8 great podcasts for artists and illustrators

I like listening to podcasts while I work, I find it to be informative and relaxing. It also makes the studio feel a little less lonely at times when you listen to someone having a conversation. Here is a compilation of my favourite podcasts. If there are some I have left out that you love, please feel free to drop a comment! Thank you and I hope this list will be helpful to you.

1. Sidebar is run by three happy siblings named Dwight, Swain and Adrian. It features a lot of interviews with many of the biggest names in the illustration and comic business, along with talks on pop culture and art in general. Sidebar offers a fantastic view into the careers of successful illustrators and gives you a glimpse into some of the amazing lives of people whose artwork we often come across, the interviews are also a great source of information for artists. Definitely check it out, it’s one of the best podcasts out there.

2. Artists helping artists is a podcast I recently came across that caught my interest. It’s run by a group of fine artists who are very passionate about helping other artists promote their work. The podcasts is full of good advice on how to improve your art blog, how to sell your work, how to promote your work and so forth. Although the artists are all fine artists there is definitely useful information for illustrators as well here.

3. Your Dreams My Nightmare is a podcast/side project hosted by Sam Weber. It’s a more intimate podcasts as the episodes usually consist of Sam Weber engaging in dialogue with a guest. It has elements of interviews but is often more personal with deeper art subjects and personal opinions being explored.

4. Chris Oatley’s Art Cast is a ultra informative podcast by Disney character designer Christ Oatley. Chris Oatley shares of his own personal experience and learning curve and is aiming to inspire and really encourage fellow artists. He’s also open to answer any question about art you may have so I highly recommend his site.

5. The Paperwing podcast is a collaborative effort between Disney character designer Chris Oatley and IDW comics creator Lora Innes. It is mainly focused on comics however there is a lot of great advice you can apply to your general illustration practice as well. Paperwing also provides some really great tutorials that are especially helpful to art students.

6. Drawn Today currently has 34 episodes. This is one of my favourite podcasts because it’s one of the more serious and really well informed groups of illustrators out there. Drawn Today, like Ninja Mountain, also have a panel that changes every now and so often so you get a lot of different input from illustrators in various genres.

7. Escape from Illustration Island Podcast is no longer putting out new episodes however it does have a count of 81 solid ones. It is created and hosted by Illustration Age founder Thomas James. The podcast mainly focuses on interview with artists in many different genres, so it’s great for perspective beyond fantasy illustration. There are a lot of really interesting interviews.

8. The Ninja Mountain Podcast has over a 100 episodes on its back. It is a casual, light hearted but also informative podcast with that catch phrase ‘For Artist, by Artist’ – the panel changes from episode to episode and as a result you get a lot of great input of experiences from many different, professional illustrators. Now and then the conversation trails of into non art related matters, but it always has good entertainment value and it’s my overall experience you can find a lot of great advice in this podcast.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

1 Comment

  • Christine

    07.02.2014 at 13:01 Reply

    Thanks I found this useful, I got an ipod for Christmas and started listening to podcasts as well. I found 2 more that are pretty good: Artists helping Artists podcast and Creative Independence.

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