Artist Spotlight: CreatorGalaxy
Ignace Aleya, who goes by the name of CreatorGalaxy on Adobe Stock, has been creating motion graphics ever since he was a teenager. After teaching himself how to create motion graphics through online videos, Ignace Aleya is now an educator and entertainer on YouTube with over 250,000 subscribers. We had an opportunity to talk to Ignace this week about how he discovered the world of motion graphics and how he launched his own business and YouTube channel.
How did you get started in motion graphics?
I found myself being drawn to graphic design and Photoshop at the very young age of 14. Being able to create some animated graphics there, I found that to be so mesmerizing that I wanted to do more motion design myself.
That was 11 years ago and being very young at the time, there wasn’t any formal education available to me so I found myself learning about motion graphics on YouTube. I can honestly say that I’ve watched thousands of motion graphics tutorials. I watched many tutorials from Andrew Kramer, founder of videocopilot.net. He is one of my biggest heroes in the motion graphics and VFX industry. Not only is he an amazing teacher, but he’s a very inspiring artist. I found myself watching every tutorial he ever made.
After two years of learning from online video tutorials, I wanted a formal education in design so I applied to a multimedia school and got accepted. At the time it felt like a dream come true.
I came prepared. I joined my first class ready to learn tons of new things but then I was surprised. I found myself actually teaching the teacher! I had so much knowledge from studying online tutorials that the teacher did not know as much as I did. Students came to me to help with their motion graphics instead of going to the teacher.
You’re very active on your YouTube channel, educating others with your motion graphics tutorials. Tell us about your YouTube channel and why you started it.
I started my YouTube channel as a gaming channel. I enjoyed watching games online, but not necessarily for the gameplay. I really enjoyed watching how the videos were edited. I started doing gaming edits myself, and many people started wondering how I created certain effects in those videos. That is when I decided to start making video tutorials to start giving back to the community that I learned so much from.
These online tutorials grew into the Ignace Aleya YouTube channel. It is a filmmaking education channel with over 250,000 subscribers. It’s part of our website, creatorgalaxy.com, which I run with my business partner and best friend, Arnaud Melis.
What advice do you have for other artists who want to promote themselves through YouTube or other video platforms?
If there is one piece of advice that I could give to any YouTuber, it would be to make as many videos as you can, ideally every day. Make a deadline for each video. If it’s not perfect by the time of the deadline, it’s just better to upload it than spending a ton of time trying to perfect it. Then move onto your next video with a new deadline.
You’ll learn a lot more by putting out a significant quantity of videos rather than just focusing on one video. Don’t get me wrong, quality is very important, but way too many people procrastinate trying to make a video perfect. There will be many times when a video will never be uploaded because it’s not perfect.
For me, YouTube was a challenge as I’m not a native English speaker. If you watch my first video, you will have a good laugh.
Little by little, my videos got better. My language, my accent, and my presentation skills all improved. I improved a lot when I created a challenge for myself. I decided to upload one video every day for six months. In these six months I improved a lot in all kinds of skills. I found myself traveling with my laptop and searching for any café or bar that had a FREE WIFI sign so I can work on my videos.
It’s all about just doing it. And I did.
What inspires your personal style? What inspires your art?
I get inspired by many things. It could be a movie, another creator who did something amazing, or just being on a vacation or trip and seeing a different environment that inspires me in some way to create
What’s your favorite MoGRT that you’ve created for Adobe Stock, and why?
I don’t really have favorites; they are all unique and fun in their own way. However, I do enjoy how Adobe Stock customers love these templates that we created:
- The first is very popular as it’s a great way to show how messages are sent over a phone.
- For my second pick, I just enjoy glitch styles a lot. I have no particular reason why this is a favorite, but it just is!
What do you hope customers will get out of your MoGRTS?
What I love about Motion Graphics Templates (MOGRTs) is that they are easy to use. The special thing about MOGRTS is that you have amazing control over the template that you use. You can customize the graphics quickly and the user does not have to use After Effects.
I’ve talked to many professional video editors that know Premiere Pro inside and out but some of them literally tell me they do not want to open and use After Effects. It can be a challenging piece of software to use if you are opening it for the first time.
Providing people with the ability to use motion graphics that were created in After Effects directly in Premiere Pro is just amazing in my opinion.
Do you have any advice for potential contributors or artists interested in making MoGRTS?
If you have After Effects templates lying around that are titles or lower-thirds or infographics, try jumping into the project and adjust it a bit to optimize and license it on Adobe Stock. You can make some extra bucks, and it is a lot of fun.