Season 7 is upon us and I had time between quarters to chat with another group of really nice artists for this season. Many of the came from my book illustration class and from my SVS Learns Children's Book Pro Class.
Check out their work on Instagram.
7.01 Aaron Stryner, Illustrator 8/29
My cohost for that episode was Robin Mallory
Thanks for listening everyone! I was surprised to see that there has been over 3000 listens to the interviews. I hope they have been inspiring and help you on your art journey! If you have any questions or topics you want to hear more about please drop a comment.
I've been experimenting on my own personal illustration work, while getting my MFA in Illustration. I decided to use some of my illustrations to make a free downloadable PDF for a bookmark and book plates. If you have little ones or for yourself feel free to download and cut them out.
Please do not resell or distribute. All rights belong Nancy Miller Illustration. Thank you!
I'm into season 6 of my podcast interviewing creatives and how and why they create their art. I decided this season should focus on animation. Though I struggled dearly with creating works for my animation class I had so many supportive and friendly classmates in my animation class. Here's the list of accomplished people and I'll be making a recap at the end of what I learned. I seem to get a lot more listens when I do that. I would normally do separate posts for each person, but I'm short of time and have been super busy with personal and side projects. There seems to never been enough time in a day or week for that matter. Really lovely group of people and I hope you'll take the time to listen and check out their work on their sites. Links have been provided below. Thanks for everyone's support and listens to the podcast please like and subscribe! I'm nearing close to 3,000 listens.
June 06 6.01 Nino or Xinyi Cao @blanknk5512, Illustrator
June 13 6.02 Morgan Holub @moholub, Animator and Storyteller
June 20 6.03 Robin Mallory @rgmallo, Painter and Illustrator
June 27 6.04 Casandra Brewton-Johnson Animator and ASIFA-South
July 04 6.05 Avery Kasper, @averykasper_art Painter and Teacher
July 11 6.06 Mónica Rodríguez @lisse_srm, Animator
July 25 6.08 Nick Gottswinter, @nickolas_gottswinter, Animator
Aug 01 6.09 Roger Miller @r_edgar_hoover, Animator
Aug 15 6.11 Jeffrey Yu, Concept Artist and ASIFA-South and Ginger Tontaveetong, Animator and ASIFA-South
I feel like process for me has been a huge part of the journey with my illustration work. The more I spend time thinking about my process and making improvements I move up the ladder in leaps and bounds. I made a Youtube Video about How I take my drawings to final digital file. See the video below, and please like and subscribe for future video content about my process!
I decided to take an animation course for an elective while working on my MFA. Best thing I could do and boy did it make more work hard! Animators work so hard. Here are 3 animations I posted on my Youtube Channel. I also have video tutorials for Adobe Software we used in class. Met some really nice fellow students in my class. They were so encouraging and provided some great tips! Stay tuned I interviewed some of them for my podcast. See below for the videos and please like and subscribe to my channel.
I worked on a cut paper illustration of a dragon reading to some kids and thought I would turn it into a coloring sheet for kids that are stuck at home and want something fun to color. I would like to make some other fun PDF activities in the future. Stay tuned!
Here is the link FUN STUFF. Click Download file to get your PDF to download.
I did some work for Apple Sauce Book Publishing recently and the workbook is no available for purchase. I did some spot illustrations in Adobe Illustrator for their numbers workbook for preschool to age 6. Here is a link to their website. https://applesaucebooks.weebly.com/
You can purchase the book on Amazon.com and here is a direct link to the Preschool Numbers Work book. It was a learning experience working with the editorial director, Heather Tietz. She is wonderful to work with and she was willing to allow me a great deal of freedom to work on the illustrations. I did some cute black and white vector illustrations of farm animals, and created the logo design. She is an experienced writer and educator for early education.
It's great working with people like that and it makes you feel like you had a hand in creating the final product! I'm looking forward to continue working with Applesauce Books in the future.
I found this challenge on IG about the Paper Artist Collective called #amonthinpaper. I've been working further art exploring my cut paper technique. A great way for you to challenge yourself in cut paper. Follow the prompt #amonthinpaper to see cut paper artist and their work around the world.
I made a Youtube Playlist because I noticed that when I was teaching classes my graphic students the image are not the same size. After we got into Adobe Indesign this was a great way to get them to create their own portfolios that they could send JPGs or PDF to a client. Having a website is important, but illustration clients may want JPG or PDF samples for their artist archives.
AirBNB has been using illustration heavily in the ad campaigns. Which is great news for illustrators. They went above that by creating a free online resource for freelance illustrators or it could be used for freelance artist in general to work through the process.
The break down the site into categories: Nailing the Brief, Championing Originality, Outwit Deadlines, Demystify Feedback, and About Tyrus. The site was named after Tyrus Wong, a former creative for Disney. He was the uncredited for creating the look and visual development for Bambi. If you don't know much about Tyrus watching the PBS special called Tyrus. Here is a link for the episode. I ended up buying it on DVD to show my animation students.
Back to the website Tyrus. I think its a great idea especially coming from a client that works heavily with illustration. It's a two way street of communication. I think this would be great for me to provide a client that might be new to working with freelance illustrators. Check it out!