Monday, August 26, 2019

2.09 Episode Stephen Frink Underwater Photographer, Writer, and Publisher

I've been lucky to have so many amazing artists on my podcast. Stephen Frink is a prolific underwater photographer that I met during my time at Scuba Diving Magazine. I worked there as the advertising designer, and Stephen was the Photo Editor and he traveled all over to write and take underwater photos of the areas. I am going to put his full bio below so you can read it.
Listen to his interview at My Creative Life.  Thank you for listening!

To see more of Stephen Frink's work visit:
StephenFrink.com
Stephen Frink Facebook
Stephen Frink Instagram

About Stephen Frink
Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published UW photographers, with a career spanning four decades. He arrived in Key Largo in 1978 to open a small studio dedicated to UW photo services, primarily renting cameras and processing E-6 slide film, but he soon began to receive assignments to photograph and write articles for the consumer dive publications of the day. He worked as a photojournalist for Skin Diver magazine for 17-years, covering much of the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida Keys for the publication. Subsequently he worked as the Director of Photography for Scuba Diving magazine. Most recently, and for the past 10 years, Stephen has been the publisher of Alert Diver Magazine, a beautiful coffee-table collectible magazine for the members of the Divers Alert Network.
Stephen teaches Masters level courses of Stephen Frink School of Underwater Digital Imaging in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida. Clients for assignment photography over the past 40 years have included Scubapro, Victoria’s Secret, Aqualung, Oceanic, Canon, Nikon, Subgear, Mercury Marine, Jantzen, Alcan Aluminum, R.J. Reynolds, Seaquest, Henderson Aquatics, American Express, Hanes, Club Med; as well as scores of resorts and live-aboard dive boats throughout the world. Rolex Watch Company has also engaged Frink for both endorsement campaign and product photography. He sits on the Boards of Directors of the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Florida Keys chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and is active with various ocean conservation initiatives.
Other Frink enterprises include a dive travel company, WaterHouse Tours and Reservations and a Seacam USA, the North American distribution of the Austrian underwater housing and strobe manufacturer.
Stephen lives in Key Largo, where he operates a studio and gallery at Mile Marker 101, Bayside.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

2.07 Episode Sylvia Strand Visual Artist


On this episode 2.07 I have Sylvia Strand, an artist based out of the Atlanta that does commission work. I happen to meet Sylvia while I was pursuing my Art Education Certificate at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Sylvia has great work and has created an art business so we caught up and discussed how she got it going.

To see more of Sylvia's work visit her on or contact her to commission a piece.
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To listen to the podcast visit My Creative Life on anchor.fm.
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Monday, July 15, 2019

2.05 Interview Jennifer Greive, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Hand Lettering Artist


Today I have my first guest from my Instagram feed, Jennifer Greive. I've been following her work for the past year. I came across her from some of the other lettering artists I follow. Her work is super cute, and profession! I feel very fortunate to have her on the podcast. Here is a little about Jennifer. She specializes in t-shirt design, logos, and branding. Her personal brand Fueled By Letters was born from her love for Typography and Hand Lettering. Jennifer started out at a very young age doing illustration which then lead to the world of Graphic Design. Anime got her into design. She attended Stark State College of Technology and The University of Akron receiving both an Associates and Bachelors degree in Graphic Design. Jennifer is available for commissioned work or visit her Etsy store to purchase a digital print.
To see more of Jennifer's work visit:
Fueled by Lettters
Instagram @Jennifer.Greive

My Creative Life with Nancy Miller 
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Monday, July 8, 2019

2.04 Interview Heather Tietz, Writer

This episode I interviewed my writer friend Heather Tietz. I was lucky to illustrate her book Yes, Jesus Loves You. She is a talented writer, and a really nice person!  Little about Heather below:
In 2008 Heather's first book with Cook Communications was born,"Through the Bible Crafts for K-1st Grade". In 2009 she was contracted to write "Crafty Cookin'" for Cook Communications, as well; both are FunStuff books, stand-along books that can be used to supplement Bible-in-Life Sunday School curriculum. Her picture book, inspired by her daughter, was published later in 2009 by Ambassador Books, a subsidiary of Paulist Press. It is titled "Yes, Jesus Loves You" after the old and well-loved hymn. "12 Colorful Things" was released summer 2011, and "Rock-a-Bye Baby Jesus" was published in December of that year.
Here is Heather's author page on Amazon.   

