Interview with Artist Yasmina Creates
Skillshare art course creator Yasmina talks about her art career in this interview.
Yasmina Creates Bio
Yasmina is a self-taught artist that specializes in ink and watercolor. She’s passionate about teaching and simplifying everything art-related; from the basics of drawing to mixed media techniques. Her goal is to make people say, “Wow, I can’t believe I did that!” She firmly believes anyone can draw anything, learn any medium, and everyone has something special and beautiful within that wants to be expressed. Her goal is to open your eyes to your unlimited artistic potential!
Please tell us what you do.
I am a self-taught ink and watercolor artist. I love to simplify complicated art concepts and make drawing and painting approachable to everyone! I teach online classes and make Youtube tutorials that not only teach basic concepts, but share my personal techniques and methods for beautiful color combos, a loose style, and that encourage experimentation. Art is meant to be fun, not hard! My goal is to spread the joy of art to as many people as possible.
Please tell us about your art?
I have always wanted to be an artist, and I devoured every book, video, and advice I could find. I practiced, learned many mediums, and kept practicing for many years. Thus, I’m self-taught. I got to the point where I was good at it and I had my own style and favorite techniques. I was also good at simplifying complicated concepts and realized a lot of art teachers make art too hard and make too many rules, so I jumped into teaching and haven’t looked back since. The goal of my art is to uplift, inspire, and make art easy for everyone. My motto is: Anyone can do anything!
How did you get started with Skillshare?
My first class was a watercolor basics class. I wanted to teach a class because I think people over-complicate watercolors. It’s simple if you just master the basics. Skillshare holds a teaching challenge every month that helps you plan your class and make it, which was very helpful. My class actually won the teach challenge that month and got featured in their newsletter. There were so many beautiful projects and reviews from people that said the class helped them to finally understand watercolors. It was one of those ‘finding your life’s purpose’ feelings. Since then I’ve made 18 classes on many different art subjects, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!
Why did you choose Skillshare over other online
I chose Skillshare because I love its subscription program. It’s so affordable for anyone to learn anything, since you have access to all their classes with a small monthly fee, like Netflix. I love their goals as a platform for fostering learning, learning by doing, and growing as a community. They have a student project area that makes it easy to share your work with classmates and teachers. It’s also, in my opinion, the best place to teach art-related subjects and reach an audience with those interests.
Do you have any advice for artists interested in
creating their own classes?
Do your research well and make the class the highest quality you possibly can. It’s simple, if you make good classes, students will want to take more of your classes and they will tell their friends. You will organically reach more people and gather a following that wants to genuinely learn from you. Make a class that YOU wish existed when you were starting to learn what you already mastered!
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
It’s all about practice! Anyone out there that is better than you, just had more practice. Learning by doing is the only way to learn, and this is especially true in art. So, practice, practice, and practice! But enjoy the ride and don’t worry so much about the destination. Do art because it makes you happy, not to be better than somebody else.