4.04 Michael Mammay, Author

I talked with author Michael Mammay on this episode of My Creative Life.  About Michael.
Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. He is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history, and he currently teaches American literature. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut novel, Planetside came out in July, 2018, and was selected as a Library Journal best book of 2018. The audio book, narrated by RC Bray, was nominated for an Audie award. The sequel, Spaceside, hit the shelves on August 27th, 2019. Michael lives with his wife in Georgia.
To read more about Michael Mammay and his books visit: Michael Mammay Twitter
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How to add gesture in your drawings

I made a video of how to get more gesture in your drawing, so your figures are so stiff when you draw them. I have problems with it in my own artwork. This video shows what I did to improve it. Happy teaching and drawing. 

4.03 Josh Cleland, Freelance Illustrator

I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Cleland a freelance illustrator based out of Portland, Oregan. Here is a little bit about Josh.  Since 2009 I’ve been creating high-quality, fun illustrations for clients all over the world including Highlights for Children magazine, Storytime magazine, Pinterest, and Wieden & Kennedy. My whimsical illustrations can be found in picture books, billboards, iOS apps, album covers, websites, my parents’ fridge, posters, newsletters, animations and more.   To see more of his work visit.   Listen at My Creative Life. Thanks for listening and please subscribe!

What is trim, bleed, live area, and gutter for illustrators?

I noticed in the FB group I'm in that there were some questions about this. It's relevant to know these terms: trim, bleed, live area, and gutter. It's really important as an illustrator that you provide your client with the correct file size. I created this video to help explain the terms.

4.02 Kimberly Kaiser, Artist and Art Teacher

Hi all, I talked with Kimberly Kaiser about her lovely mixed media pieces she has been posting on her Instagram. Love how she captures childhood. She is a mother, artist, and educator.  To see more of her art on Instagram @kimberlykaiserart.Listen to the interview at My Creative Life.

4.01 Courtney Mayo, Surface Designer

I was so excited to have Courtney on this episode. I'm on season 4. She is an amazing surface designer and freelance illustrator that did her BFA and MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Here is a bit about Courtney.
I'm a freelance artist and illustrator with a fondness for cats, cake, reading, and good design. My illustrations are primarily digital, but I try to incorporate traditional textures into my vector work and I still enjoy sketching and painting as a way to step away from my computer on occasion! When not drawing, you can usually find me trying to cook, curled up with a good book, or off exploring the world.
Clients include American Greetings, IG Design Group, Design House Greetings, SCAD, Air Bnb, and Great Arrow Graphics. Look for my designs at Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s and Family Dollar!
See her work on her website Instagram Courtney Mayo
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3.13 Penny Weber, Children's Book Illustrator

In this episode of My Creative Life, I had the opportunity to speak with Penny Weber a children's book illustrator in NY. Here is a little bit about Penny.  Penny Weber is a full-time artist and illustrator from Long Island, New York, where she’s lived all of her life. She works both digitally and traditionally in acrylics and watercolors. Penny attended classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  Over the years she has worked in residential murals, greeting cards, and she still offers portraits, caricatures, and pet portraits to independent clients.  In 2007, Penny turned her attention to children’s book illustration and quickly signed with Wendy Mays and Janice Onken to be represented by WendyLynn & Company.  Since then Penny has illustrated many books, including the Chris P. Bacon series for Hay House Publishers.  Some of Penny’s other clients are McGraw Hill Education, Seed Learning, Tilbury House, and Learning A-Z.  Penny is proud to boast that she has NEVER missed…