CIP053: Ben the Illustrator on Isolation + Illustration

In this week’s episode of the Creative Introvert podcast I talk to Ben O’Brien (aka Ben the Illustrator.) Ben likely needs no introduction especially if you’re a fellow illustrator – and even if you’re not – there’s a good chance you’ve seen his work, whether it was in the Guardian, GQ or for one of […]

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CIP052: Does Routine Kill Creativity?

Caveat: I’m a bit biased with this, as an INTJ. That basically means… I love me some routine. I love dreaming up routines, I love planning routines, I love doing routines. But… I haven’t always been this way – at least, not consciously. When I worked a 9–5 job in a design agency, I couldn’t […]

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The Year of Fun #10: Go to a Museum

  If you read the title, you’ll know already that I did not uphold my planned fun activity this week which was to go to a car boot sale. Unfortunately the British springtime weather just didn’t seem appropriate for a wander around parked cars on the 9th floor of a car park. So I did […]

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CIP051: Joe Moran on Shyness

In this week’s episode of the Creative Introvert podcast I talk to Joe Moran, historian of the everyday, about his book on shyness, ‘Shrinking Violets.’ I was a bit surprised to find this is nothing like the self-help books I normally find myself reading, and more of a history/biography/celebration of shyness and I found myself […]

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The Year of Fun #9: The Orchestra

By far the classiest, most cultured edition of the Year of Fun so far – I went to see (and hear) the orchestra! I’ve only been to the orchestra once before: the result of a spare ticket needing a taker, and I took it. Honestly, the first time: I wasn’t super excited. I like live […]

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CIP050: 3 Emails You Can Send to Get Clients

Recently, we’ve been talking about the joys – OK less so the joys – but at least the usefulness of email when it comes to getting anything from press, more work, better clients – all the things. But… you may be a bit stuck on what to email. You might not have any specific clients […]

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The Year of Fun #8: Scratch Art

Nearly two months into the Year of Fun and as far as I’m concerned, this has definitely made what are normally pretty hellish months… actually quite fun. This week’s Fun activity was a callback to my childhood: Scratch Art. I didn’t have a name for this as a kiddo, but I do remember the confusion […]

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CIP049: Jessica Serran on Becoming An Artist

In this week’s episode of the Creative Introvert podcast I talk to Jessica Serran, Visual Artist and the leader of the Becoming Artist Movement. Born in Ontario, Canada, Jessica holds an MA in Transformative Art from JFK University and a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. When not in her […]

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The Year of Fun #7: Improv

In theory, we improvise every day or at least the days when we talk to people. We listen, sometimes better than others, and respond accordingly. So why on earth is improv – or improvisation theatre – so bloody terrifying?   I know people like to throw around statistical nuggets like ‘fear of death is second […]

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