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The Pencil Kings Podcast interviews today’s top artists to uncover the story behind their work. These interviews are created for you - the Aspiring Artist, the Hobbyist and the Professional Artist. If you are looking for inspiring and insightful interviews from artists all over the world, you’re in the right place to learn the behind the scenes stories of how these artists got started and how they turned their passion into creative art careers.

Pencil Kings | Inspiring Artist Interviews with Today's Best Artists Mitch Bowler

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The Pencil Kings Podcast interviews today’s top artists to uncover the story behind their work. These interviews are created for you - the Aspiring Artist, the Hobbyist and the Professional Artist. If you are looking for inspiring and insightful interviews from artists all over the world, you’re in the right place to learn the behind the scenes stories of how these artists got started and how they turned their passion into creative art careers.

    PK 195: Living a Fully Creative Life with Derek Rodenbeck

    PK 195: Living a Fully Creative Life with Derek Rodenbeck

    Ever since meeting Derek I've been fascinated by his lifestyle and willingness to explore, discover and continually reinvent himself.
    As a comic book creator, father, photographer, traveler, bodybuilder... there's just so many different interesting angles and I always love keeping up to hear what Derek has been up to recently.
    6:07 - Derek catches us up on what's been going on since the last time we talked when he had just left on a road trip to 'be more one with nature'
    14:10 - Travelling through Death Valley and rescuing someone from a burning truck
    16:44 - Earning an income while on the road and being 'irresponsible' while having the trip of a lifetime
    18:40 - How traveling together can test and grow your relationship
    20:18 - Making money with Pokemon Go and how that experience taught him that money isn't everything, and how Derek is making money now on Craigslist
    27:02 - What happened after the trip, and how Derek is finding creative fulfillment through Photography after so many years spent working as a comic book creator
    36:25 - As someone who was interested in and working on comics before, and knowing what you know now, what would you tell your former self about comic books specifically?
    41:10 - Advice to wannabe comic creators
    43:57 - Pivoting and creating new creative projects to stay inspired

    • 50 min
    PK 194: The Journey to Building a Large Body of Artwork

    PK 194: The Journey to Building a Large Body of Artwork

    Arthur Haywood is working to creating art that inspires people to learn and want to read about the stories behind what the viewer sees. He is a classically trained painter and has created an incredible body of work for his book, The Great Library.
    In this interview, we talk about Arthur's journey and how he learned from several different schools to develop the skillset he now has.
    1:30 - How Arthur and Mitch met at Artistacon when Arthur was showing his book of work
    2:55 - Arthur describing his book covering scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria and what inspired him to undertake such an ambitious project
    7:00 - How video games can allow us to get a glimpse into the past and experience locations like the Great Library of Alexandria
    8:52 - Arthur discusses the time it takes to create his paintings which are done in the classical style
    11:00 - Discussing the time it takes to create great work and the mental shift that has to happen to fully understand the art-making process
    25:00 - The difference between "Owning" knowledge vs only having theory
    29:50 - What's next for Arthur
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    Links mentioned in this Episode:
    Artistacon: https://www.artistacon.net
    Grand Central Atelier: https://grandcentralatelier.org
    Maryland Institute College of Art: https://www.mica.edu
    Caimbridge Street Studios: http://www.cambridgeststudios.com
    Check out more of Arthur’s Work at:
    Web: http://www.arthurhaywood.com
    Arthur's Book, The Great Library: http://www.arthurhaywood.com/p/the-great-library.html
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    Looking for a fun, easy-going approach to learning art?
    http://www.pencilkings.com
    Want to learn to paint like Arthur?
    http://www.pencilkings.com/evolve
    Grab Mitch's Book:
    Digital Artist Career Blueprint Physical Book: https://amzn.to/2VmUybF
    EBook: https://amzn.to/2Xo4P9g

    • 35 min
    PK 193: How to Unlock Your Full Creative Potential

    PK 193: How to Unlock Your Full Creative Potential

    Rayna was stuck for 15 years... and then 3 questions changed everything.
    The questions allowed her to see her life from a completely different view allowing all kinds of amazing opportunities to come her way and now she helps other artists do the same.
    This fascinating conversation continues on with the creative coaches we've been speaking with to dig even deeper and see just how crucial your mindset is to everything you do.
    If you’ve felt like you’ve been held back, or that everyone else around you is making easier progress your own mind could be the only thing holding you back.  As you listen to this episode ask yourself where you may have your own mindset blocks that need attention.
     
