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Illo Chat: Illustration Podcast

Illo Chat: Illustration Podcast

By Olga Herrera & Sunny Duran

Illo Chat is a podcast for illustrators working in the children's book industry. Creative, funny and full of information on how to write, illustrate, and publish picture books and how to become a professional illustrator. Women illustrators, Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran, teach about the publishing industry and the behind the scenes work that goes into book design and illustration. Kidlit discussions and insights for artist and creatives.
WEBSITE: www.illochat.com
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EP 23 Interview with Jonathan Roth and Paulina Suarez
EP 23 Interview with Jonathan Roth and Paulina Suarez
In this episode we chat with Jonathan Roth, author and illustrator of the graphic novel Rover and Speck, this Planet Rocks and his colorist Paulina Suarez. We talk about his inspiration and process for the book and what it was like working with a colorist. Thanks for listening. Cover art by Olga Herrera Jonathan Roth: beepandbob.com/books/rover-and-speck/ Paulina Suarez: paulinasuarez.com/ ILLO CHAT ILLUSTRATION COMMUNITY (JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP): facebook.com/groups/423218296121427 OUR WEBSITE: illochat.com Watch the video: youtu.be/QKQCEhcVxpE ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran: sunnyduran.com Olga Herrera: olgaherrera.me
01:15:36
November 20, 2022
EP 22 Picture Book Specs
EP 22 Picture Book Specs
In episode 22 Olga and Sunny break down all the parts and pieces of a picture book.  From trim size and bleed to end papers and gutters they cover it all. Thanks for listening.  Cover art by Olga Herrera Books we discuss: New in Town by Kevin Cornell Lannie Rea’s Marvelous Hair by Yesenia Rodriguez, illustrated by Sunny Duran Oak Leaf by John Sanford The Crystal Beads by Pat Black-Gould, illustrated by Katya Royz It Fell from the Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan A Bear Somewhere by Jodi Kelly, illustrated by Sunny Duran Creature of Habit by Jennifer E. Smith, illustrated by Leo Espinoza The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen Bear Came Along Richard T Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Pham I’m Sticking With you by Smriti Halls illustrated by Steve Small ILLO CHAT ILLUSTRATION COMMUNITY (JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP):  https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427  OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/  Watch the video: https://youtu.be/QKQCEhcVxpE  ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/  Olga Herrera https://www.olgaherrera.me/
01:00:58
October 25, 2022
EP 21 Picture Book Dummies
EP 21 Picture Book Dummies
In episode 21 Olga and Sunny take a deep dive into picture book dummies. They talk about what a dummy is, when you need one and how to plan it out with a storyboard. They also show examples of their own storyboards and examples of their past dummies. Thanks for listening. ILLO CHAT ILLUSTRATION COMMUNITY (JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP): https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427 OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/QKQCEhcVxpE ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
01:28:06
September 26, 2022
EP 20 Best Advice
EP 20 Best Advice
In episode 20 Olga and Sunny discuss the worst and best advice that they've been given as author/illustrators. How they have dealt with bad advice and how they have put good advice to use. Thanks for listening. ILLO CHAT ILLUSTRATION COMMUNITY (JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP): https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427 OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/QKQCEhcVxpE ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
43:02
August 21, 2022
EP 19 Style
EP 19 Style
In episode 19 Olga and Sunny discuss illustration style. How it's a journey and not a destination. They talk about how their styles have evolved over time and how to identify if it's your style or if it's a mistake you keep repeating. Make sure you stick around until the end where they talk about sketchbooks.  Mentions: Faith Pray and her wonderful sketchbook look book https://www.instagram.com/reel/CfHiKmsrVk5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link ILLO CHAT ILLUSTRATION COMMUNITY (JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP): https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427 OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/1Qz89X1U_mU ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
45:51
July 25, 2022
EP 18 Illustration Community
EP 18 Illustration Community
In episode 18 Olga and Sunny announce their new facebook group for Illo Chat listeners the Illo Chat Illustration Community.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427  They talk about how to manage and set up a critique group and how listeners will be able to find critique partners, network and participate in live critiques in their new facebook group.  Thanks for listening. ILLO CHAT ILLUSTRATION COMMUNITY (JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP): https://www.facebook.com/groups/423218296121427 OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
