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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 243: Launching A Board Game on Kickstarter

    PK 243: Launching A Board Game on Kickstarter

    Dan Piche is the creator of Champions of Akathena a board game launching on 15 June.  He has advice for anyone who has a passion to make a board game, but no experience actually making it a reality. 
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    In this week’s episode we get the final chapter on designing and launching your own board game.  We had Dan on the podcast in the past to talk about the process so far in Episode 230 (https://www.pencilkings.com/daniel-piche/) and now that he’s just about to launch again here’s the update of the story as he's just about to release his new board game to the world. 

    There's lots of insight into the care it takes to bring your project to the finish line, but mostly I hope while listening you can get a sense of how you can look at your own projects with fresh eyes and see how you can use feedback to make your work as good as it possibly can be.

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    PK 242: Reinventing Yourself as an Artist

    PK 242: Reinventing Yourself as an Artist

    Diego Jourdan Pereira is an author of puzzle and activity books, including the Giant Book of Games and Puzzles for Smart Kids, The Big Book of Brain-Boosting Puzzles, Bible Power Puzzles, and the Astonishing Bathroom Reader. With a background in illustration, comic books, and graphic design, his clientele has ranged from Dover Publications to The Topps Company.
     
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    In this week’s episode, Diego Jourdan Pereira walks us through how he went from a career as an illustrator working in licensing and completely reinvented himself as an author and book designer.  
    Diego’s story is a fantastic model showing how clear goals and hard work pay off to break into a completely new market and create new opportunities. 
    If you have been sitting on the fence, not knowing what to do or how to do it, just listen up because the clues are all right here and if you are willing to put in the work, it’s just a matter of continued effort and time before you’re well on your way towards your dream career where you get paid to be creative. 
    In the last part of the episode we talk about the difference between dreams and goals, and Diego has a great way of looking at how to set and make your goals a reality.

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    PK 241: How to Become a Character Designer

    PK 241: How to Become a Character Designer

    Mitch Bowler is the Founder of Pencil Kings and the Co-founder of Evolve Artist. He has worked with countless companies, including Pixar, Marvel, Dungeons & Dragons, Activision, and more.
    As a former 3D technical artist, Mitch has gone through the ups and downs of honing his craft, which is why he decided to revolutionize the way that art is taught.
    Both of his companies offer professional instruction and hands-on support from real artists in order to help creatives around the world take their work to the next level.
    Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn:
    How to ground your ideas of what a character designer does by looking at reference books Why not loving the character design process can be a huge red flag, and what to do if this is you. How to look for jobs and make your dream career more realistic. How and why to participate in online communities Putting together a portfolio based on your earlier research How to have an awesome creative career even if you realize that character design isn’t as fun as you thought it might be In this episode:
    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.  The cool thing about this plan is that you can get started right now, and when you put your mind to it and just follow the steps you could be landing your dream career as a character designer in the next 12 months. 

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    PK 240: Publishing Your Animated Short

    PK 240: Publishing Your Animated Short

    Michael Cawood is a multi-award winning British Animated Filmmaker based in Los Angeles who develops original animated projects in his free time. Having worked in animation since 1994, he's created Films, Series, Commercials, VR and Games.  His work in short films has won him numerous 'Best Short Film' and 'Best Animation' awards plus the Orson Welles Award. 
     
    In this episode:
    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. 
    Creating and finishing your animated short film is amazing in itself and Michael talks about the choices he made to ensure that the project would be completed before the birth of his son.  
    For anyone who has dreamed of making an independent animation this is a fantastic interview that will give you a glimpse of what it’s like, and how long it takes to make it to the finish line. 
    In this interview right at we discuss how indie projects are the perfect way to break into the creative industry of your dreams.  Nothing beats hands-on experience and Michael even gives a call out to anyone interested in collaborating on projects to get in touch.  If you’ve always wanted to work in the entertainment industry.

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    PK 239: Mentorship and Education for Creative Careers

    PK 239: Mentorship and Education for Creative Careers

    Mitch Bowler is the Founder of Pencil Kings and the Co-founder of Evolve Artist. He has worked with countless companies, including Pixar, Marvel, Dungeons & Dragons, Activision, and more. As a former 3D technical artist, Mitch has gone through the ups and downs of honing his craft, which is why he decided to revolutionize the way that art is taught. Both of his companies offer professional instruction and hands-on support from real artists in order to help creatives around the world take their work to the next level.
     
    In this episode:
    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.
    Having a goal of 12 months into the future, while also looking back at how you have performed in the past 12 months gives you a good idea of where you are right now... and wherever that is, is perfectly fine!  
    The most important part is being honest with yourself so you can move forward and get to where you want to be in the most direct way possible.  
    The four options that you have are:
    Free Resources Paid Courses Mentorship School Each resource has its own plusses and minuses, but most importantly you need to do what is right for YOU.  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!  

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    PK 238: Testing Creative Career Ideas

    PK 238: Testing Creative Career Ideas

    Mitch Bowler is the Founder of Pencil Kings and the Co-founder of Evolve Artist. He has worked with countless companies, including Pixar, Marvel, Dungeons & Dragons, Activision, and more. As a former 3D technical artist, Mitch has gone through the ups and downs of honing his craft, which is why he decided to revolutionize the way that art is taught. Both of his companies offer professional instruction and hands-on support from real artists in order to help creatives around the world take their work to the next level.
    In this episode… What skills do you need in order to start making money from your art? While many artists focus on creative skills such as drawing or painting, these are not always the most important skills for landing your dream creative career. 
    According to Mitch Bowler, exploring and developing the skills that are in demand for creative projects is a necessary step for making your artistic dreams a reality. But, how do you know which creative skills are in demand—and which ones will be the right fit for you? Mitch Bowler has some tried-and-true strategies for testing different career ideas, discerning project-fit, and taking simple steps to find your creative calling. 
    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!

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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.

t2te ,

Liron podcast

I enjoyed this podcast and the motivation behind this topic. Liron is a breath of fresh air as far as art instructors on internet. His love of sharing teaches as he goes, mistakes or not! I hope his new goal (painting more for himself instead of for us) doesn’t preclude his interest in painting instructions for us. I find his approach very refreshing — opposite of some of the established Watercolor artists. He is not afraid to paint live, and his depth of instructions make him believable. He enables me to say to myself, yes I can do this, even if I have to do it three times before I feel successful. Thank you for giving him more reach by inviting him to podcast! Terri from Michigan

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