    Highlights:
    1:07: Rayna's Introduction
     
    2:19: How do you explain mindset and how has changing your own mindset led to better results in your life?
    4:38: How long did you stay stuck with a mindset that was holding you back?
    10:05: When you switched your mindset after 15 years, did the change stick?
    12:58: How to get past the firm belief that anything in life worth doing requires hard work?
    17:06: Using your mindset to allow for more time in your life so you can be in flow and allow things to happen naturally
    21:28: Moving past judgment of yourself and of others to be creatively free
    23:29: Does your mindset allow you to only bring good people and work into your life?
    28:20: An example of where mindsets can be created as a child and stick with you for your entire life
    30:20: An example of what happens when an artist switches their money mindset issue
    33:46: What stops us from moving forward towards our goals even when we know it's safe?
     
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    Links mentioned in this Episode:
    The Big Leap Book: https://amzn.to/2U1DfzL
     
    Check out more of Rayna’s Work at:
    Web: https://www.flowcoachingforartists.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flow_coaching_for_artists/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Flowcoachingforartists/
     
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    Looking for a fun, easy-going approach to learning art?
    http://www.pencilkings.com
    Want to learn artistic mastery?
    http://www.pencilkings.com/evolve
    Grab Mitch's Book: Digital Artist Career Blueprint
    Physical Book: https://amzn.to/2VmUybF
    EBook: https://amzn.to/2Xo4P9g

    • 43 min
    PK 191: Do you Love your art?

    PK 191: Do you Love your art?

    In this episode, Mitch talks about how you feel about the art that you are making and why if you aren't loving it, you could be in for a very rocky road.
    But even if you don't love it and still want to do it there is hope!
    The reason why it's important to realize this is that the people who really love what they are doing are actually quite rare, and this love can take you very far in any direction you want.
    However, where it gets dangerous is when you are the person who doesn't have the love for what you are doing and you are taking advice from someone who does have the love and passion... in this case, no matter what you try to do to follow the advice it's going to be very difficult because you're missing the key ingredient - LOVE!
    But what if you don't have or can't find the love?! Does this mean you should just give up? Not at all! If this is you, then you can use careful selection to find the program that will give you the end result you want or keep trying different creative projects until you find one that lights you up.

    Highlights:
    1:00 - Needing a foundation before any art advice can be applied to yourself
    2:30 - Understanding the journey to find what you love in art
    4:45 - Try different creative areas quickly and painlessly to find the one you love without spending any money
    6:57 - How to determine if you love something or not by trying several different things
    14:19 - The difference between people who have a love for their craft and everyone else
    15:32 - When you try to do creative work, do yourself a favor and turn off your phone to avoid distractions
    16:47 - How to become a working professional if you don't have or can't find the love?
    20:28 - How to use the Digital Artist Career Blueprint book to chart your own creative career path
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    Links mentioned in this Episode:

    Looking for a fun, easy-going approach to learning art?
    http://www.pencilkings.com
    Want to learn artistic mastery?
    http://www.pencilkings.com/evolve
    More Videos and Interviews!
    http://www.pencilkings.com/show
    Digital Artist Career Blueprint – Get your copy today!
    Physical Book: https://amzn.to/2VmUybF
    EBook: https://amzn.to/2Xo4P9g