44:10
June 27, 2022
Ep 17 FAQ's
Ep 17 FAQ's
In episode 17 Olga and Sunny talk about about some frequently asked questions. They discuss their response when people ask them to recommend an illustrator for their book or project. What to do if your an author illustrator and only your manuscript gets accepted and why you don't have to participate in illustration challenges. Thanks for listening. OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
47:33
May 30, 2022
Ep 16 Children's Book Categories
Ep 16 Children's Book Categories
In episode 16 Olga and Sunny discuss children's book categories. What are the specs for each, the target audience and they show a few examples of their favorites. To see the books discussed in this episode you can watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/38gKjmI1Mow Thanks for listening.   Books we discuss  BOARD BOOKS:  The Mitten by Jan Brett Guess How Much I Love you by Sam McBratney illustrated by Anita Jeram  The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister  Bath! Bath! Bath! by Douglas Florian, Illustrated by Christiane Engel  First 100 words In English and Spanish by Ana Godinez  PICTURE BOOKS:  When Pencil Met Eraser by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, JR., illustrated by German Blanco  Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman  Oak Leaf by John Sandford  Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan  New In Town by Kevin Cornell  The Pop-up Book of Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen  EARLY READERS  A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey  Clifford Makes The Team (Level 1) Norman Bridwell  Moo Dog (Level 1) by David Milgrim  Ninja In the Kitchen: Moby Shinobi (Level 1) by Luke Flowers   EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS:  Didi Dodo Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Jared Chapman  Kitty Tales: Nerma and Blueberry’s Staycation by Ariana B. Farina, illustrated by Sunny Duran  The Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate  Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca and later AG Ford  Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall  Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus  CHAPTER BOOKS:  Mary poppins in the park by P.L. Travers 2016 Edition  GRAPHIC NOVELS:  A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, Adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson  Sisters by Raina Telgemeier  The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag  A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted  MIDDLE GRADE:  The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan  Beyonders series by Brandon Mull  The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix  YA: Thunder Head by Neal Shusterman  OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU  ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/  Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
01:21:25
May 01, 2022
Ep 15 When your Muse Goes on Vacation
Ep 15 When your Muse Goes on Vacation
In episode 15 Olga and Sunny talk about about when your muse goes on vacation. Cuando la Musa se te va de vacaciones. How to recognize if you have art block and possible things you can do to work through it. Thanks for listening. LINKS:  Neil Gaiman University of the Arts commencement speech clip (Make Good Art): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OwRUyZMKwI   Waterproof notepad: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LID8V54/ref=cm_sw_r_fm_api_i_CXTRFCB5EBQG769GGXRX OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/5uRvSHNgBsU ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
55:59
April 03, 2022
Ep 14 Pivot
Ep 14 Pivot
In episode 14 Olga and Sunny talk about what to do when things don't go as planned. How you can pick up the pieces, pivot and make the best of things.  Thanks for listening. LINKS: Women in Publishing Summit: https://womeninpublishingsummit.com/ SCBWI Regional Conference: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/2022-mddewv-regional-conference-all-together-now/ OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/4UunlCuh6SE ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
59:35
March 07, 2022
Ep 13 Conference Plans
Ep 13 Conference Plans
In episode 13 Olga and Sunny talk about they're plans for the new year. They also discuss how to plan for a conference. Please excuse the quality of the audio in this episode. Olga had some technical difficulties. Thanks for listening. LINKS: Women in Publishing Summit: https://womeninpublishingsummit.com/ Elisabeth Craster: https://www.elisabethcraster.com/ La Cometa: https: //spain.scbwi.org/la-cometa/ SCBWI Regional Conference: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/2022-mddewv-regional-conference-all-together-now/ OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/4UunlCuh6SE ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
