Ahmed Aldoori is a digital painter and illustrator who has worked on a range of projects from movies, theme parks and video games.
He also has a popular YouTube channel where he shares tutorials, sketchbook tours, critiques and original artwork videos to his 200,000+ subscribers.
Ahmed also has a bustling community on his Patreon page, where he not only shares his art, but also assignments for his patrons.
-How he went to school for Computer Science and quickly realized that art was too big of an obsession.
-Wishing that he hadn’t taken the “safe path” and researching the fact that there actually was a path for him to pursue art from the start.
-Whether or not you should go to art school.
-The moment that made him realize how he needed to structure his Patreon community.
-The way that his Patreon supporters and Discord chat mimic the university scenario of going to war with your friends.
-The camaraderie that he shares with his community when he lets his guard down and shares that he struggles with certain things as well.
-How writing things down allows him to be a therapist to himself and address his resistances head-on.
-His advice for those who are scared of writing their “inner-most secrets” in their sketchbooks, where others might eventually see it.
-Gaining clarity from taking a break from his creative pursuits.
-Being able to look back at his life as an outsider and the way that changed things when he came home.
“It works for some people to have something laid out for them. But I think for creative people, we temperamentally tend not to like to be put into a box.”
“That’s the case for any artist. There’s always going to be that thing that you keep chasing. It’s like a carrot on a stick, and it’s a different carrot every time.”
“Look at your flaws head on.”
“I looked at my life in America as a movie that I was editing, and when I came back I decided that I was going to let it play out the way I wanted it to, based on the things that I had overcome.”
“Vulnerability is the one that shows that you’re human and will have that limbic resonance with other people. It is the through-line.”
“Every artist got to where they are because of their obstacles, not because of their conveniences.”
“Find out where you want to be in ten years and reverse engineer how you’re going to get there.”
Lily Hevesh is a professional Domino Artist who produces weekly videos on her YouTube channel, Hevesh5, while also doing professional projects for companies, ad agencies, brands, schools, and others seeking Domino Art.
She currently has over 600 million total YouTube views and 2 million subscribers, making her the #1 most subscribed Domino Artist on the web.
Her videos have been featured on NBC, FOX News, Nickelodeon, CNN, CBS, MSN, the front page of Reddit, the front page of YouTube, and other various sources. She has also worked with Will Smith for the feature film, Collateral Beauty, as well as Katy Perry for the launch of her new album, Witness.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/lilyhevesh
-How she first got interested in domino art.
-The video that went completely viral, getting three million views in the first two days.
-The business opportunities that came as a result of her channel growing.
-How much planning goes into her elaborate projects.
-The method by which she makes complicated words, logos and images with dominoes.
-The way that she is able to limit the damage in case disaster strikes.
-The importance of learning from failures.
-How she learned to work the camera during the topples.
-The experience of working on Collateral Beauty with Will Smith.
-Being able to travel the world.
-The experience of working with other domino builders and people who understand “domino language.”
-How she decides whether or not to play it safe or take risks with her tricks.
-The love/hate relationship she has with large live events.
-How posting content every week has given her a career (and also allowed her to cut down her perfectionism).
-Her plans for the future of Hevesh5.
“Even though I do plan it, most of the magic happens when I actually start building and I can see it on the spot.”
“I’m a mixture of hopeful and nervous as I’m putting down the dominoes.”
“Failure is part of the process itself.”
“When I have a deadline, it pushes me a little bit more to actually get things done.”
“It’s definitely important to be consistent, especially when you’re posting online.”
Marie-Noëlle Wurm is a multidisciplinary French-American-German artist & illustrator who paints, draws, sculpts, creates puppets, lives at night and loves chocolate.
Her paintings are often filled with whimsical creatures that seem lost, floating in undefinable worlds that are colorful and strange.
She is also a top Skillshare instructor where she shares her skills, tools, tips and tricks.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/320
-Getting her degrees in biology, English literature and film, and puppet theater.
-How Sandrine Gaudet’s class broke down all of her walls that had been keeping her from drawing and painting in a serious way.
-How literally anything can be a source of inspiration.
-The way in which seeing your art simply as information can take some of the pressure off of yourself.
-The importance of seeing all creativity as an experiment.
-Why she has a particular distaste for the word ‘talent.’
-Why a fixed mindset is so detrimental to human beings.
-Her attempt to create a space where people can reconnect with the natural world and ask themselves questions.
-What it is like to receive feedback on how others interpret her art.
-How she got involved in Skillshare and eventually became a top Skillshare instructor.
-How she deals with her creative fears, blocks and resistances.
-How the more you create of something takes the pressure off each individual thing that you create.
-Treating yourself with more compassion when you are afraid or blocked.
-Distracting the self-critical part of her brain with podcasts.
-Her “Project Mossweaver” and the importance of juicy goals.
-Predicting potential resistances and writing down solutions so that you are immediately ready to deal with them in the most effective way possible.
“I have an issue with the word ‘talent.’ I think that it’s a huge block to a lot of people’s creativity.”
“That class is the one that really changed my trajectory in a profound way.”
“Anything can be a source of inspiration. And I really believe that. Literally, anything.”
“It’s more about experimenting. And that’s at the root of how to overcome fear that’s linked to creativity. See it as an experiment. If you see it as that, then you learn a lot and you also have fun.”
“There’s nothing more detrimental to us as human beings than a fixed mindset.”
“If you cultivate curiosity, then it’s only going to bring you to interesting places.”
“Cultivating self-compassion is a huge part of overcoming fear or self-doubt.”
“The fear is a message and it’s telling you that the thing that is scaring you is super-important.”
John Guydo is a New York City based Illustrator working primarily in the traditional medium of pen and ink. Inspired by master engravers like Gustave Dore and Albrecht Durer, John crafts detailed illustrations through intricate line work. Much of his recent focus has been on creating poster prints licensed by Marvel, DC, and Warner Brothers.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/johnguydo
-How he realized that he missed drawing after doing a lot of work in graphic design and web design.
-The importance of taking some breaks from your creative pursuits.
-The way in which he started sharing his work on social media.
-Why he shares intricate, detailed shots of what he is working on.
-The long-term project that he is working on with poet David Herrstrom.
-His strategy for sharing his work on Tumblr and other social media websites.
-The way that social media not only allows you to put yourself in front of new audiences but also allows you to be the audience to artists that you would have never witnessed.
-Doing alternative movie posters for Blade Runner, Batman, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
-What it is like to work with Bottleneck Gallery.
-Not thinking about his work as a career, but rather as entertainment.
-The challenge that he faced to incorporate so many Marvel characters into the 10-year anniversary poster for the MCU.
-Working digitally and incorporating color into his work for the first time.
-How he sometimes overthinks the business aspects of creating art.
-Dealing with overwhelm when it comes to choosing the version of a piece he wants to create (and how he makes a decision).
-How he spends a lot of time before he even makes the first mark to ensure that he is happy with the composition and the idea as a whole (and then it is off to the races).
-The importance of creating things that you want to see rather than trying to cater to what others want.
“Drawing in your own sketchbook is one thing, but having audience really changes things.”
“I’m the type of person that likes to really obsess over things. Sometimes too much, actually.”
“One of my resistances is coming up with a final decision on what I’m going to do, because there is only going to be one image at the end of the day.”
“It usually takes me a long time before I actually put pen to paper. I really need to lessen that and get started on these things quicker.”
“To me, the most important part of the process happens before you put pen to paper.”
“Give art to others as you would like to receive from them.”
“The only type of success that I ever found was when I stopped trying to be successful and just started doing the artwork that I found interesting to myself, and then that little bit of success came along.”