Thursday, September 30, 2010

Episode 81--Children's Illustrator, Donna Berger. Plus a bonus podcast!

In episode 81 Socar, Drew, and Jeremy sit down to an interview with children's illustrator, Donna Berger.
Donna has illustrated numerous children's books and shares her work and experiences with us.

We apologize for missing last week's release, but our fearless editor was sick as a hell hound ( we can't just say "dog" around here---we're fantasy artists).
We hope you enjoy the discussion!

Also this week, we have an additional short podcast for you to listen to. Jeremy is the current president of the NH Creative Club and recently had the opportunity to interview a networking guru on the joys of person-to-person networking.
Have a listen and polish your interpersonal skills as you prepare to press the flesh at your next convention!
Here's the link:

Make sure to subscribe to the Ninja Mountain Podcast on iTunes or we will send Jeremy over to your home to cough on you!

Next week Patrick, Drew, Socar, and Jeremy sit down to talk about the future of digital publishing, and royalty deals...

Donna Berger

Picturebook Directory of Children's Illustration



Friday, September 17, 2010

Episode 80---Motivation, Mentors, and Money...

This week, Socar and Jeremy join up to discuss a listener question from Stuart Hatt regarding motivation and the role of family and friends in getting past the challenges of painting.
This leads into discussion of Jon Schindehette's recent Art Order Blog post regarding mentoring.
Later, the dynamic duo discuss that most frustrating creature of all--the flaky artist---only this one took the money and ran!

We hope you enjoy the show!

Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes or we will send Jeremy over to throw spaghetti at your drawing board!

A link to the article we discussed today...
Art Order's talk about Mentorship

A question for publishers--Have you encountered an artist that left you high and dry? How did you deal with the situation?
Do you have a mentor? What impact have they had on your life?
Are you a mentor to someone?
How do you stay motivated in the studio and how do family and friends help you get over the bumps in the road?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Episode 79---Intimidating Dragons! It's what we do...!

Episode 79 is here and, with it, a fair-sized collection of Ninjas and friends gather.
Drew, Eric, Patrick, Chandra Free, and Jeremy discuss Dragon Con, and a host of other topics that followed the meandering path of this week's conversation.
We also take a question from artist, Brian Bowes.
Thanks, Brian!

Be sure to subscribe to the Ninja Mountain Podcast on iTunes or we will tell Chandra that you mispronounced her name.
Jeremy did it once and he continues to walk with a limp and now has a phobia of pickle spears...

Links of note...
Chandra Free
The God Machine Graphic Novel
Starkweather Immortal
SideBar Nation
New York Comicon
Mega Con
Illo Deli
Brian Bowes

For other great podcasts, go to the Visual Artists Podcast Network!

Were you at Dragon Con? Let us know how it went!
Have you ever dealt with the those feelings of intimidation when viewing the work of your fellow artists? How do you overcome it?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Episode 78--Drew and Jeremy catch up with copyright , board games, and extensions...

In this week's installment, Drew and Jeremy kick back and chat over hot topics of the day.
Copyright and fandom
Board game slavery
Extensions ( for deadlines...not your bangs)
And anything else that occurred to them as they carried the weight of this week's episode on their brittle backs.

Subscribe to The Ninja Mountain Podcast or we'll turn your entire on-line portfolio into free wallpapers for folks to download! Yes--even the quarter-pagers featuring headshots of goblins!!

Check out other great shows at The Visual Artist Podcast Network!

Names we shamelessly dropped this week--
Joseph Acone ( no link---I just put this here to shame the poor man...)
Heather Kreiter
Piya Wannachaiwong ( He solved the URL challenge quite handily)
Franz Vohwinkel

Questions to listeners--
What is your policy on fan requests to post your work to the net?
How have you dealt with infringement of that sort?
Have you taken steps to make infringement difficult on the web?
Are you headed for DragonCon? Share your experiences with your fellow artists.