Illo Chat is a podcast for creatives in the illustration industry. About children's book illustration, publishing and how to become a children's book illustrator. Creative, funny and full of information on how to publish a book and how to become a professional illustrator. Women illustrators 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.
EP 5 Critiques
In this episode we talk about critiques. Why should illustrators get portfolio critiques, how to choose who critiques your artwork. How to listen to a critique and how to give one using the sandwich method. Thanks for listening.
Ep 4 A Dentist can't give you Heart Surgery
In this episode we talk about why you as an illustrator shouldn't always say yes to every creative favor and how to say no and stay on track. Thanks for listening.
Ep 3 Start Where You're At!
In this episode we're talking about how to start on your children's book illustration journey. Don't wait to start illustrating because if you wait you'll never be ready. Just start where you're at. Thanks for listening.
Ep 2 Don't Work in a Bubble.
In this episode we talk about how illustrators can tell if they are working in a bubble. How to get out of it and how to find their creative community. Thanks for listening.
Links we discussed: SCBWI - https://www.scbwi.org/
SVS Learn - https://www.svslearn.com/
Ep 1 Our Story, How we got started as Children's Book Illustrators and how we met.
In this episode we share our stories on how we got started as children's book illustrators. How we met and what we plan to do with this podcast. Thanks for listening.
Fresh voices about “how things work”!
When this podcast debuted, the hosts published the first 4 episodes (!), and so I binged listened to all four over a couple of days. Things I dig about this podcast: 1. Olga illustrates for traditional publishers, and Sunny illustrates for self-published authors. Which I think will bring a new perspective to illustrating children's books when we introduce the self-published/kickstarter variable into the equation. I look forward to their take on that. 2. Both have entered the children's book illustration industry later in life, and I'm always interested in what creators have to say when it comes to deciding to pursue a creative career after the kids have grown. 3. Both artists are fairly new to children's book illustration and are very candid about the things they did not know going in. In the first few episodes they often use the phrase, "how things worked," in the context of, "I didn't know how things worked." And I love that, because I think every industry-creative or otherwise-has this unwritten set of rules or guidelines of how things work. There's a way to break into every career, but if you know a little inside baseball, if you have a little knowledge up front about how things work, it makes the journey a little less rocky. So, final thoughts on this is: Listen to this podcast if you want some fresh, new perspectives on illustration and the children's book industry. Also, if you're getting into the game later on in life (um...hello-it me!) it's always refreshing hearing voices that are closer to your same age as an alternative to the twenty-something fresh out of art-school that got a contract with Scholastic on their first job interview. Yeah, nobody likes that person...except maybe Scholastic, but that's it!
Children’s book illustrator’s podcast you don’t want to miss
I’ve learned so much from this podcast series with Sunny and Olga. They make a great team providing such valuable advise and resources. I’ve been looking forward to each episode and they’re both nice to listen too. Thank you!!