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Artists on the side
49 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Artists On The Side: Interview with Mickz Clouds
I am late getting this month's podcast up here on my site. I would love to blame the Covid19 debacle, but honestly, I've just been a bit lazy (and focused on my art). When I first started my journey into figure (and gesture) drawing, I was a little lost whether I should try this site, that site or hire a mentor. Or if that weren't enough, maybe I'd watch youtube videos all day long, sit on Instagram and be envious of artists that say "I did this sketch in 5 minutes, whaddya think!?" and it looks like the Mona Lisa where my stuff looks like a scribble by a handless child, if that. After a bunch of treading around, I landed upon DrawingForce.com run by Mike Mattesi, and his site was what I was looking for with great videos, mentorship, and also meeting fellow students. One student is Mickz Clouds that I hit it off immediately with as he seemed to be super motivated, a hard worker at his craft, and his art is fantastic as well.In the drawing force lessons, Mickz has always been a few levels above me since he started earlier. Watching his evolution as an artist has been fantastic, and I wanted to have a chance to interview him. I got the pleasure of sitting down with Mike over the internet and ask him about his art practices, how he handles a job and draws, the imposter syndrome, and his goals in art. I enjoyed getting to talk with him, and I wished the audio matched the awesomeness of the internet; however, I'm still learning how to podcast. With that preface, I apologize for the spotty sound and cuts at times (like any new skill, it's a lot to learn, and you make mistakes along the way).Please enjoy this podcast with Mickz and I about being an artist on the side.Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/mickz_clouds/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mickz_clouds/
44 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Artists On The Side: Interview with Mikala Buwalda
I used to teach design at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and during that time, I had many great students pass through my class. It's always hard to remember every student you have in class, and some stand out more than others, one being Mikala. She was still so earnest, hard-working, and energetic about anything she worked on in class. Now, working in a User Experience field, she does art on the side, creating "dead things" (more about that in the podcast) and creating great stories through her sketches, inks, and pencils.I hope you enjoy this podcast, and please forgive the small mistakes that happen (podcasting is still new to me). It was a pleasure to get to interview Mikala about her life as an artist, and I hope you enjoy it as well.You can find Mikala at:Instagram: MeeshursMore Instagram: Meeshurs.jpgEtsy: Meeshursdotjpg
30 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
Artists On The Side: Interview with Chantal El-Bikai
While surfing around on Twitter one day, I stumbled upon an illustrator's account named "@CaptainChants." As I went through CaptianChants (Chantal) feed, looking at her artwork and illustrations, I fell in love with all her whimsical characters, pins, sketches, and drawings. Not only did I enjoy her work, but her transparency and engagement on social media are excellent too.
32 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Artists On The Side: Interview with Vero the traveling artist
Veronique Vanblaere is an artist from Birmingham, Alabama (and originally from Belgium). She had a gallery in The 'Ham for over 20 years and now travels all over drawing her work, doing commissions and enjoying a debt free life.
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