58:30
February 07, 2022
Ep 12 You are an Artist
Ep 12 You are an Artist
In episode 12 Olga and Sunny talk about if you are hesitant to call yourself an artist you are not alone. Join us on this raw and real talk about how we finally arrived at the point when we could say I am an Artist. Thanks for listening. SCBWI Creative Coaching/ Mentorship program: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/creative-coaching-groups-a-6-month-mentorship-program-3/ OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/4UunlCuh6SE ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
01:19:40
December 13, 2021
Ep 11 Part 2 Self Publishing
Ep 11 Part 2 Self Publishing
In episode 11 part 2 Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about how to work with self publishing authors when they ask you to illustrate their book. In this episode they discuss contracts with self publishing authors. Why you need one and what you should cover in your contract. Thanks for listening. OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/29FHkGoIibE ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
46:47
November 19, 2021
Ep 11 Part 1 Self Publishing
Ep 11 Part 1 Self Publishing
In episode 11 part 1 Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about how to work with self publishing authors when they ask you to illustrate their book. They discuss the information you should get and the information you should give to the author before agreeing to illustrate their book. Thanks for listening. OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/z9GjN3_YsqM ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
37:57
November 19, 2021
Ep 10 Part 2 Let's Talk about Agents!
Ep 10 Part 2 Let's Talk about Agents!
In episode 10 part 2 Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about red flags to look for, how to submit to agents and how to query a literary agent. They also discuss Twitter pitches, how to look for agents and what questions to ask when you get "the call" from an agent. Thanks for listening. Links we discuss in this episode: Query Tracker Twitter pitch party calendar 2021 Publishers Weekly Sub it Club Manuscript Wish List OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/piTx44xeLpw ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
01:01:57
October 24, 2021
Ep 10 Part 1 Let's talk about Agents!
Ep 10 Part 1 Let's talk about Agents!
In episode 10 part 1 Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about the different types of agents. What an agent does for children's book authors and illustrators and why you need one. Thanks for listening. OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ Watch the video: https://youtu.be/piTx44xeLpw ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
53:11
October 18, 2021
Ep 9 FAQ
Ep 9 FAQ
In episode 9 Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran answer some frequently asked questions about life as an illustrator. They cover what to do after you join SCBWI. How to go from traditional to digital illustration. How they balance their time between family and an art career. Thanks for listening. Links we discuss in the podcast: SCBWI: https://www.scbwi.org/ OUR WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/  Watch the video: https://youtu.be/1BfIiW0CzDc  ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
01:24:34
September 27, 2021
EP 8 Part 2 How to Find Work and Promote yourself as an Illustrator
EP 8 Part 2 How to Find Work and Promote yourself as an Illustrator
In Part 2 Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about ways to find work as a children's book illustrator. They cover how to promote yourself online. How to navigate freelance job websites as an illustrator. They also talk a little bit about the different types of agents and how to find submit to one. There was a lot to cover and the episode ran long so we broke this up into two parts. Part 1 was released previously where we discussed multiple income streams. Thanks for listening. Links we discuss in the podcast:  ILLUSTRATOR DIRECTORIES: Behance: https://www.behance.net/ Children's Illustrators: https://childrensillustrators.com/ Hire and Illustrator: https://www.hireanillustrator.com/ Directory of Illustration: https://www.directoryofillustration.com/    FREELANCE JOB WEBSITES: Reedsy: https://reedsy.com/ Guru: https://www.guru.com/ Upwork: https://www.upwork.com/ Twine: https://www.twine.net/ WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/  ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/  Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
49:01
September 06, 2021
EP 8 Part 1 How to Find Work and Promote yourself as an Illustrator
EP 8 Part 1 How to Find Work and Promote yourself as an Illustrator
