Ep 75 Building a Creative Habit with Artist Mike Brennan

Today’s guest is Artist Mike Brennan. Mike’s childhood dream was to ​be​ a cartoon. When he realised that wasn’t possible he became the next best thing – an Artist. He loves sharing experiences and making connections through his art, and helping other artists and creatives establish a daily creative habit of their own.

Podcast Ep 75 Building a Creative Habit with Artist Mike Brennan

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Art Mike Brennan

© Copyright Mike Brennan

Some of the creative things we discuss

  • Why Mike decided to go to college to study graphic design rather than art
  • Why after 10 years with creating started creating again
  • How art helped him with his depression
  • Tips for anyone who want to start drawing again after a long break
  • How Mike has built an amazing creative habit and has created art every day for the last eight years
  • Tips for building your own creative habit
  • Mike’s process for creating art and why concepts are so important to him
  • Why Mike now often works digitally after his initial resistance to the medium

Find out more about Mike Brennan

Art Mike Brennan

© Copyright Mike Brennan

 

Art Mike Brennan

© Copyright Mike Brennan


 

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Ep 74 Dealing with Stress and Overwhelm as a Creative

Today’s episode is all about how to cope with the feelings of stress and overwhelm that can come with being, or ‘trying to be’ a creative.

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Originally, we had planned to record this episode in March, because Tara had recently experienced overwhelm having completed and filmed a ‘find your art style’ experiment over 60 days… And then lockdown happened, and no one in the world had much to do, so we decided that wasn’t the best time to talk about having too much to fit in!

As Sandra has recently been going through her own feelings of overwhelm we thought now would be a good time for the episode (even though we’re in lockdown again). That’s because the work Sandra couldn’t do during the first lockdown all came at once as soon as it was over and this left her tearing her hair out and not having a clue how to deal with it all!

So, when you are going through a period where you just don’t know where to start… Where do you start?

Some of the things we discuss about overwhelm as a creative

  • Prioritising what’s important and how we go about it and how sometimes we feel a good old fashioned paper and pen list is better than an App, though we use those too.
  • Focus on one thing at a time. Better to get one thing done, than bits of everything but not finish any of them. When Sandra was overwhelmed she found she was doing everything badly instead of a few things well.
  • If you keep procrastinating, make your own deadline and enlist the help of an accountability partner if you need one.
  • Other ways of relaxing as well as making art (we don’t recommend Sandra’s weird sexy talk)
  • If you know things are likely to get busy, see if there are things you can do or prepare in advance (that’s what Tara did for her Find You Art Style Challenge)
  • See if you can automate some tasks or make them simpler.
  • Remember that you don’t have to do everything at once, spread the tasks out
  • Challenge yourself, but don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of finding time to do the things you want to do.

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This week’s creative question

The Mona Lisa has her own mailbox in the Louvre because of all the love letters she receives. … If you could send a letter of any kind, to a piece of art, what would your letter be about and what piece of art would you write it to?

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Ep 73 Teaching Artists How to Paint Realistically with Kevin Murphy

Today’s guest is Kevin Murphy from Evolve. Kevin is an internationally recognized award-winning portrait painter and illustrator. Kevin created nearly 250 commercial illustrations for such major entities as: The Rolling Stones, National Geographic, Lucas Arts and Barnes and Nobel

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Kevin is the co-founder of Evolve. Evolve is a platform that can teach anyone how to paint in a realism style in a year or less. You can check out the free painting masterclass webinar  Kevin mentions by going to KickintheCreatives.com/EvolveWebinar

realism art tutorial webinar

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Kevin talks about

  • His fascinating journey into art and the incredible lengths he went to fulfil his dream of being a professional artist.
  • Some of the amazing projects he has worked on, including being asked to do a cover for a Rolling Stones Album
  • Starting his own physical art school
  • How anyone can learn to paint, given the right knowledge and practice and how Evolve can speed that process up
  • How he started teaching his oil painting process online when he co-founded Evolve with Mitch Bowler (Pencil Kings)
  • Why he recommends learning oil painting over any other medium first
  • Why value and edge are the foundations for all art, how this works and why it’s important
  • What art students can do with their realism painting skills. He also talks about how some of his students are already making money from their art, including through selling their course paintings

Some before and After Evolve Student Work

Realism art student before and after Evolve lessons

learning to paint realistically before and after

Learning Realism Oil painting Before and After

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Ep 72 Creative Chat with Children’s Illustrator and Political Cartoonist Chris Riddell

Today’s guest is Chris Riddell, a British illustrator based in Brighton. Chris has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Pirate Diary by Richard Platt, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, which both won the Kate Greenaway Medal. He also writes and illustrates his own children’s books.

