3.04 Hayley Ward, Artist and Art Teacher

In this episode of My Creative Life, my guest was Haley Ward. She is an art educator and artist. I had the pleasure of getting to know Haley from working in Bulloch Co. Schools. She talks about her passion for being a teacher and an artist. She started a digital media program at her school for visual arts. She talks about her experiences.  To see more of Hayley's work and teaching visit:

Here is the link to the interview.
My Creative Life Podcast

3.03 Sumam Azzam, Illustrator

In this episode I had Sumam Azzam, a fellow grad student in the MFA program at SCAD. We had Digital Solutions for Illustrators together. He has some outstanding work in portraiture and concept art. He's working on his thesis and took some time away from his busy schedule to talk about his passion for painting and teaching. If you would like to see his work check out his Instagram @sumamx.
Listen to the interview at My Creative Life with Nancy Miller.

09 Speed Painting and Talk. Adding Value in Photoshop CC 2020

I've learned a lot in my Drawing for Illustrators Grad class. I think I'm starting to realize that I have better instincts then I think when it comes to my own artwork. I am getting better at critiquing artwork. 
In this 09 episode, I do a talk while speed painting about the importance of adding values in your illustration work. Also found this amazing app called Brush Box. Extensions are a great way to add those little things you wish Photoshop did better. I got it from
It does a great job. The only thing is sometimes you have to click the brush maybe more then once to switch it. Don't care like the ability to organize and color code my brushes. For $15 it's pretty sweet.

08 How I paint a watercolor of a mouse

Just posted a new video on my process for painting a mouse character using watercolors.

I'm also posting this coloring sheet version of it for those that want to paint their own mouse. It is a JPG file and you can copy it and save it. I took the image and put it in Photoshop and used the Image>Adjustments>Threshold option. Then I put it on a lower opacity. That way you can print and then color it in. If you are printing this on an inkjet printer please be aware that the inks will run. Print to a copier or laserjet printer for best results. Enjoy!

06 How to Photomerge a traditional drawing in Photoshop CC 2020

I created this video to show how to merge sections of a drawing you want to merge together in Photoshop. I had someone in my class ask me how I did it. Figure make a video tutorial on it.

05 Episode Tracing Your Sketch in Photoshop CC 2020

I've made a video 2. I'm posting on the weekends. Currently working at a sweet little coffee shop and getting some classwork done for my graduate class and getting a video posted. I'm getting all the business stuff done today. Saturday is a good time to do it. I'm posting links to my videos, adding to Instagram stories. The things that every artist just loves to do, said No artist ever. I've learned to try and start treating my work as a business.

I had a talk with a writer from work. He has had several books published in the SCFI genre. Discussed the nature of creative work. I want to make it a full-time job and still do some teaching on the side. I told him I feel like there is always the push in school to try and shoot for excellence which is great. I'm practical in my old age. It would be great to be a Caldecott winner, or place gold in some prestigious illustration contest. When I was first working I did get into the SILA competition. Who has the money to …