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Monday, July 1, 2019

2.03 Podcast Interview Marsha Lott


On this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking to Marsha Lott, a watercolor painter and art teacher.  She has taught for over 30 years and has had her work in several galleries. She has traveled as far as Alaska to teach her fabulous watercolor techniques. I'm very fortunate to know her, and she is a generous soul with knowledge and kindness.  She shared her extensive knowledge about getting into galleries and showing at festivals. Thank you for listening!
To see more of Marsha Lott's work visit her FB page Lott Fine Art & Photography.
 
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

2.02, Interview with Danielle Brannon, Photographer

Screen Shot 2019-06-15 at 12.33.56 AMOn Season 2 episode 2, I had the opportunity to interview Danielle Brannon, photographer, in the Statesboro area. She is the photographer for the Averitt Art Center in Statesboro, GA, and a freelance photographer. I met Danielle while teaching in Bulloch County. On top of her photography business, she is an art teacher. I got some great tips on the business of photography and how she balances it all. To see more of Danielle’s photography visit her Instragram @danielle.brannon.photography.

2.01 Interview with Whitney Earley, Artist/Teacher

This is Season 2 of My Creative Life. I’m interviewing my friend Whitney Earley, artist and art teacher based out of Ohio. She currently teaches high school. I met Whitney while I was teaching in Bulloch Co, and had loads of laughs with her while attending art teacher conferences and PD. This is here story about her creative life. You can see Whitney’s work on her instagram @whitneyearley.

Listen to the podcast at My Creative Life.
Thanks for listening!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Episode 13 – Interview Nikita Prokhorov, Graphic Designer


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I met Nikita, 13 yrs ago at Scuba Diving Magazine. He filled in for me while I was on maternity leave. He had just finished his MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Nikita has some beautiful design work and I’ve been watching is an evolution of his work on his Instagram TypebyNikita.

Here is a link to the podcast on My Creative Life Episode 13.

Below is a little bit more about him.

Nikita is an NYC-based lettering artist, graphic designer, and design professor. His minimalist style reflects an admiration for work such as pure marks by Stefan Kanchev and beautiful typography of Doyald Young. As one happy client put it, ‘his work is conceptual, clean, and the reasoning behind every design decision is crystal clear.’ Focusing mainly on logotypes and lettering, Nikita has worked on a variety of design projects for local and international clients. He is an ambigram expert that has taught several ambigram workshops–in addition to having written a book about ambigrams. Nikita’s work has been featured in multiple design books and websites.

His love of bad puns and jokes is second only to his love of type. To pass the time between projects, he reads, scuba dives, skydives, wingwalks, skis (not very gracefully), and travels. He thinks that writing about himself in third person is a bit strange, but he has gotten used to it.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Episode 12 – Interview with Illustrator, Travis Falligant for My Creative Life

Artist Bio - IBTrav - Travis Falligant, Character IllustratorThis podcast episode will be live on Saturday, June 1st at 2 pm. on My Creative Life. I had an amazing time talking with my college friend, Travis Falligant. I had the pleasure of meeting Travis while attending SCAD. He may have been one of the first people I met from orientation. Travis has been bringing pop culture and movies into his illustration work. He has done work for Fangoria, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox. Just to name a few clients. I could tell when we met at SCAD Travis had a passion for movies & pop culture.
I laughed so much while we talked about our time at SCAD during the 90’s. Now seeing his illustration work it amazes me how he takes popular culture and iconic 90’s movies and puts his own spin on it.

Some of his illustration work contains mature content. To see Travis’ art and animations you can see his illustrations at ibTrav.com or follow him on instagram/ibTrav
To see my illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.com or on dribbble.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Episode 2: Shortcake Watercolor

This is Episode 2. I'm doing a watercolor of a shortcake, and I created some hand lettering with it.


Episode 1 My Process

I started posting videos for my exploration in illustration. I've started with this episode 1. I hope you enjoy! It's about the new Koi Watercolor Field Set I just got from dickblick.com.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Wacom Cintiq Tablet


I got a wacom cintiq pro 16". It is one of the best digital investments I've ever made. I'm super excited that I finally got this tool. I now have a completely digital workflow from beginning to send. I spent about 6 months researching different reviews to make sure this is what I wanted. There are other Chinese knock offs that had promising reviews, but I went with a brand I've used before. Prior to this purchase I'd owned a Wacom Bamboo & Wacom Intuos Pro. Then I purchased a iPad 2018 then I knew I wanted to get a tablet I could draw on full time. Another reason I went with wacom was that the drivers from the other manufacturers didn't have the greatest reviews.

Here are the videos I watched in order to make my decision.







Here is a Huion review that I thought was helpful.