Xabio Arts aka Andrew Bosch is a drawing YouTuber that makes funny and helpful videos. Along with his drawing tutorials and speed paintings, he also offers a candid look into the life of an artist and how he navigates resistance.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/xabioarts
-His early influence by Mark Crilley, Jazza and Feng Zhu.
-Why he puts his mistakes and first drafts into his videos.
-His frustration when trying to follow the tutorial of a polished perfectionist.
-How your eye for mistakes levels up as your actual skills level up.
-How he battles procrastination (even in his dreams).
-Taking breaks from creating YouTube videos (but thinking about videos the entire time).
-How he deals with negative comments.
-His relationship with likes.
-The card game that he is creating, and how he is involving his audience in the process.
-His “sneaky” hack for getting more engagement on YouTube.
-The experience of drawing with his mouth.
“I know how much it sucks for me to feel like I need to put out perfect art and I don’t want people to feel that same insecurity.”
“I always feel like if I’m not completely miserable and suffering, I’m not working hard enough.”
“There is magic in being able to make things.”
Talia Jackson is an actress, model and singer. She is a series regular on Netflix's Family Reunion (which won an NAACP Award for “Children’s Program”) and ABC's Station 19. With productions all on hold, she's focusing on her music career and is producing / release music directly from home.
Her first two songs, "Complicated" and "5Five" are available on Spotify.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/360
-How she first got into modeling and acting.
-How she originally turned down Family Reunion.
-Why our biggest victories often come when we are about to give up.
-The way that the less we care about the outcome, the better we often do.
-Why she had to leave Instagram.
-The advice that Tia Mowry gave her about being a mixed actress and not worrying about what other people think.
-Her current relationship with social media.
-What quarantine has been like for her creative endeavors.
-The role that singing has played in her life.
-How she defeats perfectionism.
-How she honed in on her style of writing music.
-How you are the only one who is going to be able to try your dreams, so just do what makes you happy.
“It terrified me that maybe I had worked so hard for something that just never was going to work for me.”
“For some reason life always wants to give me exactly what I need and what I want when I’m at my breaking point.
“When you really don’t care about something, for some reason the universe is just like, “Here you go, you can have it.”
“Singing had always been the little side character in my life.”
“Do it for you. It’s your life and the only person who is ever truly going to care about you and take care of you forever is you. So do what makes you happy.”
Kasey Golden is an illustrator and YouTuber with the dream of illustrating children's books. She shares her illustrations, challenges and process as an artist on her YouTube channel where she has over a million subscribers following her journey.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/kaseygolden
-How her YouTube channel and the schedule she made for it kept her accountable for creating art.
-Why she initially started her 500 Drawing Prompts challenge (and why she decided to tone it back).
-Incorporating her community in her own challenges.
-Her advice for getting past art block.
-Making a schedule and lists.
-The experience of doing challenges such as “how small can you draw” and painting with her own blood.
-What she has learned from her community.
-How she honed in on her style.
-How to get past “same face syndrome.”
-Why you shouldn’t wait until you’re “ready” to put your work out there.
-Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
-Her take on nudity in art.
-How to deal with negative comments and criticism.
-Her passion for sewing.
-How drawing and painting traditionally helps her to embrace her art, her mistakes and her confidence.
-Where she finds inspiration.
“I hate quitting and giving up on things. I will torture myself mentally to finish any art project, it seems.”
“I am not unfamiliar with art block, unfortunately.”
“My art style is definitely a Frankenstein monster of all the influences and things I enjoy in life.”
“If you wait until you’re ready, it’s probably never going to happen.”
“Go for a hike. Go out and see the world. I think the biggest inspiration you can get for your art is having experiences.”
“If you’re not going to do you, then who’s going to do you?”
Mur Lafferty is the author of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Hugo and Nebula nominated novel Six Wakes, The Shambling Guides series, and several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series.
She is also the host of the Hugo-winning podcast Ditch Diggers, and the long-running I Should Be Writing. She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the Manly Wade Wellman Award, the Best Fancast Hugo Award, and joined the Podcast Hall of Fame in 2015, its inaugural year.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/358
-Why she started her podcast, I Should Be Writing.
-Rejectomancy and over-analyzing what a rejection might mean.
-Why she doesn’t read comments or reviews.
-Dealing with the self-doubt bully.
-Trusting yourself and trusting “the people in the basement.”
-The way in which your creative resolutions never have an ultimate failure or success – they are ways of life.
-Getting more “experience points” for failing than succeeding.
-Not just setting one goal, but multiple specific goals.
-“The Magic Spreadsheet” and gamifying daily word counts.
-The experience of writing Solo: A Star Wars Story.
-How she gets past difficult moments in writing.
-How her creative life didn’t start until she started taking care of her mental health.
-Dealing with depression as a writer.
-Taking up the violin as a hobby.
-How she uses a random number generator to help guide her on which task to do next.
“We’re always ruder to ourselves than we are to anyone we love.”
“What can you accomplish today? Don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t worry about yesterday. You can’t fix either of those. One is not broken and the other is unreachable.”
“Often times if I try to force my brain to think up new story, it will flatly refuse.”
“If you think you need to suffer to create art, I wonder why your art is more important than your wellbeing.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty
Michael Ray was one of the very first students to go through the Evolve Artist Program curriculum. Throughout his education and work with Evolve, Michael has been an inspiration for how to get work done and get it done well.
Michael has a family, a full-time job and many other responsibilities but was still able to thrive with Evolve, and is now looking forward to selling his work at a professional level.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/357
-What his artistic life looked like before signing up for Evolve Artist.
-The stark differences he has discovered between the Evolve program and other online schools and online courses that he has taken.
-The red pill/blue bill moment.
-How everyone starts at the same point in the Evolve Artist Program.
-How the Evolve program teaches you to see first and then apply what you see on the canvas.
-The extraction of variables by giving all students the same high-quality materials and Old Holland paints.
-The freedom to be able to make mistakes.
-The many directions that you can take your skills once you get the fundamentals down.
-The commitment he made to himself to be present and focused on the assignments.
-How he has witnessed the proven process of the Evolve Artist Program through all the students who keep creating art they never thought they’d be able to create.
“There’s this creative force and energy inside of me that has to be dealt with.”
“The Evolve fundamentals are truly fundamentals.”
“There is no shortcut around experience.”
“It’s a proven process, over and over again.”