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We’re here to offer no-nonsense advice for illustrators and image-makers navigating a creative career. At The Good Ship Illustration, we are all about finding your creative voice, standing out from the crowd, building career-longevity, and being yourself. We are Helen Stephens, Katie Chappell and Tania Willis - 3 full-time bread winning (mmm, bread) illustrators working in 3 separate niches of the illustration industry. Between us we've clocked up over 60 years of experience and illustration ...
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If you’d like to boost your illustration work and dig in to finding your creative voice, you’re in luck! Doors are NOW OPEN for our course, Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag. Just so you know, this the last time to join at the current price. We’d love to have you sailing with us! You can learn more here: https://www.thegoodshipillustrat…
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This episode is chock full of our very toppest of tips for overcoming creative block. Buckle in 🙂 If you’d like to boost your illustration work and dig in to finding your creative voice, you’re in luck! Doors are NOW OPEN for our course, Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag. Just so you know, this the last time to join at the current price…
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This episode is JUICY. Here’s a checklist of action items if you want to put it on your studio wall and get some more eyeballs on your work. Reach out to publishers directly by sending samples and requesting meetings to show your folio and get feedback Send out batches of samples at a time Follow up with publishers by sending new samples every 3 mo…
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In this episode we dig into some juicy questions about describing your own work (aaaargh!) marketing, authenticity, and using your past to find your creative voice. Doors are NOW OPEN for our course, Find Your Creative Voice: Fly Your Freak Flag. Just so you know, this the last time to join at the current price. We’d love to have you sailing with u…
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Planning a visit to Bologna Children's Book Fair this year? You're in luck. Our Helen has made you this INCREDIBLE PDF document to accompany this podcast audio guide to the fair. What else is inside the downloadable guide? A Good Ship Illustration lanyard to print out if you'd like to fly your Good Ship Illustration flag and help fellow Good Ship p…
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Pssst, if you like this, you'll LOVE our course The Picture Book Course. Climb aboard now while you still can - the doors are closing in a few hours. BE QUICK! https://www.thegoodshipillustration.com/PB In this episode we answer a zillion of your brilliant picture book questions. Here's a summary of the key takeaways: Finding stories to illustrate …
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In this episode of the picture book mini series, we're answering some of your MOST JUICY questions all about: Self-publishing - is it a scam? The correct dimensions for your picture book Invoicing and contracts in the picture book industry. It's all the nitty gritty stuff. We love it! Doors are closing really soon. If you'd like to join The Picture…
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Did you know, the doors to our course The Picture Book Course are now open? Come on in! We'd love to have you sailing with us. Read all about it here: https://www.thegoodshipillustration.com/PB What are the big secrets behind successful school visits and events? In this episode, Katie and Tania grill Helen on all the insider bits and VOILA. We talk…
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In this episide of The Good Ship Illustration, we share juggling skills. Whether you're juggling babies, mental health, or just... life stuff, hopefully some of these can help! EXCITING NEWS: The Picture Book Course is open right now! Click here to read all about it ---> https://www.thegoodshipillustration.com/PB And you can sign up for the Charact…
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In this episode of The Good Ship Illustration podcast, we talk all about making a living as a children's book illustrator. EXCITING NEWS: the doors to The Picture Book Course are open right now!! Go go go: https://www.thegoodshipillustration.com/PB We're running a character workshop on Zoom. You can sign up for it here: https://www.thegoodshipillus…
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The pressure's off; there are no fancy art materials here, and our golden rule is no panicking. Start where you are, use what you have. Be kind to yourself. Today we're wrapping up our 5-part adventure. Thank you SO MUCH for listening along. If you've joined the course, we'll see you in there!! We can't wait to see you discover your creative voice.…
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How do you get over the fear of starting a new illustration? In this installment of our mini-series we talk all about overcoming procrastination and fear of the blank page. WELCOME to our 5-part mini-series, all about finding your creative voice. This week we're dropping one episode a day, where we tackle that ol' chestnut: how to find your creativ…
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How do you stop the niggly voice 'my work isn't good enough' from interfering with your creative confidence? WELCOME to our 5-part mini-series, all about finding your creative voice. This week we're dropping one episode a day, where we tackle that ol' chestnut: how to find your creative voice. We've answered questions and created actionable steps f…
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Draw draw draw, then draw some more. PLUS we answer the brilliant question: "...my schedule is not allowing me the time I would like. Can I really find my style if my time is limited? WELCOME to part 2 of our 5-part mini-series, all about finding your creative voice. This week we're dropping one episode a day, where we tackle that ol' chestnut: how…
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Bask in your weirdness. What to do if the voice that’s emerging isn’t the one you like? WELCOME to our 5-part mini-series, all about finding your creative voice. This week we're dropping one episode a day, where we tackle that ol' chestnut: how to find your creative voice. We've answered questions, and created actionable steps for each episode. Wan…
