To be honest, I never listened to podcasts prior to 2020. I had a very jaded perception that all podcasts were drawn out news segments droning on about the end of the world, fear and conspiracies.
Eventually, I came to realize that most podcasts do not fit these conditions and wish I had given podcast listening a go sooner.
Like the rest of you, I have been feeling uninspired, drained, and antsy. I needed something to help me get out of the current climate and into a more focused and positive way of thinking.
Thus, I decided to explore the world of podcasts, art focused ones to be exact.
I’m glad I did because I now understand why so many others do the same; it’s honest, motivating and changes your perspective on the world around you.
So, here are the five best art podcasts you need to listen to put you into a creative headspace.
So, I’m going to be a bit biased here and say that this podcast was my saving grace this past year. Art Juice was the first art podcast I discovered, and I binged various episodes for weeks during shutdown.
I finally felt like I had found something that gave me that “fix” I so desperately needed to fuel my desire to create.
From talking about difficult topics like depression and imposter syndrome, dealing with challenges of the pandemic and family life, to advice on marketing and selling your work, I can honestly say they help you feel less alone as an artist.
Creative spaces don’t have enough open conversations about the artist’s struggle.
We all share technical ways to get better through tips, critiques, tutorials, and advice, but we almost never share or know ways to get over the mental hurdles that can stunt our creative growth.
It felt validating to hear successful artists say that it’s normal to experience states of dread while creating and tips to overcome such feelings.
As artists we can show our process and try to explain the struggles we go through, but most people just won’t understand or want to understand what actually goes into making our work. Those feelings can make you feel alone and isolated, they definitely suffocated me for quite some time.
Art Juice grounded me in a way that not only helped me understand what I was feeling, but why and ways to cope so my creative energy wasn’t blocked out.
Louise’s and Alice’s experience filled conversations became the final push I needed to get out of my shell and embrace who I am creatively. I highly recommend tuning in on Tuesdays, they’re so motivating to work to!
The Draftsmen Podcast
This is a very educational art podcast as it focuses more on the technical application and skill of creation in the art field.
Topics range from social media, art techniques, marketing and business strategies, portfolio tips, networking, basic art fundamentals, art book reviews and even paraphernalia as a way to inhibit or express creative energy.
While the episodes can be much longer than a typical podcast, it’s a great way to stay focused for a few hours while working on an art project. Their discourse about certain art principles and theories help me stay on track with my goals as an artist.
I particularly enjoy the episodes that challenge my own practice and creative viewpoints. In fact, I find their educational focused episodes to be a wonderful resource I often fall back on when I become frustrated or lost while working.
Even though they’re technically teachers themselves and offer art lessons on separate platforms, they constantly challenge the status quo of our current educational structure. As someone who found flaws in their art school experience, I appreciate that they implement more malleable ways of teaching to fit the needs of students and artists of all backgrounds.
Stan and Marshall are incredibly well spoken and humbling, so you won’t be left feeling bored or irritated while listening to hour plus long episodes.
I highly recommend giving the Draftsman podcast a listen while you’re working on a long term project.
The Savvy Painter Podcast
Antrese Wood also has a very well balanced art podcast. The show consists of a nice mixture of different interviews from artists of all backgrounds and her own dialogue about challenges we all face as artists such as, perfectionism, planning, ego, art block, failure, and more.
The podcast as a whole is quite positive and focuses on the mental blockades that can get in the way of creating.
When you change your way of thinking and create from a loving and nurturing place as opposed to one of hate and condemnation, you can expect more fluid results.
I love the advice and thoughtfulness in each episode. I have learned a lot from this show, and utilize Antrese’s positive thinking and mindset to navigate through my own set of challenges while working.
In fact, she’s influenced the way I view my art, think and talk about it. My relationship with the creative process has always been a rocky one; I have always liked making art, but I would fight it along the way because I’d become fixated on negative thoughts that never actually served me during the practice.
It’s pretty amazing the things one can get done once they change their mindset.
Antrese also does a wonderful job of using her platform to allow voices from various underprivileged communities to be heard. It’s definitely inspiring to hear how many artists who come from a place of disadvantage use that as a form of fuel that powers their creativity.
If you’re looking for a variety of content to consume or a bit of a pick me up when you’re stuck in a mental rut, give the Savvy Painter Podcast a try!
The Laura Horn Art Podcast
I actually found this podcast through the recommendation of Art Juice. The Laura Horn Art Podcast mainly focuses on the business aspects of art, which is great if you’re looking to pursue an independent career in an art field.
Laura Horn and her husband, Richie, have a very sweet and down-to-earth energy in each episode. Laura’s inviting voice will help you stay calm while working, and her real life tips will surely spark ideas to implement into your own creative process or art business.
Both Laura and Richie came from typical corporate jobs, only to find desire to build their own creative business. Together they help each other grow and provide a balanced plan for listeners to take note of.
I always find it inspiring to hear the success stories of those who ventured off to do their own thing.
Additionally, the guest speakers that have been on this show focus on career tips, strategies and advice. Laura and Richie are Australia based creatives, but they host artists from all over the world.
The episodes in this podcast are much shorter than the ones I’ve mentioned earlier, but that doesn’t make them less valuable. Give this art podcast a try when you’re short on time, but still need a creative fix.
This is a very casual and rather millennial take on the modern art world. I actually discovered this art podcast through an old college acquaintance, and am happy to add it to my list of shows I regularly listen to during the week.
Their discussions constantly challenge what it means to be an artist, and battle the stigmas surrounding procrastination, failure and mental health.
It can honestly feel discouraging when you’re not able to make the same sacrifices as those around you in the creative field, and you can feel even more out of the loop when you aren’t doing what everyone else is currently doing.
Luckily, the narrative in this show focuses on how art shouldn’t be your entire life, that the starving artist archetype is unhealthy, and it’s okay to take a break for your mental health’s sake.
Hearing this type of balanced thinking gives me the energy to keep going in my creative endeavors, and I can honestly say that I create much more frequently and better when I’m stable in other aspects of my life.
This podcast also embraces our unique oddities, rather than pushing ways to mold artists into what the current status quo expects of us.
Caro’s own experience with facing shame for her often creepy and monster like illustrations spoke to me on a very personal level. I too know what it feels like to present my work and feel the dismissal of those who believe it isn’t good or “true art”.
As artists, we shouldn’t be trying to fit the mold or feeling shame for creating what we want, nor should we feel obligated to provide some definite or political meaning behind what we make.
Maybe our art just is.
Additionally, their experiences through art school feel incredibly similar to my own, the dread, art block, failures, sleepless nights, etc. are all unfortunately a part of art school. These feelings are normal, and while I believe they shouldn’t be normalized in education, Caro and Garrett do an excellent job on how to unlearn the negative habits you can pick up in art school.
I wish I had something like this to listen to while in school, it would have definitely helped me understand the space I was in a bit better and I certainly would have taken self care a lot more seriously.
A forewarning though, if you plan to give Brainstorm! a listen there is a lot of vulgarity and adult language in it, so I don’t advise listening to it around children or in public. Personally, I find this just makes the show more genuine and raw, but I know it isn’t for everyone!
So, there you have it. The five best art podcasts I recommend to help put you in a creative headspace. You can listen to the aforementioned shows on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you currently listen to podcasts.
Do you have any creative or art focused podcasts you listen to? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
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Happy creating everyone!