An Illustrated Life Podcast 005: Kurt D. Hollomon (Part II)

This week’s podcast is a continuation of my conversation with Kurt Hollomon. See the notes for last week’s episode for more details.
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An Illustrated Life Podcast 004: Kurt D. Hollomon (Part I)


Time for another in my series of podcast interviews with cool sketchbook keepers. Are you enjoying them?
I first encountered Kurt Hollomon‘s work when Dan Price sent me an outdoor gear catalog from Royal Robbins which Kurt had illustrated. It was the first time I had seen a commercial project that combined the sort of drawing and journaling and collaging stuff that Dan and I were into and it was very exciting.
We started to correspond with Kurt and soon received many letters filled with drawings and pastels and collages which were enormously inspiring and encouraging.
Now Kurt teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is spawning all sorts of new sketchbookers while still pushing the envelope with his own work. He has a unique practice: he does a drawing, then goes back and layers on paintings, pastels, more drawings, text, typography, calligraphy, and collaged ephemera to build up the page into a beautiful pastiche. He is very devoted to journaling and documents his days more thoroughly than anyone else I know.
When I called up Kurt for a chat, we ended up talking for so long that I have had to split the conversation into two parts; the second will go up next weekend. I learned so much from him and I hope you will too.
I am very psyched to have Kurt’s work 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 31 minutes long; it’s perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.
As usual, I invite your comments (haven’t had many so far) on whether this project is worthwhile and enjoyable. It take a lot of work to do and I would love to know whether and how you are listening to them.
Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
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Next week’s episode: More with Kurt D. Hollomon

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An Illustrated Life podcast 003: Hal Mayforth


On this week’s podcast, I interview illustrator Hal Mayforth about crow quills, snowboarding and the Blues.
Hal and his work are smart and funny. I am particularly inspired by the travel journals he keeps, documenting the hijinks of his family on vacation.


I am delighted to have Hal’s work in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers due out in October.
The whole episode is 29 minutes long; it’s perfect to listen to as you draw in your own journal.

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Please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to this weekly feature until the book comes out this Fall.
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Next week’s episode: Kurt D. Hollomon

An Illustrated Life podcast 002: Cathy Johnson


Cathy (Kate) Johnson has been an inspiration to me for years with her extraordinary nature journals, her beautiful watercolors and her generous willingness to teach many of us in the EDM community via her informative posts and her many books and articles.
I am honored to have Kate’s work in my upcoming book, An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers.
On this week’s podcast, I share a chat we had recently about her career, her inspiration, her techniques and the crucial role her various sketchbooks play in her life and her art.
The whole episode is 25 minutes long.
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Next episode: Hal Mayforth

An Illustrated Life: the Podcast


One of the most exciting aspects of working on my upcoming book, “An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration form the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers” has been the chance to get in touch with the many artists whose work I have admired and learned from since I began to draw. Each of the fifty contributors to the book have granted me a lengthy interview to include with the pages from their journals and sketchbooks.
Starting this week, I shall be producing a podcast that will share the experiences and musings of each of these artists to whet your appetite for the book to come.
We begin with a lengthy chat with Peter Arkle, a transplanted Scotsman who now lives and works in New York. His sketchbook drawings regularly appear in all sorts of publications and are simple, direct, and often hilarious observations about the world around him. For the last fifteen years or so, he has also intermittently published Peter Arkle News, a personal tabloid full of drawings and adventures.
I urge you to
listen to our conversation ( It’s about 37 minutes long — I think future episodes will be shorter)
and browse his website.
If you find this first podcast promising, please stay tuned and consider subscribing via RSS or iTunes* to what I hope will be a weekly or thereabouts feature until the book comes out this Fall.
Next episode: Cathy Johnson
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