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Episode Info: Melissa Sue Stanley is a Chicago artist, working in a variety of media to create paintings and soft sculptures.  Her work is collected internationally and has been exhibited in galleries across the US.   Max Bare is a Chicago artist and designer. He creates and self-publishes comic series Mystery Afoot, Sour Milk and the upcoming Scally-Ho! Together Melissa and Max collaborate on fun projects such as handmade zines, murals, and live-painting.  Their current project is a comic book series for local brewery, Revolution Brewing. They also manage and host the Chicago Drink & Draw Social Club. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/202 In this episode, Melissa & Max discuss: -How they choose which mediums to work in and how they balance them all at the same time. -The value in your Patreon patron’s opinions as well as your closest fans. -Max’s journey and what it took to get him to quit his job and become a full-time freelance artist. -What led them to create comics for Revolution Brewery. -Hosting their Drink & Draw group. -Being on a panel at C2E2. -Collaborations and the difference between working with other people and working with each other. -Knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses. -Their advice for getting out there and finding people to collaborate with. -Taking matters into your own hands if there isn’t a local meetup group in order to find people to collaborate with. -Tackling the feeling of needing permission to do the things that you want to do. -Being motivated by the fear of having to go back to your old job. -The realization that you’ll feel better mentally the more time you invest into your creative passion. -Designing their home to be a work space in which they are always surrounded by their projects, and how that helps them to maintain a creative lifestyle. -Melissa’s plan to save up money to pursue her passion and the mantra she told herself, “There is no montage.” -Max’s encouragement to just keep creating, even if what you are creating isn’t good, just keep pushing through those bad drawings. Quotes from MelRead more »

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