Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wisdom Wednesday

I have said before that I love listening to different things while I work. Podcasts became a staple for me quite a while ago! Listening to them is the closest I come to multi-tasking. I get to accomplish my work at the same time that I'm learning and growing from other artists, art directors, writers and fans. I may have highlighted some of these podcasts before, but they merit mentioning and highlighting again! If you get the chance to you should definitely check them out and let me know what you think! Also, let THEM know what you think! Just tell em Wilson sent ya! (Not that they know who I am!!)

Visual Artist Podcast Network
This week I'll be highlighting the Visual Artist Podcast Network Series of Podcasts. Next week I'll highlight other podcasts of interest not under this particular flag.

The name is pretty self explanatory. The following podcasts all speak of and feature interviews and conversation centering around the Visual Arts. Primarily various fields within the Illustration markets. All of them are great and insightful and even if you don't do work in that particular field that is highlighted in that podcast. There is always wisdom to be gained from how any artist approaches there profession.

W.I.P. is a podcast for Fantasy illustrators trying to break into the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Illustration world from the perspective of a few artists trying to do that themselves.

Every show has a few segments:

  • Art Scene: What’s going on in the art community. Contests, publications, events, etc.
  • 10kH: Malcolm Gladwell has hypothesized that it takes 10,000 hours to “master” anything. this idea applies to anyone from a master heart surgeon to a master lumberjack. We’ll open the show talking about how much time we’ve spent practicing, what we’ve been doing to improve and events/tutorials that we have been participating in.
  • The Topic: An interview with a guest about their thoughts on various topics form style, education, networking or whatever is relevant to them. This lets an expert really talk about the big issues rather than us schmoes.
  • Pictures in music: The last topic of the show gives us a little time to talk about what music we’re listening to while we work.

The Process diary began in July of 2007 as an effort to document the making of an independent sci-fi animated series. It quickly evolved into a popular blog about the creative process, with its mantra being: “Showing you how it’s done by going out and doing it”.

Paul Caggegi releases three episodes a month:

A conversation with a working artist in which he interviews a creative working in the field.

Feedback Episode in which listeners, watchers and readers write in to the show and comment or critique the content.

WIP Video in which Paul creates a video tutorial, usually related to his current projects.

A series of interviews with artists, musicians, voice actors and writers within the Comic, Illustration and Sci-Fi markets. The best series of interviews you have yet to listen to. Interviews include but not limited to the following:
Drew Struzan
Adam Hughes
Wendy & Lisa
James Jean
Brad Holland
Bryan Hitch
Phil Morris
Andrew Jones
Eric Canete
Neville Page
Brian Stelfreeze
Phil Noto
Cree Summer
Greg Manchess

Escape From Illustration Island (EFII) is a website and weekly audio podcast devoted to providing resources, advice, and inspiration to freelance Illustrators around the world. Visit our main site to join the community and learn more about starting or expanding your business.

What is available to you at EFII?

  • Over 200 Illustration Resource Links
  • A weekly audio Podcast, featuring interviews with professionals in the field
  • Tutorial of the Week, sharing some of the best tutorials to be found online
  • Resource Reviews, introducing you to useful books, websites, products, and more
  • Articles on freelance business, creativity, and inspiration
  • A growing Community of like-minded Illustrators eager to share

Chris Oatley is a visual development artist, a writer and a podcaster who lives in Los Angeles.

He is the host of Chris Oatley’s ArtCast, a podcast about life as an artist in the entertainment industry.

On ChrisOatley.com, you can find digital painting and character design tutorials, interviews with industry artists, free photoshop brushes, articles about painting, drawing and storytelling and Chris’ own artwork.

We are a loose collective of artists from all over the world, working in the fields of fantasy and science fiction. Our main blog and podcast can be found at: ninjamountain.blogspot.com

Along with the undeniably existent Ninja Mountain Podcast, you can expect to find the latest member news and gossip, along with the occasional tutorial and opinion piece from the world of fantastical illustration. And our listeners have lots of fun talking to us and each other in the messages after each show. So drop on by and see what all the fuss is about!

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