Hello My Name Is Maggie Zine + Udemy Coupon!

This zine is the first collaboration between myself and my daughter Maggie, incorporating her unique writing style and images I shot of our adventures around the world!  It’s one of those rare things I made that seems to have connected to an audience outside of fans of particular models.

For more zine ideas, check out this video I made on Photo Zines…

and learn how to make your first zine on your own with this coupon for my Udemy course on the topic!

 

 

 

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“Dusk” zines 1-3 – model photography meets graphic design in troubled times

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I had been wanting to do a graphic design-themed zine for a long while (having access to a fairly nice color copier at my work) and by the time Phoenix Zine Fest rolled around fall of 2017, I had enough material to make 3 issues.  Models include my daughter Maggie, Alina Lee aka Thumbelina, McKenzie Eckels, Ana Corbí, and many many more of my favorite people.
Graphic design school was my first education after high school and anything pushing design or altered photography I’m there for.  It is so much fun to take an image and push it to new levels.  

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Anyone interested in actually owning a zine can order one on my shop.  Each are approximately 6×8″ with card stock cover, hand stitched binding, 20 pages of design and writing and a 16 track CD of original ambient/ trip hop music I made.

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I have an explainer video of why you may want to make a zine of your own on my YouTube!  Feel free to contribute to the list of complaining comments about how the music is too loud in this particular video.

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!

The Art of Pushing Pixels and Waveforms on my Skillshare Channel

It’s been close to a year since I started my Skillshare channel and at the time of this writing I’m offering 17 classes, from Photography to Video Editing to Sound Mixing to Ceramics to Illustration.  It seems like a variety of things but to me it’s all art, mostly involving pixels and waveforms.  When you’ve been doing stuff for a long time, you pick up a number of useful skills, and that’s the overall premise of Skillshare.

The Skillshare site itself encourages people to create bite-sized, project oriented classes that are complete in themselves, which is understandable- I myself check the run time of a class, and if it’s over 45 minutes, no matter how interested I am in the topic, I’ll probably skip it.

I was able to get 5 tutorials up in September, and my goal for the rest of the year is to continue with 1 new class a week.  Some classes have been very broad and beginner-level, others- like my Motion Comics series or Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture– have been very targeted and based on personal projects I’ve been working on.

At this point I want to ask anyone out there:  what would you like to see a tutorial on?  Basic stuff, m0re photography, more video, sound editing, process videos of someone creating a piece of art?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

Make A Zine From Scratch – a Skillshare class in honor of the San Diego Zine Fest

In celebration of San Diego Zine Fest this weekend, I created a new Skillshare class on the topic:  Make A Zine From Scratch.jpeg-image-4f6a971bb424-1

Zines are DIY, fun forms of small press expression; anything goes in a zine, but when “anything goes” it often is such an open-ended concept that people don’t know where to start.  In this bite-sized class we’ll put together a zine with the most basic of materials- no computers, no high-end printing or fancy art supplies.

The goal here is to craft a personal story that communicates and has all the pages facing the right direction. Beyond that, the goal is to crack open our shells, overcome fear and get familiar with self publishing.  This is the first step.  Signup for the class is here and, if you plan on coming out to the SD Zine Fest, stop by my table and say hi!  I’m listed as Primordial Creative, my studio name.

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