The Creative Condition podcast show is a series of open, honest conversations with people from the creative industry and beyond, who share the story of their creativity, both the nature and the nurture, the chaos and the calm, hosted by illustrator and writer Ben Tallon.
Creativity is an often misunderstood pillar of human happiness. Little by little, Ben builds an archive of valuable stories, experiences and tips to help you maximise yours.
Supported by http://illustrationx.com & The Association Of Illustrators http://theaoi.com
Contact Ben on firstname.lastname@example.org and join the chat on socials at @bentallonpod. Subscribe and review on iTunes at:
Creative Isolation: Brian and Michael Thibodeau talk isolation and quarantine portraits
It's been and continues to be a strange, surreal time of our lives. Creativity is a fundamental part of who we are as humans and moves hand in hand with the way we feel.
I'm joined by self-described 'creative wander' brothers Brian and Michael Thibodeau to talk about their unique response to remotely remain close during lockdown/quarantine, which organically resulted in their 'Quarantined Portraits' book.
We discuss why it's not about what you didn't or did create during the pandemic, but how you coped, how you stayed in touch and made it through.
The show is supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Creatively fulfilling. Well paying. Matt Essam on how we can tick both boxes.
Matt Essam built a career he thought was the one for him. When he made it, it didn't feel too good. So he started again and focused on a different set of goals.
He wanted well-paid and creatively, emotionally fulfilling work.
Today he works with freelancers and small businesses to help them find and attract dream clients.
Matt joins me to break down the reasons why so many people end up jaded with their work, believing the old misconception that well-paid work cannot be creatively fulfilling and vice-versa.
This one is packed full of golden advice and you can download a free copy of Matt's book, Create and Prosper here:
This show is kindly supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Social handle: @matt_essam
Language and expressing creativity with Sara Coggin
So often, we create great work, have fresh ideas and know our skill set. But can we express ourselves with confidence, in an effective way that does the work justice?
It's an age-old conundrum; one strong skill set balanced out by shortcomings. But does it need to be this way? Sara Coggin, illustrator and language teacher joins me to talk about breaking down misconceptions about confidence and why they are at the root of issues expressing our creativity. We dig into why it's crucial to join the emotional dots and why we have to be sympathetic to our personality.
This podcast is kindly supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Illustrator, designer, photographer Tim Easley's unconventional path to the creative industry
With the rise in tuition fees proving a gateway for many people who want to study at degree level, there's a bigger question mark than ever before over whether formal education is essential for a career in the arts.
'Where did you study?' is the most interrogation I've ever faced as a freelance illustrator. When it comes to the writing and podcasting side of my work, there was no study, just a passionate interest and the desire to make it happen. Illustrator, designer and photographer Tim Easley did not study at all.
He had no real inclination he wanted a career in the arts until a little later than most. When he felt it, he made the decision, in accordance with his personality, to educate himself.
He now works across a broad range of clients, industries and disciplines with a distinct illustrative style and beautiful, independent books of hhis photography.
Tim joins me to share the whole story, why he chose this unconventional path and why it is crucial to consider the character when navigating our own way through the often confusing arts.
Available now on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Supported by http://illustrationx.com and http://theaoi.com
Alan McGee: One of music's greatest minds on 'bonkers brave f**k you creativity!
Alan McGee is one of a kind. His tough start in 1970s Glasgow set him up for a tumultuous, glorious and legendary ride at the top of the 1990s and 2000s music scene as the head of Creation Records and the man behind the biggest band in the world at the time, Oasis.
Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine, to name but a few, followed suit.
I sit down with Alan as his movie biopic, directed by Nick Moran and written for screen by Irvine Welsh, 'Creation Stories' comes out to dig into what he describes as 'bonkers brave f**k you creativity.
This is must listen, packed full of advice about making bold decisions and getting behind them, when they feel right, taking risks and not shying away from controversy when it comes to creativity.
The podcast is supported by Illustration X (http://illustrationx.com) and The Association of Illustrators (http://theaoi.com)
Creation Stories is out now on Sky Cinema.
Activism and work that matters. New York design agency ThoughtMatter MD Jessie McGuire.
The times we live in are tumultuous and challenging. The world is changing. We all need a voice. Good design is not enough to provide one. So how do we make work that matters, which we can deliver with results?
ThoughtMatter have built a reputation as a creative agency who not only make thought provoking, meaningful work, addressing issues they care about, but work hard and smart to ensure it hits the spot.
I'm joined by managing director Jessie McGuire to discuss her own journey, the evolution of ThoughtMatter and what it takes to break through the noise of modern life.