Podcast Ep 72 Creative Chat with Children’s Illustrator and Political Cartoonist Chris Riddell

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Chris Riddell was a Children’s laureate from 2015 to 2017. The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. Chris is also a renowned political cartoonist, whose work appears regularly in UK newspapers. 

We have been trying to get Chris on the podcast for over a year, and wow was it worth the wait. He is such an interesting man, we hope you love this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.

The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic (c) Chris Riddell 2019, Macmillan Children's Books

The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic © Chris Riddell 2019, Macmillan Children’s Books

Some of the things we chat about

  • We ask Chris how he took his influence from Raymond Briggs, his tutor (who illustrated the Snowman), but went on to develop his own unique style. 
  • His thoughts on whether artists are born with talent or if it’s something that can be learned
  • Chris offers his tips on drawing from imagination, something many of us struggle with and suggests an exercise to try
  • Why he recommends keeping a secret sketchbook
  • What made him decide to write his own children’s stories as well as illustrate? He also has a fascinating process of how he does this!
  • Chris’ work as a political cartoonist for the Observer and how the process differs from his children’s illustration
  • His time being Children’s Laureate and what that means?
  • How a novice illustrator can create their own opportunities.
Love in the Time of Coronavirus, text (c) Nikita Gill 2020, illustration (c) Chris Riddell 2020. From Poems To Save The World With by Chris Riddell, Macmillan Children’s Books

Love in the Time of Coronavirus, text (c) Nikita Gill 2020, illustration © Chris Riddell 2020. From Poems To Save The World With by Chris Riddell, Macmillan Children’s Books

Books that Chris has been working on

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Lewis Caroll 1865, illustration (c) Chris Riddell 2020, Macmillan Children’s Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Lewis Caroll 1865, illustration (c) Chris Riddell 2020, Macmillan Children’s Books

Find out more about Chris Riddell

 

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Ep 71 The Importance of Presenting Your Artwork Part 2

This is the second part of our podcast about the best ways to present your artwork. In this part, we cover more of the physical side of presenting your art rather than sharing it virtually on social media.

Ep 71 The Importance of Presenting your Artwork Part 2

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Some of the things we discuss about presenting your artwork

  • Try virtually framing your art to test out ideas
  • Sandra recommends going to a professional framer and she explains why
  • Thoughts on choosing frames and mounts
  • Ideas on picking out colours from your paintings or where your painting will hang
  • Types of glass for paintings
  • Ideas for posting out your art when you sell it so your buyer loves it
  • Packaging up your art – Sandra gives an important tip on packaging oil paintings
  • Thoughts on business cards and email lists

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This week’s creative question

What is your favourite art-related joke?

Art Question Favourite Art Joke

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Ep 70 The Importance of Presenting your Artwork Part 1

In today’s podcast, we are talking about the best ways to present your art. Not just our art, but ourselves as artists too. It can mean the difference between selling or not selling your work or just how your art is perceived by other people. You need to appear confident in what you do because if you’re not, nobody else will be. In fact, we clearly had so much to say about the whole topic of presenting your art that this ended up being part one of a two-parter.

Ep 70 The Importance of Presenting your Artwork Part 1

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Some of the things we discuss about presenting your artwork

  • Why you should point out the elements in your art that you love, not the ones that you are unhappy with.
  • Why it can be interesting to weave stories in with your art when you post them on social media.
  • Some ideas for presenting your art on social media, both things we’ve tried and things that other artists do that we love
  • Why if you are selling your art it’s important to present an accurate as possible representation of a painting online.
  • How simple things like cropping in on an image and removing the scrappy edges of your sketchbook can make your social media images look better.
  • Thoughts on presenting art at exhibitions

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Ep 69 Advice on Writing and Marketing a Book with Best Selling Author Russell Nohelty

Today’s guest is Russell Nohelty. Russell is a USA Today best-selling author who writes nonfiction as well as graphic novels which he describes as weird books for weird people. He’s also an inspirational speaker helping artists to build better creative careers. If you’re thinking about writing your own book, then this is the episode for you whether you’re looking at going down the traditional publishing route all the cells publishing one, he really is a wealth of information. 

