Sara Fabel is a Finnish model, illustrator, tattoo artist and actress currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
Sara lived her early and late teenage years in Helsinki, Finland. She worked as a primary school teacher (grades 1-9) until moving to Australia and pursuing a career as an illustrator and later transferring in to tattooing. Her tattoo work is well know for it's bold lifework and fine lines.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/sarafabel
-How she went from being a teacher to making her first tattoo.
-How she deals with having a large following and how it can sometimes negatively affect her relationships.
-Trying to only work with and surround herself with people who are good people.
-The difference between highbrow and lowbrow art in terms of social media followers.
-The notion of ego and how toxic it can be.
-How some A-list tattooers can abuse their power.
-How a tattoo is not just the piece of art on your body, but it also comes with the memories of getting the tattoo and having a conversation with the artist.
-The importance of tapping into other people’s energy.
-Doing collaborations with Megan Jean Morris, Ryan Murray, Pony Wave and Cory Divine
-The purpose that writing served for her.
-Her advice for people who have multiple interests, to get specific and hone in on one specific niche.
-How young artists should be prepared to be comfortable being broke while they are starting their careers (and how to not let any emotions attached to that get into their art).
“I make a conscious effort to only work with people that are morally nice.”
“If you’re willing to get very specific, you’re going to cut out 90% of the market, but that 10% is willing to invest in you more.”
“I think it’s important to be prepared to be really poor when you’re an artist because that time is you working towards the bigger purpose.”
“If you’re going to say ‘I can’t do it,’ you’re the only thing standing between you and the success. You are your own worst enemy.”
Christina Moyer is an elementary art teacher from Pennsylvania. Her personal work includes oil painting, watercolor and paper art.
She is also Youngman Brown's sister and the illustrator of their collaborative children's book, The Adventures of Tidy, Messy & VeryMessy, a project that has been in the works for a decade.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/christinamoyer
-How she became interested in art.
-Starting out as an Art Therapy major in college and the decision to become a Fine Art major.
-What led her to decide to become an art teacher.
-Not getting to her personal work for a long period of time because she was so focused on developing her skills as an art teacher.
-The “false starts” that occurred while creating the illustrations for The Adventures of Tidy, Messy & VeryMessy.
-How to determine whether you are dissatisfied with your progress because it isn’t right or because you are a perfectionist.
-Her breakthrough in illustrating The Adventures of Tidy, Messy & VeryMessy in which she completely changed things up and worked with a new medium.
-What was different about one particular summer in which she and her husband created more than any summer before.
-The creative inspiration that she gets from her husband.
-Dealing with a lack of confidence, especially after a long period of not creating.
“I had at least seven or eight false starts.”
“You’ve got to find something that makes you feel good while you do it.”
“I give teaching 100% of me so I don’t allow as much time for myself in my own creating.”
“During that period of not creating, you lose confidence, big time.”
Alexander Soukas is a contemporary realist painter from Denver, Colorado. His serious training in the fine arts began upon attending the Walnut Hill School for the arts, one of five high schools in the country dedicated to rigorous training in music, ballet, theatre, writing, and visual arts.
Unsatisfied with his studies, and desiring to pursue a career as an artist, he began homeschooling as a way of earning his diploma while undertaking an apprenticeship with realist figure painter Jason Polins. Soukas studied traditional painting and drawing in Boston with Polins for 4 years, where he now visits as a guest instructor at Polins' atelier, The Boston School of Painting.
After high school, Soukas studied with scholarship, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in a coordinated program with the University of Pennsylvania for a year before leaving to seek a more rigorous classical training at Studio Incamminati. While there, he worked for and studied under Nelson Shanks as one of his last apprentices.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/alexandersoukas
-What spurred his initial interest in painting.
-The decision he had to make between painting and playing the cello.
-His experience at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and with Jason Polins.
-His experience at The Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and Studio Incamminati.
-His advice to anyone that is unsatisfied with their education.
-Working for and studying under Nelson Shanks.
-How to approach working itself and understanding how to most effectively learn.
-The importance of play (and how to find it).
-Color studies and which types of people succeed at them.
-Attacking your weaknesses.
-Realizing the importance of enjoying the act of painting as opposed to worrying about creating a work of art.
-How he balances his time.
-Giving yourself a full line of questioning before quitting your job to become a full-time artist.
“You just have to follow your gut.”
“All education is self-education.”
“Trust that internal compass and seek out what you need no matter what the risk.”
“You will not find the perfect school. It does not exist for anyone. Part of the education is learning what you don’t want.”
“I decided to attack that weakness and now it is one of my strengths.”
“The struggles never end. In fact, they only get more complicated. But you get better at handling them.”
“Your painting does not lie to you. It simply can’t. It’s a very intense mirroring of your inner life.”