Alatar is a nonbinary artist and mystic weirdo from Nashville, Tennessee. They enjoy drawing figurative erotic art, and see their artistic practice as one facet of a spiritual practice which draws them ever closer to their authentic self. Their mission is to enchant and inspire the world with every breath.
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-How they are dealing with the initial Coronavirus quarantine.
-The problems that Youngman has recently gone through.
-The Rat Park Experiment and how it relates to addiction.
-How easy it is to be negative and pessimistic in difficult times.
-Working with Shamanic practitioner Chiron Armand in “soul retrieval.”
-How their “shadow part” took the form of Anakin Skywalker.
-The light side versus the dark side in everything.
-The positive and negative aspects of the drive that we find in ourselves.
-How we sometimes have to play out the narrative and hit our rock bottom.
-Making compromises with your art.
-How we as creative people need to decide what world we want to live in after the Coronavirus pandemic.
-What made minimalism “bioavailable” to them.
-Discovering what kinds of strophic cascade.
-How this is the perfect time for experimentation in your art and to also hone your skills and touch up your “problem areas.”
“You don’t have to try to be a negative piss baby.”
“Healing and growing past the things that damaged us is incredibly hard.”
“I felt like something was behind me, whipping me.”
“The conditions of the world as they were before this outbreak – is that really what we want to get back to? Or can we dare to start dreaming of a better world?”
“If anything needs to die, it’s that veneer that we all put on, that perfectly curated self that we put on for the world.”
Djamila Knopf is an independent artist and Schoolism instructor based in Leipzig, Germany.
She creates illustrations that evoke a sense of wonder and nostalgia, and primarily focuses on personal projects. She believes that art is a unique accumulation of experiences, beliefs and aesthetics. That's why, when you look at her work, you might catch a glimpse of the summers she spent strolling through the woods and fields around her grandparents' garden, and you might also see her love for Japanese animation.
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-How she was given the feeling that her art was not “proper” and how that made her stop drawing for a long period of time.
-Finding a balance when she first became a professional artist.
-The moment she discovered the way in which she could sell her own work.
-Her advice for people who are considering selling their own work online.
-The mentality of using a “pay what you what” policy on Patreon.
-Sharing the learning process on your Instagram feed, especially when you are just starting out.
-How she curates her Instagram feed.
-The case for visual artists to share their work on Twitter.
-Where she finds inspiration.
-How she curates her collection of inspiration.
-The way in which she starts her drawings through writing.
-What a typical day and week looks like for her (and the current week’s breakdown).
-The accountability of timers.
-Knowing when to stop working for the day.
-What people can expect from her Schoolism course, “Catching Lightning.”
“I always had the idea that what I was doing was not proper art and wrong, so I stopped drawing for a long time.”
“Since I started getting into environments and landscapes a bit more, it feels like the whole world opened up to me.”
“I think it is easier to form an idea before you start to draw it.”
“My attention span is four hours long for painting and then I start to feel weird, my head gets mushy and I have to stop.”
Adam Paquette is a painter from Australia, currently living in Berlin. He has been creating artwork for Magic: the Gathering since 2009 and in that time has illustrated over 250 cards.
He also works with Sterling Hundley for Legendeer, which aims to be the connection between a life well-lived and the creative process.
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-The literary and verbal emphasis from his childhood.
-How he first got involved with Wizards of the Coast.
-Why he is living in Berlin and how it brings out his artistic side.
-His shifting frame of reference from the mind to the body.
-The cyclic way in which our location informs our art and mindset and vice versa.
-Breathing in and breathing out in terms of input and output.
-The various disconnects that artists encounter and the concept of the “embedded artist.”
-Legendeer and working with Sterling Hundley.
-The idea of transparent studios.
-What Antonio Lopez taught him about the pointlessness of art.
-Dealing with perfectionism and overplanning.
-Balancing personal and professional work and learning to say “no.”
“What this city brings out in me creatively makes me trust that it’s where I’m meant to be.”
“People ask, where do you get your ideas? and I say, where can I hide from my ideas? Where can I get a break?”