Ep 69 Russell Nohelty Writing and Marketing your book

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Russell talks about

  • How he got started as a writer
  • What’s your process for writing a book, from idea to completion
  • Researching the book market for your niche before you write your book
  • Why it’s good to “start small” for your first projects rather than jumping into a full novel or book
  • Tips for planning and keeping your writing on track so it actually gets completed
  • Ways of building an audience for your book while you are still writing it.
  • The importance of title and cover of a book
  • How you can differentiate yourself and stand out from other authors?
  • Tips for marketing a book

Find out more about Russell Nohelty

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Ep 68 The Importance of Creating Art from the Heart

In today’s episode, we are going to talk about the importance of creating art from the heart. And by that, we mean creating how and what you love to create rather than creating what you think you should, or what other people want you to. The more we grow as artists, the more we start comparing ourselves to other artists and telling ourselves we should be doing what they are… But what if we don’t want to?

Ep 68 Art from the Heart

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Some of the things we discuss about creating art you love

  • The difficulty with commissions and how to make them work for you, if you decide to do them
  • Why you should draw what you love and enjoy process over what you feel you “should” be creating
  • Why purposefully creating commercial art that you don’t enjoy creating might not be the answer as it could kill your art passion
  • Knowing the difference between drawing what you love because you love it or just continuing to draw it because you are avoiding drawing something you find difficult.
  • Why if your heart is telling you to try something different you should follow it and how it might be incorporated into your usual style of drawing later
  • If you feel like trying something new, remember not everything has to be shared publicly, we didn’t in the olden days!
  • If someone makes a suggestion by all means try it, but don’t be governed by what someone else suggests if it doesn’t feel good to you.

And I apologise but Sandra talks a lot about getting naked, because the weather had been so hot. Thank goodness it’s cooler that’s all I can say… phew 🙄 😬

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This week’s creative question

If you had a painting fairy, what would you like the most help with and why?

If you had a painting fairy, what would you like the most help with and why?

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Ep 67 Mitch Bowler Teaching Artists How to Draw and Paint Realistically Online with Evolve

Today’s guest is Mitch Bowler. Mitch has a fascinating story from growing up in a small town in Canada with dreams of being a video games artist, to making his dream come true and moving to live and work in the industry in China. Since then Mitch has created the well known art platform and podcast called Pencil Kings where he has helped thousands of artists learn to draw. Mitch’s latest project is an online learning platform called Evolve. It’s a program to teach anyone how to paint to a professional level in a realism style in a year or less. It’s something Sandra would have dreamed of when she was learning to paint.

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Podcast Ep 67 Mitch-Bowler pencil Kings and Evolve Artist

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Mitch talks about

  • How he wanted to be a video game designer even as a young boy
  • How he accelerated his learning to become a video game artist
  • What it was like working in China after coming from a small town
  • Why he set up the Pencil Kings podcast and platform
  • Mitch also talks about why he created Evolve because he realised there was a real lack of quality affordable tuition to learn how to paint realistically.  Mitch found out about Kevin Murphy’s Art School (a physical place) and the amazing results he was having teaching even beginners to paint. He came together with Kevin to bring his expertise online to make his teaching methods available to more artists.

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Sign up for a free Masterclass from Evolve

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Ep 66 Andy J Pizza Illustrator and Host of The Creative Pep Talk Podcast

Today’s podcast guest is Andy J. Pizza from Creative Pep Talk. Andy is an American illustrator, podcaster and public speaker. He has produced vibrant illustrations for clients like Nickelodeon and Amazon.

Ep 66 Interview with Andy J Pizza Illustrator and Host Creative Pep Talk

Sandra and I are huge fans of Andy’s podcast the Creative Pep Talk where Andy shares creative advice, plus Andy knows how to tell fascinating stories which makes him a great speaker. You can’t help but find that some of his enthusiasm will rub off on you.

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let out your weird Andy J Pizza

Andy talks about

  • What made him use the name from Andy J Pizza rather than Andy J Miller?
  • Why he always felt like he didn’t fit in at school and wasn’t good at the things the other kids were?
  • What he means by calling himself the penguin who thought he couldn’t fly
  • What he means when he says that he thinks kids at school are treated as factory models. And why he thinks that some kids labelled as problem children, could be creative kids that haven’t had their talents nurtured.
  • What made him go into illustration and how he developed his style?
  • Why he gave up on creativity for a while when it wasn’t paying the bills and even took his website down, but eventually found his way back to it.
  • How Andy’s first speaking gigs went and what it’s like now to get up and inspire people by speaking on stage
  • How the Creative Pep Talk podcast came about
  • His advice to those people who recognise themselves as creative but haven’t yet found their place in the art world

Andy also talks about his SkillShare course “ Make Creativity Your Career: Six Exercises to Create a Successful Side Project“ which teaches creatives how to narrow down their niche and get paying work they love. Plus he mentions a new project he is working on https://www.instagram.com/coloopco/

Find out more about Andy J Pizza

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Children's book Andy J Pizza

 


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