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.
-What their Miracle Morning has looked like recently.
-Realizing that they might have ADHD and some of the methods and hacks they have been using in order to stay more focused.
-How working on yourself is the greatest creative act you can embark upon.
-The way in which the creative process has become a religious experience for them.
-Writing your own Gospel and living your own Myth.
-Their recent experience with magic mushrooms.
-Taking the “Journey to the Imaginal Realm” course with Becca Tarnas.
-Cultivating a relationship with our unconscious.
-How SESTA/FOSTA changed the landscape for adult artists.
-Dealing with the emotional despair of sites changing the landscape for adult artists.
-Bugs Bunnying your way through any situation.
“Working on yourself is just another creative act. It might not be a pretty piece of art, but it’s YOU. And you are your best work, when you come right down to it.”
“To me, pursuing art has become the path that teaches me how to pursue life.”
“Our unconscious is extraordinarily powerful. What we think of as the self is the tip of the iceberg. And it goes all the way down to the root.”
“What are you waiting for? This is your chance. You don’t know if tomorrow is going to come.”
“Take one step right now. Your soul is on the line. This is the most important thing you can do for your life. So just do it, already. You have permission. Go.”
Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. Coming from a creative family of professional artists, he was always interested in drawing and imagining ideas visually. After working as an illustrator full time from 2004-2015 he shifted focus to more personal work using oils and watercolor.
As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to have a close balance with abstraction.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/335
-Why he came back to drawing and painting.
-Balancing personal work vs. client/commission work.
-Finding a love for painting with oils and watercolor.
-The experience of making the movie poster for “The Death of Superman Lives.”
-His advice to become obsessed with things that you enjoy doing.
-His advice for selling your work on social media without feeling slimey.
-What a typical day looks like for him.
-The fear of showing old work or failures.
-Getting past ruts.
-The power of secret sketchbooks.
-Putting aside your five favorite pieces of art to open your mind to making new “favorites.”
-Dealing with shyness.
“You have to hold that initial excitement for art like a fuel through all of the tough times.”
“Drawing has felt like I’ve been cheating on normal life. That’s why I love it. It seems forbidden -- especially in America – to draw or create. It’s seems great, but how do you make money at it?”
“If you find a specific painting or a subject matter that you really do just enjoy, maybe just obsess over it a little bit more.”
“I find that any time I think ‘I need money right now so I’m going to paint this thing,’ it almost never works.”
“If you want to paint or draw, do just a little bit every day and it really will get to be more of an addiction.”
Jeff Wright is a storyteller and a podcaster. He specializes in “edu-tainments”: storytelling with depth and message AND presentations enriched through entertaining story. His podcasts, Odyssey: The Podcast and Trojan War: The Podcast are now available everywhere.
Jeff's live show, "A Whack on the Side of the Head: A Concussion Story" tells the autobiographical story of his personal journey through concussion and invisible injury. The one-hour show comes complete with Jeff’s amusing anecdotes, good humor, insightful take-aways, and inspirational messages.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/334
-How he got interested in theater and public speaking.
-Dealing with the unrelenting standards placed upon him by other people and eventually by himself.
-How suffering from a concussion changed the trajectory of his life.
-If some major life issue forces you to start from scratch, build on something that you are already good at.
-How the Greek Epics were what “stuck” for his lectures.
-Transitioning from a full-time teacher to a shorter-term guest speaker.
-The changes that he had to make in his presentation when he took his “act” from small classrooms to large auditoriums.
-Watching tapes of himself and evaluating, but not being too critical.
-Gaining power over your demons or monsters by learning their names.
-Using a damaged brain to try to figure out what was wrong with his brain.
-The unfair feeling of wanting to justify his invisible injury to other people.
-How we overly value the negative reviews and comments.
-Not being able to see his audience due to bright lights (and having no physical audience during the podcast).
“I think an awful lot of creative people or high achievers get so much of their self-concept tied up in the work that they do.”
“The thing about these stories is that they’re humanities original Game of Thrones.”
“When some life event throws your life off of its nice intended tracks, if you can build on something that you know you already do well and you are passionate about, then at least you have a few aces in your hands as you start on the parts that are going to be new and difficult for you.”
“The journey to success is paved with failures.”
“When shit happens and your life is turned upside down, don’t deny it. Don’t try to go it alone.”