My Creative Life for Artists

My Creative Life for Artists

By Nancy Miller
My name is Nancy Miller, and I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Georgia. I'm interested in other artists and how they stay motivated and keep passionate about their own work. How they sell and market themselves. How do you balance your home, creative, and work life? I will be documenting my own creative process in these podcasts. Thanks for listening.
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Episode 2.09 Stephen Frink Underwater Photographer, Writer, and Publisher
Episode 2.09. 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.
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August 19, 2019
Episode 2.08 Reema Zoumut, Animation/Graphic Design/Photo Teacher
In this episode 2.08 I had the honor of interviewing Reema Zoumut, or "Mrs. Z" as she is fondly called by her students. Her teaching career spans 30 yrs and she teaches high school animation, graphic design, and photography. I'm very fortunate that a little over 2 years ago I google searched animation teachers, and her name comes up at the top of the list. Reema helped me create my own animation pathway from sharing her extensive knowledge in education and art. Her website at her high school is a great resource for those interested in teaching digital media.  Her students have gone on to work for major game industry companies such as Blizzard. Sorry the audio quality is not the best. We had some tech issues, so had to record via cell phone.  Bolsa Grande High School Mrs. Z Instagrams Bolsa Grande Graphic Design Bolsa Grande Animation _______________________ To see Nancy Miller's illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.comor on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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August 5, 2019
Episode 2.07 Sylvia Strand, Visual Artist
On this episode 2.07 I have Sylvia Strand, an artist based out of the Atlanta that does commissioned work. I happen to meet Sylvia while I was pursing 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. Big Top Brush Strokes Big To Brush Strokes Facebook Here is a link for the book 12 Week Year. Thanks for listening! _______________________ To see Nancy Miller's illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.comor on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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July 29, 2019
Episode 2.06 Interview Pam McKnight Assemblage Artist
This episode I interviewed Pam Knight, artist based out of Boise, Idaho. Pam was a former art teacher, and transitioned into a full time artist. She creates this amazing assemblages. You can see more of her art work on these social media sites: Instagram @BoiseArtist Website Pam McKnight Email boiseartist@gmail.com Every Little Thing Facebook Pam McKnight Blog Thanks for listening! _______________________________________________ To see my illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.comor on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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July 22, 2019
Episode 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 artist 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 Etsy Fueled by Letters Thanks for listening! _______________________ To see Nancy Miller's illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.comor on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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July 15, 2019
Episode 2.04 Interview Heather Tietz, Children's Book 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.   Thanks for listening! _______________________________________________ To see my illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.comor on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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July 8, 2019
Episode 2.03 Interview: Marsha Lott watercolor painter and art teacher
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. ___________________________________ To see my work visit: https://nmillerillustration.com Instagram @nsmillerillustration
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July 1, 2019
Episode 2.02, Interview with Danielle Brannon, Photographer
On 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. Thanks for listening! To see my illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.comor on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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June 24, 2019
Episode 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. To see my illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.comor on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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June 17, 2019
Episode 1.13 - Interview Nikita Prokhorov, Graphic Designer
My next interview is with Nikita Prokhorov. 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. 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.  To see my illustration work visit www.nmillerillustration.com or on dribbble. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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June 10, 2019
Episode 1.12 - Interview with Travis Falligant, Illustrator
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. 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. Instagram.com/nsmillerillustration Nancy Miller Illustration YouTube
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June 1, 2019
Episode 1.11 - Interview Lynn Miller Writer
In episode 11, of My Creative Life, I interviewed writer, Lynn Miller. She also happens to by my wonderful mother-in-law. She has been helping me create my greeting card line. Please tune in and enjoy! If you'd like to find out more about Lynn Miller please visit her instagram. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynn.miller.50746/ ---------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy Miller's Blog: tinyurl.com/mycreativelife My Portfolio: www.nmillerillustration.com/ My Shop: www.nancymillerillustration.com/ Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/ytmessyartteacher Sorry took, 2 weeks of for the holiday. I will be posting a new podcast every Sunday on a weekly basis from now on. Thank you for listening.
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June 10, 2018
Episode 1.10 - Interview with Jim Collins, Graphic Design Instructor
In episode 10, of My Creative Life, I interviewed graphic design instructor, James Collins. I have had the pleasure of working with Jim Collins, this past year, and he's been great to work with. He is also retiring this after this school year from his long head position as a graphic arts educator. Congratulations Mr. Collins and have a happy retirement! Please tune in and enjoy! If you'd like to find out more about James Collins please visit these sites. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-collins-88869531/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimcollins4505/ ---------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy Miller's Blog: tinyurl.com/mycreativelife My Portfolio: www.nmillerillustration.com/ My Shop: www.nancymillerillustration.com/ I will be posting a new podcast every Sunday on a weekly basis from now on. Thank you for listening.
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May 20, 2018
Episode 1.09 - Interview with Caryn Brown Photography Instructor
In episode 9, of My Creative Life, I interviewed photography instructor, Caryn Brown. I have had the pleasure of working Caryn this past year and she is an amazing teacher and coworker. Please tune in and enjoy! If you'd like to find out more about Caryn please visit these sites. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carynlbrown/ ---------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy Miller's Blog: tinyurl.com/mycreativelife My Portfolio: www.nmillerillustration.com/ My Shop: www.nancymillerillustration.com/ I will be posting a new podcast every Sunday on a weekly basis from now on. Thank you for listening.
