242 episodes

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

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 101 Ratings

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 241: How to Become a Character Designer

    PK 241: How to Become a Character Designer

    In this week’s episode, Mitch Bowler from Pencil Kings breaks down a simple five-step process that he would use to break into having a career as a character designer. 

    This talk skips right over technical skill development and gets right to the heart of the key steps any artist will need to take to land their dream job, even if they have no idea how to get started.  Just follow the steps you could be landing your dream career as a character designer in the next 12 months. 

    • 22 min
    PK 240: Publishing Your Animated Short

    PK 240: Publishing Your Animated Short

    In this week’s episode, we’re speaking with Michael Cawood who had been on the podcast previously to speak about his independently animated film, ‘The Wrong Rock’ which has since been completed and published and is generating a lot of views on YouTube and which was also made the shortlist for consideration to be included in the Oscar Awards. 

    • 39 min
    PK 239: Mentorship and Education for Creative Careers

    PK 239: Mentorship and Education for Creative Careers

    Mitch wraps up his series on getting serious about using your creativity to generate income and talks about the different types of resources you can use to move towards your goal.

    The four options that you have are:
    - Free Resources
    - Paid Courses
    - Mentorship
    - School

    Your situation is unique and by knowing yourself and having clear goals you can make the right choice to make the next 12 months really count!  

    • 18 min
    PK 238: Testing Creative Career Ideas

    PK 238: Testing Creative Career Ideas

    In this week's episode of Pencil Kings, host Mitch Bowler demonstrates how you can discover—and develop—the skills necessary to land your dream creative career. Mitch shares his strategies for identifying which skills are in demand for creative projects, how to find your calling as an artist, and the simple ways to unlock new possibilities for your creative career. Stay tuned for more!

    • 18 min
    PK 237: Making Your Art Career Path Real

    PK 237: Making Your Art Career Path Real

    In this week's episode of Pencil Kings, host Mitch Bowler reveals how to ground your art career path in reality using job descriptions. Listen in as Mitch talks about how to discern what creative skills are in demand for a specific field, why experience isn’t the only metric for determining if you are qualified for a job, and the importance of breaking out of your comfort zone as you make your dreams a reality. Stay tuned.

    • 19 min
    PK 236: The 12 Month Art Career Goal

    PK 236: The 12 Month Art Career Goal

    In this week's episode of Pencil Kings, host Mitch Bowler shares his expert strategies for transforming your creative dreams into a reality in the next 12 months. Mitch highlights the importance of setting a concrete goal as an artist, how to determine the right path to take on your creative journey, and his tips for making real progress with your next project. Stay tuned!

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Lifeofawhitfield ,

Inspiring and Informative

Pencil Kings is a great podcast that truly makes you inspired to create while listening. Episode 214 about “Flipping the Switch” was especially relatable to me recently. The interviews and conversations help motivate me through the grind of comics. Love the podcast. If your making comics and lack confidence in any way it is a must listen.

MFS1 ,

creativity enhancer

This is not a podcast about art (well, not only a podcast about art). It’s a podcast about creativity in all its forms. As a writer, I’ve keep returning to this for all kinds of lessons to apply to my own creative life.

Chicoartist ,

The best ‘Art’ podcast so far ...

Most art podcasts I’ve run into so far mean well and give it the old college try, but don’t translate very well to the “listening” format for a couple of primary reasons ...

First, nothing -to me- is more boring than what I call “neutral” or “safe” art discussion, i. e., all of our time is valuable, especially today with so much coming at us from 14 directions, yet we see artists or hosts talking about a subject without the primary objective being to roll up our sleeves and dissect it at its core so that actual learning will occur.

There’s no time in my busy schedule for any art topic without the audience learning something past the 1st semester newbie level. If you need this kind of pat on the rump and to be told over and over again how to sell your work in this day and age, 👉you are destined to remain a piddler for life.

The secret? Easy!! Do. Good. Work. And. It. Will. Sell — you already know how to get it out there if you’re reading this on one of today’s magic devices.

This podcast digs into art that way.

Next, amateur hour hosts or production value. Would you watch a major daily news broadcast helmed by college sophomores from their day room? The answer is no. No time for that here, either, considering the widespread podcast explosion across all manner of topics where quality counts and is available.

Before I forget - LENGTH. Any discussion type podcast consistently over, say, 45 minutes (and that’s being generous) needs to be edited better-er, period. Actually, this is probably my primary beef with most podcasts, *particularly* creative subject shows where there are no visuals.

This podcast is produced very well, with great sound quality and host knowledge and skill.

Sorry for the cynical attitude, but as someone constantly in “learning mode,” this is the only ‘art’ podcast that has stayed in my very busy queue. 🎨👍🏼👍🏼

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