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We’re here to offer no-nonsense advice for illustrators and image-makers navigating a creative career Here are 3 things you need to know: At The Good Ship, our big mission is to help illustrators and image-makers navigate a creative career. There are 3 of us - Tania, Helen and Katie - and we are the Goldilocks (3 bears!) of illustration, covering 3…
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We’re here to offer no-nonsense advice for illustrators and image-makers navigating a creative career Here are 3 things you need to know: At The Good Ship, our big mission is to help illustrators and image-makers navigate a creative career. There are 3 of us - Tania, Helen and Katie - and we are the Goldilocks (3 bears!) of illustration, covering 3…
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We’re here to offer no-nonsense advice for illustrators and image-makers navigating a creative career Here are 3 things you need to know: At The Good Ship, our big mission is to help illustrators and image-makers navigate a creative career. There are 3 of us - Tania, Helen and Katie - and we are the Goldilocks (3 bears!) of illustration, covering 3…
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We’re here to offer no-nonsense advice for illustrators and image-makers navigating a creative career Here are 3 things you need to know: At The Good Ship, our big mission is to help illustrators and image-makers navigate a creative career. There are 3 of us - Tania, Helen and Katie - and we are the Goldilocks (3 bears!) of illustration, covering 3…
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Wahooo, another picture book podcast! The Picture Book Course If you're listening to this and you're interested in making picture books, you've listened at a brilliant time... The Picture Book Course doors are now open!! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE! It's an eight week course and the cover creating your own picture book. Making your best picture book w…
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We had a brilliant chat with Good Ship pal, Emma Carlisle on aaall of the things: The importance of bad drawings Tackling social media as an illustrator Studying an MA in illustration Finding out what you're interested in PICTURE BOOKS! Mental health and creativity Drawing from life and filling sketchbooks Getting discovered ...aaand lots more Meet…
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In this episode we answer the questions: How do I set goals as an illustrator? Am I allowed to illustrate existing book covers? What makes a "good" illustration? Contracts!? The business side of illustration and design. 🚢🚢🚢 Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon... The Picture Book Course Find out more about The Picture B…
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In this episode we answer the questions: Analogue vs digital drawing - how to deal with feeling torn between the two How to store your artwork (ahhh that old chestnut) Do I HAVE to work digitally to be a picture book illustrator nowadays? 🚢🚢🚢 Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon... The Picture Book Course Find out more …
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In this episode we answer the questions: How do I know if I'm an illustrator or not? How to navigate "The Gap" (see quote below!) How to keep the magic and energy in your finished work The Gap “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there …
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In this episode we answer the questions: How do I get started as an illustrator (even if you're not a young thing fresh outta art school.) How to get your first big break as an illustrator. Do I need an illustration agent to be successful? 🚢🚢🚢 Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon... The Picture Book Course Find out more…
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In this episode we answer all of your portfolio questions: Do I need one!? What to put in your illustration portfolio. How to reach out to potential illustration clients. Should I follow the current illustration trends in my portfolio? 🚢🚢🚢 Right now we have two courses, and the doors open again very soon... The Picture Book Course Find out more abo…
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In this quick fire interview-style episode we answer the questions: What was your most horrific client experience? What's your favourite subject to draw? Favourite snack + subject combo... Most unusual client request? Life drawing: the good, the bad and the ugly. Have you ever gone against some advice and it worked out well? What outfit makes you f…
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Our top tips for choosing the best drawing materials. (Don’t let materials trip you up - they're a distraction) Start where you are, use what you have. Fancy materials can freeze you up / feel like too much pressure Your choice of drawing materials can help you blast through a pesky creative block. Rough and ready! Cheap! Easy to grab! The free aud…
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In this episode, we talk about imposter syndrome, authenticity, getting excited about your own work, and how to be consistent. Bonus: how to eat an elephant 🚢🚢🚢 Want to be part of an online community, full of fellow creatives? Build your illustration career and make your best creative work ever? It's time to discover how good it feels to truly be y…
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Avoiding the comparison trap In this episode we answer the questions: Is there room for me in the illustration industry? How can I find time to create my work!? 🚢🚢🚢 Want to be part of an online community, full of fellow creatives? Build your illustration career and make your best creative work ever? It's time to discover how good it feels to truly …
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This is the first episode of our podcast! Helen Stephens, Tania Willis, and Katie Chappell are the crew at The Good Ship illustration, and this episode is all about getting to know us. Learn more about The Good Ship Illustration and how we each found our creative voices. Grab a cuppa, listen while you draw, and let us know what you think. (Instagra…
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