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May 13, 2018
Episode 1.08 - Interview of James Kaye, Pin Stripe, Hand Letter, and Product Designer
In episode 8 of My Creative Life I interviewed artist, James Kaye. James is based out of Detriot, Michigan. He is a pin stripe artist, hand letter, and product designer. FYI, I realized after I recorded I said episode 7, but it really is 8. Goes by so quickly. Please tune in and enjoy! If you'd like to find out more about James please visit these sites. Alpha 6: https://alpha6.bigcartel.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alphajamesalpha/ Email: alpha6bigcartel@gmail.com ---------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy Miller's Blog: tinyurl.com/mycreativelife My Portfolio: www.nmillerillustration.com/ My Shop: www.nancymillerillustration.com/ I will be posting a new podcast every Sunday on a weekly basis from now on. Thank you for listening.
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May 6, 2018
Episode 1.07 - Interview with fashion designer, Stefanie Kwiatkowski
In episode 7 of My Creative Life I interviewed fashion designer, Stefanie Kwiatkowski. Stefanie is the founder and president of barre'letixx. barre'letixx is a company that produces yoga/barre/pilates and water shoe footwear. The company is based out of Michigan. Please tune in and enjoy! If you'd like to find out more about Stefanie please visit these sites. barre'letixx: http://www.barreletixx.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barreletixx/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barreletixx ---------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy Miller's Blog: tinyurl.com/mycreativelife My Portfolio: www.nmillerillustration.com/ My Shop: www.nancymillerillustration.com/ I will be posting a new podcast every Sunday on a weekly basis from now on. Thank you for listening.
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April 29, 2018
Episode 1.06 - Interview with Artist/Writer Quinn Johnson
In episode 6 of My Creative Life I interviewed artist/writer, Quinn Johnson. He has written for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind, Richie Rich, and more. He is currently the art director and writer for Elders of the RuneStone. Please tune in and enjoy! If you'd like to find out more about Quinn's work please visit these sites. Quinn Johnson's Portfolio: http://mrwonderfulproductions.weebly.com/ Elders of the RunStone: http://runestonecomic.com/ and Podcast: http://runestonecomic.com/podcast/DCTATP/DarkhanCityTimesPodcast/DarkhanCityTimesPodcast.html ---------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy Miller's Blog: tinyurl.com/mycreativelife My Portfolio: www.nmillerillustration.com/ My Shop: www.nancymillerillustration.com/ I will be posting a new podcast every Sunday on a weekly basis from now on. Thank you for listening.
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April 22, 2018
Episode 1.05 - Interview with 3D Character Animator Ryan Bird
This is Episode 5 of My Creative Life by Nancy Miller and today I have the 3D character animator, Ryan Bird with us. He has been kind enough to speak with my animation and game design students at the high school. Ryan has worked on various 3D movie length motion pictures and the Looney Tunes franchise. He tells us how he got into the business of 3D animation and how he continues to be inspired. Love his work. To links to view more of his work see below. Ryan Bird's Demo Reel https://vimeo.com/224253849 Ryan Bird's Blog: http://ryanbird.blogspot.com/ Site Ryan mentions to view great 3D art Art Station: https://www.artstation.com/ ---------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy Miller's Blog: tinyurl.com/mycreativelife My Portfolio: http://www.nmillerillustration.com/ My Shop: http://www.nancymillerillustration.com/ I will be posting new podcasts every Sunday on a weekly basis from now on. Thank you for listening.
42:32
April 15, 2018
Episode 1.04 - Interview with Writer Bestie: Kristin Lanett
In this episode of My Creative Life, I am interviewing my friend Kristin Lanett. She is a writer and her was published in the anthology, "Real Girls Don't Rust". I've know Kristin since high school. I started following her feed on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/marteness_lanett/. I just love how she puts her heart into her writing. I'm still learning how to clean up audio. I did try and add a short background audio in the beginning. Please forgive. Thanks! BLOG: https://tinyurl.com/mycreativelife Instagram: www.instagram.com/nsmillerillustration/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/nmillerillustration/ Youtube: tinyurl.com/youtubemessyartteacher
22:58
April 7, 2018
Episode 1.03 - Interview with Artist Bestie Elena Goad
In this episode of My Creative Life, I am interviewing my friend Elena Goad. She is a photographer and social media manager. I've know Elena since she was a youngin'. I started following her feed on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/heathenseyes/. I just love how she captures her surrounds in California. Listen in. I'm still learning how to clean up audio. Please forgive. Thanks! BLOG: https://tinyurl.com/mycreativelife Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nsmillerillustration/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nmillerillustration/ Youtube: https://tinyurl.com/youtubemessyartteacher
23:56
April 4, 2018
Episode 1.02 -Artist Bestie Interview with Crystal Holman
I interviewed Crystal Holman a wonderful artist and teacher I've known for the past 9 yrs. I asked her 11 questions about her journey as an artist and teacher. Please enjoy!
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April 3, 2018
Episode 1.01 - Creative Life by Nancy Miller Illustration - 10 Questions
This is the very first podcast of Nancy Miller Illustration. I'm an illustrator and teacher. I've created this podcast to talk about my creative life as an illustrator. I came up with 10 questions that I'm planning on asking other creatives. I decided I should try answering those questions myself. Here are the questions: 1. Can you tell us a little about you? 2. Describe the first time you remember making art? 3. What is your favorite type of art to create? 4. Who are some artists that inspire you? 5. What inspired you to be come an artist? 6. What inspired you to become an educator? 7. How do you stay motivated to keep working as an artist? 8. What are you currently working on? 9. Where is your favorite place to see art? 10. What's the most indispensable item in your studio? 11. At the end of your life you've made all the art that you've wanted and you've lived a full life. If there could be nothing left behind of your existence, a note with 3 truths about your life.
43:46
March 31, 2018
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