Great Podcasts for Illustrators and Visual Storytellers


I don't know about you, but I always listen better while I'm drawing and I draw better when I'm listening to something inspiring. Here are a list of my favorite podcasts at the moment. Enjoy and have a happy 4th of July!

Do you have favorites that aren't on this list? Please share them in the comments! :)

1. Stories Unbound

"Your Guide to the Growing World of Kidlit and Children's Book Publishing." Hosted by Shauna J.C. Tenney, the Author/Illustrator of Brunhilda’s Backwards Day. This was the first kidlit podcast I started listening to and it really gave me a good foundation of kidlit industry knowledge.

2. All The Wonders

Matthew Winner is made of gold. He hosts inspiring interviews with kidlit Authors and Illustrators. Matthew is an elementary school librarian by day, so he has a unique perspective on all things kidlit. All The Wonders just celebrated four years of broadcasting, so there’s a wealth of information here.

3. The Picturebooking Podcast

A podcast about creating and sharing picture books, hosted by Nick Patton who is an author/illustrator. Lots of interviews with different authors and illustrators here too. This podcast is produced by All The Wonders, but it approaches it from more of a creator’s perspective.

4. Chris Oatley's Artcast

"Artistic insight and career advice from the most inspiring voices in animation, games, vfx, comics and new media. Hosted by Chris Oatley." Chris Oatley is a former Disney character designer and director of the Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling.

5. The Paper Wings Podcast

This is an Oatley Academy podcast focusing on story development. "Elevate your visual storytelling! Learn to write, draw and make a living from your creator-owned comics, graphic novels, films and miniseries with Chris Oatley, Lora Innes and Marvel storyboard artist Justin Copeland." There haven't been any new episodes in a while, but the existing ones are packed full of storytelling wisdom.

6. The DIY Animation Show

Yet another Oatley Academy podcast. "Learn tips and tricks to make your own animated web series, shorts, features and gifs!" This one is relatively new, but worth a listen.

7. Make it and Then Tell Everybody

Finding out how comic artists and illustrators do what they do. Hosted by Dan Berry.

8. Escape from Illustration Island

This one recently was relaunched. There are tons of back episodes to listen to as well. “The critically-acclaimed audio podcast featuring conversations with Illustrators, Art Directors, Art Reps and other creative professionals.” Hosted by Thomas James.

9. Social Media Examiner Marketing Podcast / Social Media Examiner Show

This is actually two podcasts. The first features longer and more in depth discussions of social media topics. The second one is a shorter (approximately 10 minutes) show that can get you the information you need quickly. Both are very helpful and chock full of tips for promoting yourself on the web.

10. Social Media Happy Hour

A short, informative podcast with tips on social media and online promotion.

11. The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast

Hosted by twin animators Tom and Tony Bancroft. They “talk about their Disney Animation past, the present animation business, and the future of animation. Interviews with talented artists, inspirational words, and wild speculation will help you grow as a person - or not.”

12. Chasing Dreams

Introduces you to people you never knew you needed to meet. "Aimee J. talks to fellow dream chasers who share the story of their chase, the lessons they've learned, and have a good time doing it." I recently discovered this one because Aimee did an interview with Dani Jones. Good stuff!