“Art is that thing that you do when you are wholeheartedly, innocently and earnestly investigating life.”
Fully Alive -- Being a Creative in uncertain times -- Your Creative Push [YouTube]
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Piper Thibodeau a former full-time character designer for DreamWorks TV and a freelance designer. Her clients include DreamWorks TV, Nickelodeon, Intel, Sesame Street and GameLoft.
In a self-imposed challenge, she has created a new painting every day before midnight since 2012.
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-How she started her daily painting challenge (which she has kept up with for seven years and counting).
-Getting professional illustration work from Nickelodeon Jr and Dreamworks Television while still in school.
-Some of the initial setbacks she encountered during her daily painting challenge.
-Her attempt to not go “stale” by switching it up between illustrations, character designs and pun drawings.
-Her advice for anyone wanting to start a daily challenge.
-The value of having an “offline” reference library for yourself.
-Her resistance of schedule conflict and how she gets past it.
-Her advice for aspiring freelance illustrators.
-The experience of creating Dragon Draw.
“I find that when I start to Google, it is very easy to get distracted.”
“I think that ideally you just want to have a peaceful slot in the day for you to work so that it doesn’t become a burden in any way.”
“I’m like a light switch. I’m either all in on something or I’m a complete and utter mess.”
“Learning skills is easier when you apply it to an actual project.”
Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Middle Grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the award winning Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, which won the International Latino Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, the Mythopoeic Award, and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read.
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-What it was like to be a New York City paramedic.
-What the Jedi can teach writers when it comes to finding their voice.
-How the essence of being a writer is not what you’ve read in books but what you’ve experienced in your life.
-The importance of listening in writing and other creative pursuits.
-Making the transition from paramedic to full-time writer.
-Persevering despite Shadowshaper getting rejected 40 times.
-The support he received from Sheree Renée Thomas, Tananarive Due and Nathan Bransford.
-Writing the Other.
-Why we shouldn’t italicize other languages.
-The advice that changed the entire trajectory of Shadowshaper.
-Why everyone should write a book (but not everyone should publish one).
-Why he spent the last year not writing.
-Finding comfort in writing his Ambulance Stories.
“The idea of sitting down and writing a book seemed so free. Because it was just me and the laptop.”
“That’s why I write. The world is destroyed and very much on fire.”
“The bones and blood of being a writer is what you’ve lived, not what you’ve read.”
“I feel like I’m writing to get the world to be what I know it to be.”
“I just didn’t know if it was in me to write a good enough book to be worth writing a book.”
Emilija Angelovska (born in Macedonia, living in the Netherlands) is an artist, educator, and change agent. She is fascinated with the popularity of community art projects and does a deep dive into creative communities in her Back to the Drawing Board podcast.
Emilija has shown her work in galleries in Amsterdam, Calgary and Edmonton, Alongside her artistic and research practice she holds professional experience from the Smithsonian Institution and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Kathleen & Russell Lane Canadian Art Award.
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-How she started her podcast as a result of having lost her creative community and wanting to make a new one.
-The ways that community informs the individual and the individual informs the community.
-Her advice for anyone looking to build a creative community.
-How art and life are so closely intertwined.
-The importance of surrounding yourself with individuals who might challenge your worldviews and experiences.
-The elitism of art galleries.
-How to create for the sake of creating.
-What she has learned from the people that she has interviewed on her podcast.
-Seeing teachers and professors as peers with individual opinions and tastes.
-Why it is crucial to have diverse individuals in your creative community.
-The symptom of quantity over quality caused by social media.
-Learning to not take what other people say about her work too seriously.
-Why adults should always be learning and exploring.
-The importance of sometimes doing absolutely nothing.
-Her love of books and why it’s fun to wreck them.
“Living a creative life is often times a lonely activity.”
“It’s very difficult to learn anything or to go anywhere if you are only communicating with people that have the same types of beliefs as yourself.”
“Whether you get bored and a new idea comes up or you are completely exhausted and your body simply needs time to settle, those moments of just doing nothing are really important.”