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Once Upon a Sketch Podcast Episode 6 – Round Table State of the Industry

In our sixth episode we welcome our friends Donald Wu, Chris Jones and Mary Reaves Uhles to discuss the state of the freelance illustration industry. We talk about how the industry has changed, our uses of social networking to make connections and finally getting around to the mediums that we all work in. It’s a great conversation with good information.

Links
Donald’s Art Rep catalogs – www.mbartists.com/cgi-bin/iowa/catalog.html
Buffer App – www.bufferapp.com
Tweet Deck – www.tweetdeck.com

Audio Version of the podcast or listen on iTunes

podcastroundtable02 Donald Wu – 
Born in Hong Kong, Donald grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area after moving there as a child. Years of drawing doodles in school along with a love of comic books led him to study illustration at the California College of the Arts. While at school, Donald was introduced to many different mediums ranging from watercolors to acrylics. Although Donald started his career using traditional mediums, Donald has since made the transition to digital medium. Donald continues to reside and “doodle” in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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podcastroundtable01 Chris Jones – 
I’m an illustrator with an expressive and humorous style that is fun and engaging. I’m equally comfortable working on picture books, or sequentially in comics/cartoons.Born near Toronto, Canada, and raised on comic books, red licorice, and Saturday morning cartoons, I’ve been drawing with a passion ever since I could hold a crayon!I’m a Graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a member of: the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Picture Book Artists Association.
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 podcastroundtable03 Mary Reaves Uhles – 
Mary Reaves Uhles has worked for over a decade creating art for children. Her pieces have been included in books and magazines around the world. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. To this day her work features a cinematic quality essential to bringing characters to life.
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 podcastroundtable04 Norm Grock – 
Norm Grock has been drawing since before he even learned to swim which is saying a lot considering he grew up in Hawaii. Since leaving the Islands’ beautiful beaches and landing in Oregon he went to college and received a degree in graphic design. Now living in Portland, Oregon, Norm spends countless hours perfecting his craft as a freelance illustrator working on several children’s books. With over 15 years in the children’s entertainment industry Norm would like to start working on his passions and create his own intellectual properties.
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 podcastroundtable05 Wilson Williams, Jr – 
I have been a professional commercial artist and designer for over thirteen years. My pens, pencils and wacom pen have been drawing and painting images from my imagination my entire life. My work is whimsical, fun and captures the measure of my spirit.
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4 Comments

  1. kevin o'malley

    Nice work folks! I enjoyed the cast quite a bit.

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    • WilsonWJr

      Thanks so much Kevin! It would do our hearts proud if you could go to Itunes and leave that review and a rating there as well! Thanks so much for listening! Let us know if you want us to cover any specific topic. We’ll do what we can.

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  2. Lisa J. Michaels

    Hey Wilson! That was awesome, it was helpful to hear that other illustrators (even those who have found great success) are struggling with the same issues that I am. It is often a lonely profession, in that we usually don’t have enough time for one-on-one discussions, so we don’t know if our colleagues are feeling the same pressures, disappointments, etc.

    I also found this discussion validating, in that I now know that the things I am doing to further my career and find illustration assignments are the same as those of you who have experienced the little successes I continue to seek. (i.e.- for the most part, I’m doing everything I should be doing!)

    Thanks again for yet another fun and enlightening discussion. You guys rock! :o)

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    • WilsonWJr

      Thanks so much Lisa!!! You were very helpful in giving me insight when I got started so I am very happy to pay it forward to others. I know Norm and the other illustrators agree with that sentiment! Thanks so much for listening in! We’ll have to have you at the table soon! Hope all is well!

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