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.
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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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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 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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Next week’s episode: Kurt D. Hollomon