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Mike Hendley is a self-taught artist who specializes in pencil and digital drawing. Mike shares his experiences in learning how to draw with those interested in beginning to draw or hoping to refine their techniques. Mike also explores the challenges of being creative and making space for these passionate pursuits in our hectic lives. Grab a pad and pencil or an iPad and follow along with Mike on this artistic journey filled with tips, tricks, interviews, stories and tutorials.
 
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Mike talks about a change to Patreon, some new artwork, and setting your theme for 2022. Mike is then joined by artist and educator Ian de Hoog who shares his creative journey that involves music and art. Ian goes into detail about his tools and his approach to creating. They explore his recent works and talk about his current course on watercolor.…
 
Mike brings some snow and talks about Nomad Sculpt for iPadOS. Stephanie Darlene Greenwald joins the podcast to talk about how she recently rediscovered her art again after spending two decades as a graphic designer. She shares her expertise as an artist/illustrator as well as a businesswoman and a single parent. She talks about how she creates, wh…
 
Mike talks about his recent mushroom ink piece and shares a view into his pencil case. Mike is then joined by Stephen Silver to talk about the creative journey that has allowed him to work at Disney, Nickelodeon, and many others. Stephen shares what inspires him and how he arrived at the point of being an artist as well as a teacher. He talks about…
 
Mike takes an episode to reflect on being a creative over the last couple of months. He explores some of the challenges we experience and considers how to build a recipe for recovery for your creative practice. He then answers questions about creating mushroom ink and then painting with it and ends with what a short shutdown of Facebook and Instagr…
 
Mike talks about a very special crossover episode of this podcast. He also talks about Inktober and an NFT drop. Bethan Burton, artist and host of the “Journaling with Nature” joins the show to talk about capturing and documenting the world around us. She talks about fine-tuning your senses and using intentional curiosity to find the hidden secrets…
 
Mike talks about some recent work, podcast starter packs, and Inktober plans. Artist and writer Glendon Mellow joins the podcast to talk about scientific illustration also know as #sciart. He talks about his journey from a fine art degree, to retail and then writing for Scientific American. Mike and Glendon talk about the tools of the trade and how…
 
Mike completes another page in his nature journal, visits a local historic site and talks about prompts like #sciartseptember and Inktober. Artist and teacher Gayle Kabaker joins the podcast to talk about her creative journey from fashion illustrator to portraiture and cover design. She recently complete her seventh cover for The New Yorker Magazin…
 
Mike prepares some starter packs for those interested in a list of curated episodes around certain topics. He also shares a strategy in how to share your work. Alvin Chong joins the podcast to talk about his beginnings and his journey from creativity and back again. Alvin talks about his art, his tattoo business and, how the lockdown opened up new …
 
Mike gets a little too close to a possessed 1936 Dodge and draws some more insects. Wildlife artist Sophie Green joins the podcast to talk about her creative journey from teacher to an accomplished and successful artist. Sophie talks about her recent pieces from elephants, to bisons, penguins and whale sharks. Sophie donates a percentage of her inc…
 
Mike has had some recent success in exploring nature journaling. He shares his tools, techniques, and some tips along the way. He also talks about some of his recent nature illustration pieces. Jo Brown (@bernoid on Twitter, @taojb on Instagram) – Episodes 13 and Episode 40 Secrets of a Devon Wood Unsplash Pixabay Daniel Smith Watercolor Water brus…
 
Mike continues his work with watercolor by painting a tractor and some bees and then he draws some rocks. France Van Stone then joins the podcast to share her creative journey. France has been able to carry her passion for art through her life while working full-time as a French teacher. She talks about the influence of living near a large car manu…
 
Mike reflects on the last few interviews and the year to date. He talks about his recent foray into watercolor with more detail around some recent pieces as well as his toolkit. It’s also time for a creative check-in to consider what is important and whether you are on the right track. He also talks about finding art time within the nooks and crann…
 
Mike works with a new online drawing tool and plays with watercolor, again 🙂 Sam Gillett then joins the podcast as an early-career artist to share his journey so far. Sam has been drawing for some time but only recently started sharing his work online as well as opening his Etsy store. Sam and Mike discuss the power of observation and his inspirati…
 
Mike talks about an online collaborative tool for digital art as well as a couple of graphite pieces. Scott Christian Sava joins the podcast to talk about his journey and fulfilling his dream to work on Spider-Man. He then talks about his Netflix movie, “Animal Crackers”. They explore Scott’s daily painting practice on TikTok. Scott shares how he d…
 
Mike talks about some his recent works and morel mushrooms. Samantha Dion Baker then joins the podcast to talk about her evolving art practice from graphic design to illustration and author. She share her journey that has resulted in volumes of sketchbooks in her house. She talks about about her process, tools and approaches for creating wonderful …
 
Mike talks about some colored pencil pieces and future plans. Artist and author Kimberly Brooks joins the podcast to talk about her journey and her new book, “The New Oil Painting”. They talk about her beginnings and how she took control of her own journey. She talks about color versus line for all artists and not being precious about your work. Ca…
 
