21 episodes

Illo Chat is a podcast for illustrators working in the children's book industry. Creative, funny and full of information on how to write, illustrate, and publish picture books and how to become a professional illustrator. Women illustrators, Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran, teach about the publishing industry and the behind the scenes work that goes into book design and illustration. Kidlit discussions and insights for artist and creatives.
WEBSITE: www.illochat.com

Illo Chat: Illustration Podcast Olga Herrera & Sunny Duran

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Illo Chat is a podcast for illustrators working in the children's book industry. Creative, funny and full of information on how to write, illustrate, and publish picture books and how to become a professional illustrator. Women illustrators, Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran, teach about the publishing industry and the behind the scenes work that goes into book design and illustration. Kidlit discussions and insights for artist and creatives.
WEBSITE: www.illochat.com

    EP 18 Illustration Community

    EP 18 Illustration Community

    In episode 18 Olga and Sunny announce their new facebook group for Illo Chat listeners the Illo Chat Illustration Community.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427 

    They talk about how to manage and set up a critique group and how listeners will be able to find critique partners, network and participate in live critiques in their new facebook group.  Thanks for listening.

    ILLO CHAT ILLUSTRATION COMMUNITY (JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP): https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427

    OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/

    Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU

    ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼

    Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/

    Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/

    • 44 min
    Ep 17 FAQ's

    Ep 17 FAQ's

    In episode 17 Olga and Sunny talk about about some frequently asked questions. They discuss their response when people ask them to recommend an illustrator for their book or project. What to do if your an author illustrator and only your manuscript gets accepted and why you don't have to participate in illustration challenges. Thanks for listening.

    OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/

    Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU

    ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼

    Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/

    Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/

    • 47 min
    Ep 16 Children's Book Categories

    Ep 16 Children's Book Categories

    In episode 16 Olga and Sunny discuss children's book categories. What are the specs for each, the target audience and they show a few examples of their favorites. To see the books discussed in this episode you can watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/38gKjmI1Mow Thanks for listening.  

    Books we discuss 

    BOARD BOOKS: 

    The Mitten by Jan Brett Guess How Much I Love you by Sam McBratney illustrated by Anita Jeram 

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister 

    Bath! Bath! Bath! by Douglas Florian, Illustrated by Christiane Engel 

    First 100 words In English and Spanish by Ana Godinez 

    PICTURE BOOKS: 

    When Pencil Met Eraser by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, JR., illustrated by German Blanco 

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman 

    Oak Leaf by John Sandford 

    Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan 

    New In Town by Kevin Cornell 

    The Pop-up Book of Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen 

    EARLY READERS 

    A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey 

    Clifford Makes The Team (Level 1) Norman Bridwell 

    Moo Dog (Level 1) by David Milgrim 

    Ninja In the Kitchen: Moby Shinobi (Level 1) by Luke Flowers  

    EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS: 

    Didi Dodo Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Jared Chapman 

    Kitty Tales: Nerma and Blueberry’s Staycation by Ariana B. Farina, illustrated by Sunny Duran 

    The Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate 

    Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca and later AG Ford 

    Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall 

    Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus 

    CHAPTER BOOKS: 

    Mary poppins in the park by P.L. Travers 2016 Edition 

    GRAPHIC NOVELS: 

    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, Adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson 

    Sisters by Raina Telgemeier 

    The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag 

    A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted 

    MIDDLE GRADE: 

    The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno 

    Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan 

    Beyonders series by Brandon Mull 

    The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix 

    YA: Thunder Head by Neal Shusterman 

    OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU 

    ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ 

    Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ 

    Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep 15 When your Muse Goes on Vacation

    Ep 15 When your Muse Goes on Vacation

    In episode 15 Olga and Sunny talk about about when your muse goes on vacation. Cuando la Musa se te va de vacaciones. How to recognize if you have art block and possible things you can do to work through it. Thanks for listening.

    LINKS: 

    Neil Gaiman University of the Arts commencement speech clip (Make Good Art): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OwRUyZMKwI  

    Waterproof notepad: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LID8V54/ref=cm_sw_r_fm_api_i_CXTRFCB5EBQG769GGXRX

    OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/

    Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU

    ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼

    Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/

    Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/

    • 55 min
    Ep 14 Pivot

    Ep 14 Pivot

    In episode 14 Olga and Sunny talk about what to do when things don't go as planned. How you can pick up the pieces, pivot and make the best of things.  Thanks for listening.

    LINKS:

    Women in Publishing Summit: https://womeninpublishingsummit.com/

    SCBWI Regional Conference: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/2022-mddewv-regional-conference-all-together-now/

    OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/

    Watch the video: https://youtu.be/4UunlCuh6SE

    ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼

    Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/

    Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/

    • 59 min
    Ep 13 Conference Plans

    Ep 13 Conference Plans

    In episode 13 Olga and Sunny talk about they're plans for the new year. They also discuss how to plan for a conference. Please excuse the quality of the audio in this episode. Olga had some technical difficulties. Thanks for listening.

    LINKS:

    Women in Publishing Summit: https://womeninpublishingsummit.com/

    Elisabeth Craster: https://www.elisabethcraster.com/

    La Cometa: https: //spain.scbwi.org/la-cometa/

    SCBWI Regional Conference: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/2022-mddewv-regional-conference-all-together-now/

    OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/

    Watch the video: https://youtu.be/4UunlCuh6SE

    ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼

    Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/

    Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

ellenseal_art ,

A joy to listen to

I feel like I’m catching up with old friends listening to this podcast. Lots of great info too! 😊

Hazel.DH ,

My new favorite!

I’ve learned so much from these two women! So helpful!

A very grateful artist ,

Incredible podcast!

For any new artist or anyone looking to become an illustrator for a book, I really recommend this podcast. The creators are both very experienced and show great tips and guidance for sometimes complicated processes and systems. Truly life changing snd inspirational

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