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Making It: The Life Of A Full Time Creative

Are you at the stage in your life where you want to indulge full time in whatever it is you like doing? Benjamin Von Wong talks in depth about everything you usually go through after making the jump as a creative. 

Spoiler - it’s not easy and it will take work, but your passion will drive you! I had the pleasure of meeting Ben and spending more than a week with him. That is the most important trip I made that year. I saw his passion and drive. I fed off it and began learning, even more than I knew, what it took to keep pushing yourself. I learned quickly that no matter how driven you think you are, someone is pushing harder. Ben is one of those guys who never takes that for granted, he works hard and he keeps motivated. 

This video is great for everyone to check out.

Check out more of his work here:  

Get Inspired Ep. 1 - Desmond Blair

This is the most amazing story I’ve seen in a while. Desmond has no hands but is still an amazing artist. He’s so well known in the Dallas/Forth Worth area and his outlook on life really keeps me inspired. 

Tony Walls, videographer, writes: 

Desmond Blair is a temple of inspiration to me not only as an artist, but as a person that has overcome immeasurable obstacles to get where he is.. He’s not only currently one of the most promising artists of the DFW area, but he’s also one of the most humble and genuine human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Video by Tony Walls:

Artist Paints On Water

Yes, I said it. He paints on water. This is truly remarkable and inspiring. Not only that, but at the end, he takes it up another notch with a twist. 

Although the title says ‘water’ from the video, my suspicion is that the solution may be something else. Either way, this is amazing. 

Interview: Artist Kate Zambrano

Growing up, I’ve always been in love with art. Along the way I lost sight of the physical medium and transferred my passion to retouching.

Recently, I saw the work of artist and model, Kate Zambrano. I immediately fell in love with her style and her pieces. It was like nothing I had seen prior. She graciously spent some time talking about and sharing her work. 

Check out the interview below along with some of her pieces.

Kate’s website:

1. When did being an artist begin for you, was it something you did as a child, or did you discover it growing up?

I have been interested in art my whole life. I used to spend hours in my room with a Walkman and a coloring book. I began taking myself more seriously a few years ago. I shifted my focus absolutely on art.

2. Before you found this world, what did you do prior to that lead you to discover that you were good at it?

Well, I work my ass off everyday. I have no social life. I sit in the studio and try to push myself to be better. I didn’t crawl out of the womb drawing portraits. Natural talent is a falsity. I had to learn and still am learning about art. If you do something for hours a day everyday, you can’t get worse at it.


3. That is great to know that it takes lots of practice, especially for people who assume that talent like that just happens. That in itself is inspiring. Speaking of which, who are your inspirations?

I’m inspired by a lot of things actually. If I’m not in the studio working, I’m thinking about what I’d like to create next. I am inspired by random things. I flip through magazines a lot and marvel at the designs. Then again, I was walking down the street the other day, completely mesmerized by the cracks in the pavement. All the inspiration is there I just have to open my eyes.

4. How much does emotion play a part in your work? Is it ever incorporated into your final piece?

I don’t feel like I need to be experiencing anything significantly at the time I am creating a piece. I’d rather keep myself out of the equation and allow the viewer to be able to feel whatever they deem appropriate when they look at it. Art is all in the interpretation.

5. How long does a piece usually take from start to finish? Is it common for a piece to take a span of a few days just because you’re not sure about the direction you would like to take it in?

I work on a piece for about two days. I don’t like to meander around my drawing aimlessly for too long, or else I lose all care to complete it. I mentally move on to something else. Two days is my average. I don’t like to revisit illustrations either. My mind won’t be in the same place.

6. Do you ever take work based off commission?




Kate is also available for commissioned work. You can contact her via her website:

Artist Makes $200 Million Through Facebook

David Choe Just Made $200 Million For Painting Facebook Office with Erotic Art in 2005

It took a few years, but Mr. Choe is about to be a millionaire from painting the offices of Facebook in 2005. 

In 2005, Mr. Choe was invited to paint murals on the walls of Facebook’s first offices in Palo Alto, Calif., by Sean Parker, then Facebook’s president. As pay, Mr. Parker offered Mr. Choe a choice between cash in the “thousands of dollars,” according to several people who know Mr. Choe, or stock then worth about the same.

Mr. Choe, who has said that at the time that he thought the idea of Facebook was “ridiculous and pointless,” nevertheless chose the stock.

Many “advisers” to the company at that time, which is how Mr. Choe would have been classified, would have received about 0.1 to 0.25 percent of the company, according to a former Facebook employee. That may sound like a paltry amount, but a stake that size is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, based on a market value of $100 billion. Mr. Choe’s payment is valued at roughly $200 million, according to a number of people who know Mr. Choe and Facebook executives.

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