    • 24 min
    PK 191: 3 Simple Steps to Start Your Art Career

    PK 191: 3 Simple Steps to Start Your Art Career

    This interview with Catherine Orer from theArtistEntrepreneur.com was like a rapid-fire Question and Answer session all around the topic of how do you take the next steps to build a viable art career. You'll also learn how artists make the process harder than it needs to be so you can get onto the fast track instead of being stuck.
    If you feel like you aren't making progress OR if you've always wondered what your next step should be - listen up because it's all covered in this interview!
    Catherine helps artists all over the world develop their entrepreneurial strategy which goes far beyond just selling their art. She works with artists on their long term vision and then helps them to turn that vision into reality.
    One idea that has come up several times in past interviews is 'going all-in' on your art. While that may be the fastest way, it's certainly not the only way. Going all-in makes sense when you have a clear vision, a proven plan and the support network to make it all happen. However, without those key pieces it can be a tough road and as you'll hear - it's completely OK to take it slower.
    If you're just starting out here are your next 3 action steps, it's right at 21:38:
    - Get a consistent body of work
    - Figure out what your story is
    - Look at who is around you and start surrounding yourself with the right people who can support your vision and journey
    Highlights:
    2:50 - How artists have a blind spot that is keeping them back from being able to make forward progress
    5:00 - How to start challenging everything you do, so you can start getting different results
    6:40 - The biggest hurdles that keep artists from growing
    9:20 - What roadblocks to we are artists create for ourselves to prevent us from being able to really 'lean in' to the life that we want
    14:45 - Why treating your art like you treat your day job often leads to poor results
    15:35 - Why artists are so good at making their journey into a confusing mess
    17:40 - The difference between creative and technician work
    21:38 - What are the first steps for someone to take who has never sold or shown any of their work, but aspires to grow as an artist
    31:20 - How to explain your story as an artist, and what to do if you think you have nothing interesting to say
    37:00 - Quick recap of the 3 action items to take the next step with your art career
    38:54 - Details on Catherine's upcoming workshop on March 14: "How to grow your art business in 2019 without sacrificing your creative practice"
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    Links mentioned in this Episode:
    You won't be getting a Medal for this: http://theartistentrepreneur.com/blog/2017/1/21/you-wont-be-getting-a-medal-for-this
    Simon Sinek: Start with Why - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZoJKF_VuA
    The Artist's Way Julia Cameron: https://amzn.to/2Hf9bKi
    Check out more of Catherine’s Work at:
    Web: http://theartistentrepreneur.com
    Resources: http://theartistentrepreneur.com/resources-library
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherineorer/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theartistentrepreneurcoach
    Lab: http://theartistentrepreneur.com/lab
    ** March 14, 2019 Workshop: http://bit.ly/2ITNC4m
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    Looking for a fun, easy-going approach to learning art?
    http://www.pencilkings.com
    Want to learn artistic mastery?
    http://www.pencilkings.com/evolve
    Grab my Book: Digital Artist Career Blueprint
    Physical Book: https://amzn.to/2VmUybF
    EBook: https://amzn.to/2Xo4P9g

    • 44 min
    PK 190: Artist Business Insights with Suzanne Redmond

    PK 190: Artist Business Insights with Suzanne Redmond

    Suzanne Redmond has been interviewing artists for the Left Brain Artist Podcast just like we do with the Pencil Kings show and in this episode of the show she comes on to share a lot of the wisdom she has gained.
    Formerly being an accountant, Suzanne brings an interesting voice to the creative conversations because she has the business background that when combined with artists can see things in a different light.
    You'll learn from 3 separate stories Suzanne has discovered where artists are using to live more creatively, as well as how she approached the huge project of getting her podcast off the ground and how you can use the same framework for any project you would like to start.
    Highlights:
    0:30 - Why Instagram is so good for artists
    1:30 - Where the idea for the Left Brain Artist podcast came from and how Suzanne went from being an accountant to getting heavily involved with artists
    5:32 - Suzanne's excellent mini artist-business episodes
    9:34 - What are some of the big insights you've had from your interviews that you can share with the Pencil Kings audience?
    9:50 - How to get back into art by setting a goal to make one piece of 7 days
    12:01 - Thinking outside the box to come up with creative ways to overcome financial challenges as an artist
    14:04 - Finding other ways to generate income with your art other than simply selling what is on the canvas
    17:30 - How changing your thoughts on what you can sell can lead to new, more lucrative ideas
    23:27 - How to break into new types of art (for example doing murals) by collaborating with or simply helping out other artists by offering to be an assistant
    24:34 - Overcoming the challenges of taking on a big personal project and in the process becoming an expert in the process
    34:00 - When you're approaching a project you've never done before how do you estimate and plan your time?
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    Links mentioned in this Episode:
    Wellington Art Society - http://www.wellingtonartsociety.org
    Jennifer Love Gironda - https://www.jenniferlovegironda.com
    Carrie Schmitt - http://www.carrieschmittdesign.com
    Craig McInnis - https://www.craigmcinnis.com
    Check out more of Suzanne’s Work at:
    Left Brain Artist Podcast: https://suzanneredmond.com
    Suzanne's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suzanneredmondart
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    Looking for a fun, easy-going approach to learning art?
    http://www.pencilkings.com/join
    Want to learn artistic mastery?
    http://www.pencilkings.com/evolve
    Grab my Book: Digital Artist Career Blueprint
    Physical Book: https://amzn.to/2VmUybF
    EBook: https://amzn.to/2Xo4P9g

    • 42 min

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