11 episodes

We’re here to offer no-nonsense advice for illustrators and image-makers navigating a creative career. At The Good Ship Illustration, we are all about finding your creative voice, standing out from the crowd, building career-longevity, and being yourself. You’d love your creative work if only you could find more time to do it, make more money, and feel confident with what you make. We believe you DO have what it takes, illustration needn’t be scary, and we’re with you all the way, along with the rest of the crew in our online community.

The Good Ship Illustration The Good Ship Illustration

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

We’re here to offer no-nonsense advice for illustrators and image-makers navigating a creative career. At The Good Ship Illustration, we are all about finding your creative voice, standing out from the crowd, building career-longevity, and being yourself. You’d love your creative work if only you could find more time to do it, make more money, and feel confident with what you make. We believe you DO have what it takes, illustration needn’t be scary, and we’re with you all the way, along with the rest of the crew in our online community.

    Picture Books, drawing and storytelling: Emma Carlisle chats to The Good Ship Illustration

    Picture Books, drawing and storytelling: Emma Carlisle chats to The Good Ship Illustration

    We had a brilliant chat with Good Ship pal, Emma Carlisle on aaall of the things:
    The importance of bad drawingsTackling social media as an illustratorStudying an MA in illustrationFinding out what you're interested inPICTURE BOOKS! Mental health and creativityDrawing from life and filling sketchbooksGetting discovered...aaand lots more Meet Emma and learn more about her work here https://www.emmacarlisle.com/

    p.s.
    DOORS ARE OPEN RIGHT NOW to our big juicy Picture Book Course! 

    If you are ready to get your picture book made and out into the world, now's your time! But be quick - doors close on Friday 7th October 2022.

    Read all about it and join here: https://www.thegoodshipillustration.com/PB

    We'd love to have you sailing with us!
    x Helen Stephens, Tania Willis & Katie Chappell

    • 55 min
    Nightmare clients, good snacks, illustrator fashion and lots more - Message in a Bottle

    Nightmare clients, good snacks, illustrator fashion and lots more - Message in a Bottle

    In this quick fire interview-style episode we answer the questions:
    What was your most horrific client experience?What's your favourite subject to draw?Favourite snack + subject combo...Most unusual client request?Life drawing: the good, the bad and the ugly.Have you ever gone against some advice and it worked out well?What outfit makes you feel most illustrator-y?PLUS
    Tania talks about 
    pitching work to clientsmap work and living in Hong KongKatie talks about
    Introvert working / knowing yourself and designing a career you loveThe joys of SEO (search engine optimisation)Helen talks about
    Whether there's room for you in the picture book worldHow to draw out and about #walktosee without being interrupted by well-meaning people🚢🚢🚢
    Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon...

    The Picture Book Course
    Find out more about The Picture Book Course here!

    Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag
    Find out more about Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag here! 


    p.s. Got a question for the podcast? You can send your questions to goodshipillo@gmail.com and title it 'message in a bottle' so we know what it's about.

    • 50 min
    Preppin' your illustration portfolio - Message in a Bottle

    Preppin' your illustration portfolio - Message in a Bottle

    In this episode we answer all of your portfolio questions:
    Do I need one!?What to put in your illustration portfolio.How to reach out to potential illustration clients.Should I follow the current illustration trends in my portfolio?🚢🚢🚢
    Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon...

    The Picture Book Course
    Find out more about The Picture Book Course here!

    Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag
    Find out more about Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag here! 


    p.s. Got a question for the podcast? You can send your questions to goodshipillo@gmail.com and title it 'message in a bottle' so we know what it's about.

    • 24 min
    Getting started as an illustrator - Message in a Bottle

    Getting started as an illustrator - Message in a Bottle

    In this episode we answer the questions:
    How do I get started as an illustrator (even if you're not a young thing fresh outta art school.)How to get your first big break as an illustrator.Do I need an illustration agent to be successful?🚢🚢🚢
    Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon...

    The Picture Book Course
    Find out more about The Picture Book Course here!

    Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag
    Find out more about Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag here! 


    p.s. Got a question for the podcast? You can send your questions to goodshipillo@gmail.com and title it 'message in a bottle' so we know what it's about.

    • 37 min
    Figuring out where YOUR illustration work fits - Message in a Bottle

    Figuring out where YOUR illustration work fits - Message in a Bottle

    In this episode we answer the questions:
    How do I know if I'm an illustrator or not?How to navigate "The Gap" (see quote below!)How to keep the magic and energy in your finished work
    The Gap

    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
    ― Ira Glass

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    Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon...

    The Picture Book Course
    Find out more about The Picture Book Course here!

    Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag
    Find out more about Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag here! 


    p.s. Got a question for the podcast? You can send your questions to goodshipillo@gmail.com and title it 'message in a bottle' so we know what it's about.

    • 31 min
    Analogue vs. digital illustration - Message in a Bottle

    Analogue vs. digital illustration - Message in a Bottle

    In this episode we answer the questions:
    Analogue vs digital drawing - how to deal with feeling torn between the twoHow to store your artwork (ahhh that old chestnut)Do I HAVE to work digitally to be a picture book illustrator nowadays?🚢🚢🚢
    Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon...

    The Picture Book Course
    Find out more about The Picture Book Course here!

    Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag
    Find out more about Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag here! 


    p.s. Got a question for the podcast? You can send your questions to goodshipillo@gmail.com and title it 'message in a bottle' so we know what it's about.

    • 28 min

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