Resists

Phoenix protest (14 of 46)
Trump came to Phoenix and I went down to the protest. People with signs, people cosplaying, these are not things I like to photograph or film, so I didn’t make too much of anything, and I wasn’t involved in the actual chaos that happened after the rally. The truly depressing thing was not seeing the Trump supporters in the flesh but how protestors and MAGA-ers just yell at each other as if that does any good. They don’t even speak the same language. A Trump supporter, at this point, is either completely blind to him being a racist/ why racism is bad, or they fully embrace and endorse being a racist and facist. The Trump protestor largely expressed that he is a racist and facist and it goes into the void between these two camps.
I wonder if MAGA types could be swayed by focusing on collusion with Russia – it is, you know, treason in the actual literal sense.
Life has taught me, though, that if someone supports someone, politically or otherwise, it’s never really about reason, it’s about emotion, and underlying strong beliefs that have no rationale behind them.
A Trump supporter genuinely believes white male dominance trumps any treason, law breaking, gangsterism, decline in cultural values or standing in the world, etc.
It’s how evangelicals still support a person so clearly unreligious, unspiritual, how poor rural people support a man who is the biggest rich city slicker of all.
How someone could claim to be a patriot and still defend the Confederacy and treason with foreign hostile nations.
What does screaming back and forth do to change any of that?