In Part 1 Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about ways to generate income as a children's book illustrator. They cover multiple income streams and how to promote yourself online. There was a lot to cover and the episode ran long so we broke this up into two parts. Part 2 will release later and continue our discussion about where to promote yourself and where to find work. Thanks for listening. Links we discuss in the podcast:  PLACES YOU CAN SELL your work or products: Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/ Society6: https://society6.com/ Zazzle: https://www.zazzle.com/ Teespring: https://teespring.com/ Spoonflower: https://www.spoonflower.com/ Shopify: https://www.shopify.com/ Creative Market: https://creativemarket.com/ Design Cuts: https://www.designcuts.com/ Design Bundles: https://designbundles.net/  PLACES TO SELL YOUR SERVICES or give classes: Domestika: https://www.domestika.org/en Skill Share: https://www.skillshare.com/  PLACES YOU CAN APPLY AS A SPEAKER : Maryland Writers Association: https://marylandwriters.org/ Women in Publishing: https://womeninpublishingsummit.com/ SCBWI: https://www.scbwi.org/  PLACES TO PRINT PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS: Vista Print: //www.vistaprint.com/ Moo: https://www.moo.com/us/ WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ VIDEO: https://youtu.be/05zpWgQ8wbg  ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/  Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
51:05
August 16, 2021
EP 7 Let's Talk Art
EP 7 Let's Talk Art
In this episode Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about what elements make a good children's book illustration. What is a focal point? How do you use line to tell a story? What makes a good composition? What is value, color harmony and saturation?  How do you use these elements to tell your story with your art. Thanks for listening!  WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/  VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdCA-_dgO4&t=1825s  ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/  Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
44:03
July 25, 2021
EP 6 Portfolios and Websites
EP 6 Portfolios and Websites
In this episode Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about portfolios and websites for children's book illustration. Should an illustrators have a physical portfolio and a website? What should you include in your portfolio and what mistakes to avoid. Thanks for listening!  WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/  VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdCA-_dgO4&t=1825s  ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/  Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
41:06
July 05, 2021
EP 5 Critiques
EP 5 Critiques
Have you had a portfolio critique? In this episode Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk all about critiques. Why should illustrators get portfolio critiques, how to choose who critiques your artwork. How to listen to a critique and how to give one using the sandwich method. Thanks for listening.  WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdCA-_dgO4&t=1825s ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
32:58
June 14, 2021
Ep 4 A Dentist can't give you Heart Surgery
Ep 4 A Dentist can't give you Heart Surgery
Do friends and family ask you for art favors? Do you say yes to things that may not further your illustration career? In this episode Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about why illustrators should not always say yes to every creative favor and how to say no and stay on track. Thanks for listening.  WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m366qgmdA-w&t=1949s ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
36:27
May 07, 2021
Ep 3 Start Where You're At!
Ep 3 Start Where You're At!
Should you wait until you're ready to start? In this episode Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about how to start on your children's book illustration journey. Don't wait to start illustrating because if you wait you'll never be ready. Just start where you're at. Thanks for listening. WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oftmXEGzn_g&t=1015s ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
47:15
May 07, 2021
Ep 2 Don't Work in a Bubble.
Ep 2 Don't Work in a Bubble.
Are you working in a bubble? In this episode Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran talk about how illustrators can tell if they are working in a bubble. How to get out of it and how to find their creative community.  Thanks for listening. WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl5LDoOFKaY&t=1176s ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼ Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/ Links we discussed: SCBWI - https://www.scbwi.org/ SVS Learn - https://www.svslearn.com/
46:16
May 07, 2021
Ep 1 Our Story, How we got started as Children's Book Illustrators and how we met.
Ep 1 Our Story, How we got started as Children's Book Illustrators and how we met.
In this episode Olga Herrera and Sunny Duran share their stories on how they got started as children's book illustrators. They'll discuss how they met and what they plan to do with this podcast. Thanks for listening.  WEBSITE: https://www.illochat.com/ VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS8HB2Ej1p0&t=80s ▼YOUR HOSTS ▼  Sunny Duran  https://www.sunnyduran.com/ Olga Herrera https://www.olgachildrensillustrator.com/
47:51
May 04, 2021