Mike follows up on some UFOs and shares some thoughts on his current art pieces. Mike is then joined by artist Sunaina Buckshey to talk about her creative journey. As a recent graduate of the London School of Arts with an MFA, Sunaina shares her thoughts on art degrees. She then talks about her exploration of pigments and how 28,000-year-old cave p…
 
Liza Donnelly joins Mike on this episode to talk about her creative journey in becoming a cartoonist for the New Yorker, Medium, Cosmopolitan, and so many other publications. She talks about her mindset, tools and what it takes to become a successful cartoonist by sharing her stories and experiences along the way. Liza’s drive to make people happy …
 
Mike shares a story about connections. Eric Messinger then joins the podcast to talk about his incredible charcoal and graphite fantasy art. Eric has a unique style and approach using abstract use of charcoal in prepping the paper for his characters to visit. He goes through his process and then Mike and Eric have a great discussion about paper and…
 
Marek Badzynski joins the podcast to talk about his journey from Poland to Canada and architect to urban sketcher. Marek talks about his early days in Europe and how urban sketching saved him from a police incident. He then discusses his approach to using fountain pens with the fude nib as well as water-soluble graphite. He also addresses how to se…
 
Myriam Tillson makes a return to the podcast to talk about her daily doodle exercise. Mike and Myriam then take a deep dive on a few of her pieces to explore the impact they have had on her as well as others. Myriam talks about a recent post on TikTok and why she will be doing more of them. They then discuss her YouTube channel and the impact Patre…
 
Mike shares a new promo from a friend of the show and also talks about his first newsletter edition involving dinosaurs. Mike is joined by Kina Forney who talks about her creative journey and how a fine arts degree with a focus on computation arts helps to shape her early work. Kina talks about her incredible jellyfish and nebula work and why the c…
 
Mike opens his online shop and talks about a couple of challenges. Mike then welcomes artist and teacher Sarah Marie Lacy to the podcast to talk about her journey from Canada to France and back as a formally trained artist. Sarah discusses her early beginnings and how the discovery of a piece in a coffee table book written by a nun brought her to a…
 
Mike gets close to launching the newsletter and his first shop. He also received some new pencils and a wonderful new tool. Michael Relth then joins the podcast to talk about his journey from art school to writing and illustrating his first book. Michael talks about the need to make a positive impact with his art and how critical it is to have a ci…
 
Mike spends some time with colored pencils. He then reflects on 2020 and talks about his theme for 2021. Jake Parker joins the podcast to share his creative journey from his early inspiration to animation, books, and of course Inktober. Jake talks about his style and looking in the rearview mirror. He also shares his experience and business advice …
 
Mike works on getting ready for the holidays but does have a chance to finish a graphite piece. The wonderful Andy J. Pizza visits the podcast to talk about his journey and the impact of ADHD on becoming a successful creative speaker, illustrator and educator. Mike and Andy chat about the impact of social media on creativity, success and wellness. …
 
Mike gets down to some graphite pieces with the new Pentel Canada Orenz Nero. Mike is then joined by Andrea Ross who talks about her journey from software developer and podcaster before a diagnosis of cancer changed her life. She talks about creating the idea of drawing something positive everyday which she calls “gruntling”. Approaching 1000 drawi…
 
Mike welcomes graphite back in his life and makes some Patreon changes. He also talks about doing some more live draws and has new products to test. Jo Brown then joins the podcast to talk about her new book which is based on her nature journal. She also shares her experience in drawing on a fibreglass otter in support Dartmoor National Park. They …
 
Mike talks about what’s on his reading list and the value of Patreon with some changes to come. Mike then reflects on his Inktober experience and reviews some of the successes and challenges he had along the way. He also talks about what’s coming next. Show Notes Patreon Braving the Wilderness - Brené Brown Brené Brown Podacsts Storyworthy - Matthe…
 
Mike continues his Inktober project and talks about his workflow and a few of the prompts. Mike shares a couple of books and then explores a video to help your coffee house sketching. Cornelia Hernes joins the podcast to talk about her journey in pursuing her lifelong passion. She speaks to the melody in art and developing your artistic vocabulary.…
 
Mike begins Inktober and talks about his first four days. He is then joined by artist Sarah Burns from the picturesque highlands of Scotland to talk about her creative journey. Sarah shares her experiences in oil, pencil and watercolour and how the iPad has become a key component of her artist kit. Sarah and Mike discuss her online presence and wha…
 
Mike reflects on the work from a previous guest, LightBox Expo, and the upcoming release Procreate 5X. Mike then explores the controversy around Inktober and how to remain focussed on your ultimate goal. He then reflects on 2020 and how to remain strong, sensitive, healthy, and creative. Show notes Patreon New Patron-> art_of_jamie_conklin Procreat…
 
Mike takes a staycation and was able to finish the grasshopper, begins a butterfly and spots a stoat. He talks about the upcoming LightBox Expo and some work Max Ulichney has released. He then talks about his plans for Inktober and the role creative writing has in his art life. ===== Show notes ===== Grasshopper Comma butterfly Scott Maier (Episode…
 
