Thursday, June 27, 2013

My favorite podcasts

TracyBishop sketchUpdate: 4/25/2014
It's been almost a year since I've written this list. I thought it would be nice to add some new favorites. I still listen to everything listed last year so it's still a good list.

Here are new podcasts that I've discovered in 2014:

  • Let's Get Busy Podcast hosted by Matthew Winner (twitter @MatthewWinner) - This podcast should be mandatory listening to anyone who wants to write and illustrate picture books. Matthew Winner interviews authors and illustrators about the process of creating books. Matthew adds on his perspective as an elementary teacher librarian. THIS is what makes this podcast so unique and priceless to me. I listen to a ton of podcast where you hear artists talking to other artists or authors talking to industry people. It is such a nice change to hear what teachers and kids think about books. I feel like I'm getting a masters education on picture book making by listening to this podcast.

  • Home Work - A weekly podcast for people who work from home. A lot of practical advice about the practicalities of having a home office. 

The one thing that I have to have while working is something to listen to. I find that my mind wanders and it just gets lonely if I try to work in silence.

I have two listening modes:

Mode 1-- Thinking mode
If I have to really concentrate to sketch out ideas or to work out a layout of a book, I need music. Not only any kind of music, but something droning and repetitive that I will loop over and over again. These days, the opening theme for Game of Thrones is my preferred song that I play on repeat. (Because of this my kid hums the Game of Thrones song. I keep on telling people that I don't let him watch the show.)

Coffivity - Another thing I listen to when I have to think is the coffee shop noise from Coffivity. It sounds really silly but it really works to help you focus.

 Mode 2-- Production mode 
When I'm painting for looooong hours, I listen to podcasts. I love listening to conversation and the idea that I'm learning things while working. Over the years I've collected quite a few shows so here's my list:

Podcasts about Illustration/Comics:
Podcasts about Creativity/Productivity
Podcasts about Tech Stuff:
Podcasts about Stuff:
I'm always looking for new podcasts to listen to so please write down any suggestions you have in the comments!


  1. ooh this is such a good list! Thank you!! I was just thinking I need something new...
    A few on mine, that aren't on here are:

    "After the Jump", Grace Bonney from Design Sponge interviews various artists and makers.

    "The Nerdist", fun interviews with comics/actors etc. Recently listend to an amazing one with Lilly Tomlin!!

    And my husband is trying to get me hooked on "99% Invisible", which he swears is like Radio Lab....

    If ya wanna get deep, "On Being" with Krista Tippet is amazing.

    1. Thank you for the suggestions, Gaia! I definitely need to check all of those out :-D

  2. Anything from CBC! Some of my favourites are Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, and The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Also really like Spark with Nora Young for interesting techy-type and futurist news. Have found a few segments pertaining to other artsy stuff in other shows - The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright did a segment on Drawn & Quarterly (graphic novel publishers) a few months ago.

  3. Thanks for the list. I will definitely be sifting through this for some listening. I love to take in this kind of listening while I work.