'Underground' Star Aldis Hodge Talks Time, Watches and the New Basil Time Piece
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Underground star, actor Aldis Hodge, is a watch collector, self-taught watchmaker, and head of Basil Time Piece. (Photo by Renwick Scott)

According to Hodge, Basil Time Piece is a boutique brand that will focus on haute horology. “We are going into production now of our first flagship model, but we will only be making small limited collections and special bespoke pieces,” explains Hodge, who is a collector of watches.


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school tuitions :
-Animation Workshop
-Emile Cohl
awesome self taught artists :
-Madeleine Flores
-Pierre Nicolas Bayle
(and many others of course, they’re just from the top of my head)
Useful other links
-Jake Parker about being self taught or going to college
-CH Greenblatt on using the internet to find talent
-Variety article about the search for talents on the internet
-JG QUINTEL says in this interview he hired a storyboard artist through twitter
Good online animation schools:
My other tutorials
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William was fascinated by science. One day, he opened a textbook and saw a picture of a windmill, and his life changed forever.

“I was very interested when I saw the windmill could make electricity and pump water. I thought: ‘That could be a defence against hunger. Maybe I should build one for myself’.”

Neighbors found it very strange that he was spending so much time sifting through garbage. “Many, including my mother, thought I was going crazy. They had never seen a windmill before.”

“People thought I was smoking marijuana. So I told them I was only making something for juju [magic].’ Then they said: 'Ah, I see.’”

He built a 16-ft-tall turbine from spare bicycle parts, a tractor fan blade, and an old shock absorber, and made blades out of plastic pipes- amazing the entire village when he climbed to the top and plugged in a light bulb that slowly flickered to life.

A book titled 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ was written about his story, as well as a documentary called ‘William and the Windmill.’



#herostatus 15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

Never settle! No matter how many other people told me not to rework into my old paintings, spirit told me they could be improved. So glad listened. This once was an old piece from almost 3 years ago! Now completely reborn.
~acrylic on canvas~
Hand painted by yours truly.

86-year-old Ed Moseley can no longer dance or play golf and is fighting cancer, but that didn’t stop him from finding a purposeful new hobby. When he heard of a program that collects hand-knit caps for premature babies at a local NICU, he decided to take up knitting, taught himself how, and has since knit more than 50 caps while keeping himself busy by helping others. Source Source 2

Australia’s 12-year-old Campbell Ramess has sewn over 800 toys in 3 years to comfort children in hospitals. In 2013, he asked his parents if they could give toys to children in the hospital for Christmas and then learned to sew them himself. Since then, he’s created a toy every day of the year to help cheer up sick kids around the world. Source


If you are smart, and you want it bad enough, you can learn to do anything.

These incredibly creepy transformations feature Stephanie Fernandez in makeup she’s applied herself. The work is amazing, but even more so when you realize she’s just 18 years old and is self-taught. She’s a freelance makeup artist for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Hollywood snapped her up someday.

Reverend Howard Finster created some forty-seven thousand individual works over his twenty-five year career. Recipient of a 1982 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and a favorite of R.E.M. and the Talking Heads, Finster has been one of America’s most recognized self-taught artists since the 1980s.

‘“My Vision of Another World,” #1,146,’ 1978, Howard Finster © Estate of Howard Finster


Sci-fi/radioactive zombie makeup. Inspired by Alexys Fleming’s look. The only training I have acquired is from the amazing glamandgoremakeup