Welcome to
Art Side of Life

We are glad you are here! Art Side of Life is here to provide you with valuable resources so you can improve your art skills and make money as an artist. We are super excited to help you, wherever you are in your artistic journey. 


What is
Art Side of Life?

Art Side of Life started as a YouTube show and podcast.

Iva loves learning from others by listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos with inspirational people. 

She discovered there is not much of the content created about and for the artists. It was this desire, why Art Side of Life was born. Iva decided to create a place that would allow people around the world to have access to stories, tips, ideas, and concepts of accomplished artists. Place where we inspire each other, learn from each other and improve every day together.


To help artists, both accomplished and aspiring, to improve their art skills and make a living from what makes them happy.

Art Side of Life evolved into a learning platform where artists find resources to improve their art skills and learn how to make money from what makes them happy.

Whether you want to stay up to date, motivated or just not sure which way to go in your art journey, this is the place for you. We want to show you different ways how to make money as an artist. Whether it is working for an animation or gaming studio, getting a freelance artist job, selling your art in galleries or being a creative entrepreneur.


There are endless possibilities to living a creative life.

You should know that you are not alone in this journey of becoming a great artist, a someone who is passionate about their purpose in life.

Never stop improving and let’s help each other succeed.


“Do Your Best and Forget The Rest.” – Tony Horton (Creator of revolutionary fitness programs)

“Sucking at something every once in a while is how you achieve greatness in the long run.”  – Tony Horton (Creator of revolutionary fitness programs)

“Finished, not Perfect.” – Jake Parker (Creator of #Inktober)

“Practice Makes Progress.” – Peggy Dean (Calligraphy artist and art teacher)

“Nothing will Work, until You Do” – Maya Angelou (Poet, singer and civil rights activist)

“It’s All Good in the Hood” – John Nevarez (VisDev & Story artist)

“I am Still Learning” – Michelangelo (Artist and inventor of the High Renaissance in 15th & 16th century ) 

Meet the team

Who Creates
Art Side of Life?

Hi, I am Iva!

Pronounced [ee-vuh]

I am an artist, illustrator, teacher and the founder of Art Side of Life Podcast & YouTube channel.

What do I do in Art Side of Life:

  • Online classes
  • Tutorials
  • Take care of the community
  • Running workshops
  • Hosting the podcast


I have always loved creating something which brightens other people’s day. You can see my portfolio here.

I have multiple years of experience in the toy industry as an illustrator, character designer, art director, and branding specialist with a focus on storytelling, concepts, and animation. 

I also teach art and work with businesses in the field of social media and visual communication.

My art inspiration comes from traveling, trips to nature, decorations on the old buildings, and animals. 

I am currently based in Central Europe where I take advantage of beautiful nature and draw outside as much as possible.

Hey, I am Marian!

Pronounced [m-uh-re-yan] 

I am a project & online business manager and founder of Art Side of Life Podcast & YouTube channel.

What do I do in Art Side of Life:

  • Business management
  • Produce content
  • Marketing & Business Development


I help Iva with everything related to the “back office” – business management, projects, production and marketing.

I have always had a very positive connection with art in all shapes and forms. You know as they say, the earth without art is just ‘eh’. 

I am a big fan of all the animated movies from Disney, DreamWorks, Illumination, SONY Animation, SPA Studios, Laika Studios. Through Art Side of Life I could watch artists who worked on those great movies and learn their stories, and life philosophies. 


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