An Illustrated Life Podcast 013: Christine Castro Hughes

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My editor tell me that in a week or two, I will be getting the first advanced copy of my new book, An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers. As you can imagine, I’m thrilled.
I’m also excited to be starting up my podcast of interviews with the contributors to the book again after an inexcusably long hiatus.
Today we will be talking to Christine Castro Hughes in Los Angeles. Christine is a wonderful designer and an avid illustrated journalista. She and her husband Rama are the hosts of the Portrait Party, among many other creative endeavors. I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.
To see more of Christine’s work, visit her site.
And listen to our conversation here. The episode is 33 minutes long; perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
I am very happy that Christine will be represented in my upcoming book due out in a month or so from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).

Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.

An Illustrated Life Podcast 012: Melanie Ford Wilson


Melanie is a wonderful illustrator and designer based in Ontario, Canada. I first encountered her work through her blog and was enchanted by the sweetness of her perspective and by the lively way she writes.
We had a length chat about all sorts of things but I was particularly intrigued by our conversation about the ups and downs of being a popular blogger and the group of women illustrator/designer/bloggers of which Melanie has been a part for the past few years.
See Melanie’s work here and her blog here.
And listen to our conversation here. The episode is 63 minutes long; perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
I am very happy that Melanie will be represented in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).

Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.

An Illustrated Life Podcast 011: Seamus Heffernan


Seamus Heffernan is the youngest person in my new book but his work is mature and inspiring. He hand makes his own journals and paints and draws in them with enormous style and beauty.
Seamus grew up in New England and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He recently graduated with a BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and did a semester abroad with the Aegean Center of the Fine Arts in Greece. He is a freelance illustrator/ painter/ comics artist and is working on a graphic novel about the Revolutionary War. See excerpts from the novel and his journals at seaheff.com

You can listen to the episode here. It’s 47 minutes long; perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.

I am very happy that Seamus will be represented in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).

Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.

An Illustrated Life Podcast 009 & 010: Roz Stendahl

May 10, 2008


Many readers are probably familiar with Roz Stendahl and the incredibly useful advice she dispenses as a member of the EDM group. You may also remember that she gave me a special correspondence class in watercoloring a few years back that transformed my journal pages. On this special double episode of the podcast, Roz and I talk about all sorts of things drawing-related. We managed to blather on for a full two episodes worth of stuff and, frankly, could have gone on for hours more.
Part One can be found here.
Part Two is here.
I am very happy that Roz will be represented in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).
I am posting both installments of the interview today; they are perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.
Next episode: Seamus Heffernan.

An Illustrated Life Podcast 008: Paul Soupiset


On this week’s episode, I talk to designer and San Antonio native Paul Soupiset. I first came across Paul’s work last year when he posted his Lentenblog. I loved his watercolors and the interesting way he was approaching his faith through art. When Paul visited New York, I invited him to visit us at home. Patti, Jack and I were in the middle of trying to make linoleum prints and I took some time off to sit with Paul and talk about Art, Life, God and the rest of it.
Spend some time at Paul’s site as you listen to our chat.

I am very happy that Paul will be represented in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).
The whole episode is 24 minutes long; it’s perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.

An Illustrated Life Podcast 007: Mark S Fisher


A sketchbook is a place of contemplation. For some people, like me, that contemplation is of the exterior world, and focus exclusively on drawing the things that are in front of me. But for others, contemplation is internal. They draw the pictures that appear in their minds and allow their imaginations to embellish. On this week’s podcast, I talked to Mark S. Fisher, who is an illustrator, a designer, and a part-time security guard. Mark fills a half dozen books a year and has done so for over three decades. He has many interesting things to say about drawing, art, and contemplation.

As you listen to this conversation, I suggest you check out the work on his website and two galleries of sketchbooks stuff, here and here. I found that the conversation left me wanting to be much wilder and more free in my sketchbook. I hope it does the same for you.

I am very happy that Mark will be represented in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).
The whole episode is 39 minutes long; it’s perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.

An Illustrated Life Podcast 006: Rama Hughes


This week’s podcast is an interview with LA illustrator and teacher Rama Hughes.
Rama’s work is clear and confident and his ability to capture likeness is unnerving. A long time sketchbooks keeper, he has a lot of interesting things to say about incorporating art into your every day life — he and his wife Christine seem to be endlessly creative and just sit around with their friends making things while the rest of us are at McDonald’s or watching the American Idol semifinals. I urge you to listen to this interview carefully and be inspired.
I also urge you to join Rama’s Portrait Party. My family has been drawing each other for the party (I’ll post some pictures soon).
I am very happy that Rama will be represented in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October from HOW books ( though you can pre-order it today).
The whole episode is 47 minutes long; it’s perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
See all previous episodes on my podcast home page.

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Oh, and here are some pictures from the Gregory family Portrait party: (I drew Patti who drew Jack who drew me….etc.) and Roz just joined the party too. Check it out!

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