Mike does more work with his pond inspired graphite pieces with a toad, dragonfly and grasshopper. Patreon is around the corner as well as a new video course. Mike is then joined by Jill Quinn Babcock to talk about her art journey which is filled with a mix of intention, passion and happy accidents. She talks about her early days with pastels and t…
 
Mike finished some more graphite work with a focus on depth and reflection. He then tries some plein air painting on the water without falling overboard. Rob McCallum is back to talk about the impact the pandemic has had on his role as a storyboard and concept artist in addition to some of his recent work including season 3 of Star Trek Discovery (…
 
Mike reflects on a recent rejection and then looks forward to a couple of creative projects later this year. He talks about his new pencil, holder and sharpener. Mike spends some time exploring some local trails for plein air settings and shares a local UFO story that leads to some art. He ends the show by highlighting some artists on Instagram tha…
 
Mike finishes a commission and does a little urban sketching. He then picks up an etch-a-sketch for the 60th anniversary of the device. Mike is then joined by artist and YouTuber Scott Maier. Scott has a formal BFA and MFA and has been teaching and creating art for a couple of decades. He has recently been doing live YouTube drawing tutorials since…
 
Mike receives support for episode 29 and finds focus and challenges in some recent pieces and some new tools. Mike is then joined by Matthew Burrows who talks about his career as an artist, teacher, and mentor. Matthew talks about art as a gift as well as trust and generosity with his new initiative #artistsupportpledge. Matthew discusses the posit…
 
In this reflection episode, Mike talks about the recent events around racism and police brutality and where we go from here. He then reflects on the challenges in trying to be creative through these difficult times having had some rather unproductive weeks. Finally, Mike is opening a shop, or make that two. ===== LINKS FROM THE SHOW ===== Black Liv…
 
Mike finishes a nuthatch and is overwhelmed with the response. He connects some art supplies with people who need it and then shares the artwork of some local students. Mike is then joined by The Pen Addict, Brad Dowdy, who shares his journey from drawing tiny things to following his passion by starting a blog, a few businesses, and becoming a podc…
 
It’s been a challenging few weeks with the pandemic but Mike was still able to make art a priority in drawing some animals, dinosaurs, and humans. Mike is then joined by the talented Max Ulichney to talk about his creative journey. Having worked at the same company for 14 years, Max has left to join Netflix for an exciting new project. Max also tal…
 
Episode 26 - First Anniversary and the Year in Review Description: Mike reflects on the podcast on the its one year anniversary. Mike talks about what he has learned from the numerous guests on the show with a focus on tools, techniques, sharing your art, business and of course inspiration and motivation. This is has been a very special year and it…
 
Mike receives a wonderful gift from a neighbour and does more live drawings. He also updates his online portfolio and talks about his tools and process on another podcast. He is then joined by world-renowned urban sketcher Ian Fennelly who talks about his experience as teacher and artist. He talks about his journey, his tools and his process highli…
 
Mike talks about creating in place, live draws, a couple of recent pieces and the challenges of the pandemic. Mike is then joined by modern master Cesar Santos to talk about the journey that took him from Cuba to the USA and then to Italy to pursue his passion. His skill and experience as an artist are matched with his strength in being an excellen…
 
Mike touches on COVID-19 and the impact on creatives. Mike also does some live drawing on Instagram and an interesting collaboration with an entomologist. Mike is then joined by the artist Jennifer L. Meyer who took a few minutes from her very busy schedule to talk about her career in illustration. She talks about her journey in becoming an illustr…
 
Mike receives his Sketchnote Ideabook from the kickstarter and talks about a couple of recent drawings. Mike is then joined by artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon to talk about her creative journey. They talk about pivoting to a creative pursuit later in life and her latest book “Find Your Artistic Voice”. They also talk about Lisa’s sabbat…
 
Mike visits a museum and art gallery to do some sketching. Mike is then joined by artist and tech YouTuber Brad Colbow to talk hardware and software for creative professionals. Brad shares his journey to success from a young artist to graphic designer and web developer to a top YouTube reviewer for creatives. They talk about the current state of te…
 
Mike looks back on the five year old version of himself, explores some human anatomy as well as more nature with graphite. Naturalist and artist Robert Bateman then joins Mike to talk about his art career that has spanned nearly eight decades. They talk about his move from abstract to realism, discuss some of his pieces, explore some art tips and o…
 
Mike reviews some of his recent pieces and talks about challenging yourself and being comfortable with the result. He then answers questions from listeners covering his mobile podcast setup, his most creative recent piece, water-soluble graphite, printmaking, his current drawing kit, and his day job. ===== LINKS FROM THE SHOW ===== Weekly Inktober …
 
Mike finishes a watercolor piece with new brushes as well as some sketches, including a very special one for Australia. Mike is then joined by artist, writer, and illustrator James Gurney to talk art, dinosaurs, and inspiration. James brings us along on his artistic journey as he highlights the artists and the books that have shaped him. This episo…
 
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