Koosje Koene is an artist, teacher and co-founder of Sketchbook Skool. She has studied graphic design and worked as an award-winning photographer but it was her passion for drawing and painting that became her lifelong mission. Her enthusiasm as an illustrator inspired her to share her learnings online and became the basis for Sketchbook Skool today.
Koosje lives in Amsterdam.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/koosje
-How she was encouraged from a young age to pursue her creative passions.
-Her entry and exit from the world of photography.
-How she became interested in drawing.
-How a dull job can actually make you more creative.
-The experience of creating her own first courses and then meeting Danny Gregory.
-The importance of community for creative individuals (and how Sketchbook Skool’s community differs from others).
-How Draw Tip Tuesday started and how she has been able to stay so consistent for six years.
-How creating Sketchbook Skool and creating instructional videos has changed the way she makes and thinks about art.
-Some of her own creative resistances and how she gets past them.
-How to trick your inner critic.
-How to be able to determine whether you need to move onto a different creative realm or whether you are simply in a funk.
-How she manages her time.
“I realized that I was making things because people were telling me to make them instead of making things that I wanted to make.”
“Every time a course comes out I learn so many things, and that really has made my art evolve very quickly.”
“I loosened up as a person so my art also loosened up.”
“If you want to be creative, make it a habit.”
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Cassie Stephens teaches art at an elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee. She spends a lot of her free time sewing wacky outfits to accompany art lessons, thrift shopping and just making stuff.
She is also the creator and host of the podcast Everyday Art Room, a podcast that offers a glimpse into the world of elementary art and offers advice, stories and ideas to improve your teaching.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/cassiestephens
-Going from a comfortable identity as the “weird artsy kid” in high school to an uncomfortable self-conscious lack of identity in college.
-The difference in mentality between her fine art classes and her art education classes and classmates.
-The biggest lie she was ever told and how it stayed with her for years.
-How she put so much effort into teaching art that she let go of creating for herself for seven years.
-The ways in which she got back to her personal creative side.
-The ways she tries to align her DIY creative side with her teaching side.
-How she balances her time.
-The logic and emotion behind her decision to stop pursuing painting.
-Why we should never create from a place of obligation or guilt, because the work will always reflect those emotions.
-Why we lose our childlike excitement for creativity.
“I had to decide – did I want to be an artist? Or did I want to be an art teacher? Because I was led to believe that I couldn’t be both.”
“Because I spent so much of my time figuring out how to teach art and trying to do the best job that I could, I completely let go of the idea of creating.”
“It’s like a vitamin deficiency. When you’re a creative person and you’re not creating, then something feels off and wrong. You’re not taking your vitamins.”
“I am still an epic poor manager of time but somehow I force myself to find time and to make time.”
“I spent so much time letting my professors in my head and losing track of who I was and why I loved painting.”
Alatar is a genderfluid digital artist who creates character-driven adult illustrations. Their work includes both fanart and original content, and attempts to explore a wide range of body types, ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities (with perhaps slightly more attention paid to abs). They are also the host of the podcast Blue Magic, where they interview other creatives in the erotic field.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/296
-Feeling like a NPC (Non Player Character) in your own life and taking control of
-How the Miracle Morning was a game-changer.
-“Voltroning” resources or inspirations together.
-Visualization, manifestation and prioritization.
-Watching movies through the lens of your favorite character and asking, What can I learn from him/her?
-Seeing yourself doing the daily hard work as part of your montage (and even adding a soundtrack to it).
-How the “silly” and woo-woo are preferable to the serious.
-Gnosticism and how it relates to creativity.
-What to expect (and warnings) for people who are starting to try something like The Miracle Morning.
-Having “hills to die on” and deciding what is most important to you beforehand so that it is no longer a decision.
-Tips and hacks for actually waking up earlier every day.
“I close my eyes, exhaled and decided that I had hopped universes.”
“The moment you start working on yourself and changing how you operate in the world, the rest of it flows from there.”
“A big way that I interrogate reality is through stories and mythology.”
“Imagine The Matrix, except all of us are Neo.”
“Build the small victories every day.”
Troy Plota has been an award-winning Professional Photographer for over 30 years. His work has appeared in top magazines including Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and many more. His advertising work has also appeared on dozens of billboards in New York's Times Square, as well as on the Vegas strip. He has photographed dozens of celebrities like Heidi Klum, Usher, Mariah Carey, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and many more.
Troy has always been on the forefront of technology and gave the Ted Talk titled "The Future of Photography." Troy's latest creation is the digital sharing platform Plotaverse, which also features his award winning app, Plotagraph. It was the only App featured on the Apple Store for the release of the iPhone X.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/troyplota
-How he tries to constantly push the limits of technology.
-The importance of having the perspective of an artist while creating software.
-How challenges and contests have grown and matured the Plotaverse community.
-How he helps photographers and visual artists with monetization.
-The significance of motion art.
-How he was able to get 4 million downloads.
-Reaching out to his competition and realizing that they all have very similar stories.
-Why traditional artists might want to consider adding motion to their art.
-Some of the difficulties that he is seeing other photographers having as technology continues to change.
“I don’t think there’s anything more important than helping artists monetize their work.”
“To monetize your passion is freedom.”