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Mar 022011

World’s will collide and the multiverse will be in crisis on today’s podcast!  Man vs. Art’s  Raul Aguirre Jr. and Che  join forces with  Big Illustration Party Time’s Kevin Cross and Joshua Kemble to tear the art world a new one  in an EPIC crossover event so rad we can hardly contain ourselves! The Art Podcast equivalent of Batman Teaming up with Superman in World’s Finest. Only this team up crossover is World’s Raddest!

Big Illustration Party Time

Today on Man vs. Art we have Kevin Cross and Josh Kemble from The Big Illustration Party Time Podcast!

Kevin Cross

San Francisco Bay Area native, Kevin Cross, is a punk rocker illustrator and cartoonist currently living in Portland, Oregon with his rad wife and awesome cat. He has done storyboarding, design, and illustration work for many clients including Marvel Entertainment, IDW Publishing, THQ Games, Real Skateboards, and Spitfire Wheels. When not working on professional freelance illustration assignments, he writes and illustrates his own funny books: Monsters Are Go! and Monkey Mod. Additionally, he received a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Joshua Kemble

Robot by Josh Kemble

Josh is a freelance illustrator and a Xeric Award Winning Cartoonist. He is currently at work on his graphic novel, Jacobs Apartment for NBM Publishing, while creating freelance illustrations for t-shirts, magazines and other media. His illustration clients have ranged from Scholastic to Random House and his comic work has been published in various anthologies and self published mini-comics.  An unabashed comic book geek, Kemble was born in 1980 in Tarzana, California and grew up in the Antelope Valley. He received his BFA in Illustration from California State University of Long Beach, and now resides in Long Beach, CA with fiance and fellow artist, Mai S. Kemble, and his pugs, C.K. Dexter Haven and Dozer.

Illustration! What you need to know.

Today my guests and I talk about Illustration and some of the ways an artist can be better prepared to enter the freelance world.

  • How an artist can make a living doing freelance illustration.
  • Discipline and getting your work done
  • Some portfolio and web gallery strategies to follow.
  • Self promotion like mailers, web presence,  etc
  • Generating job leads and establishing professional relationships with art directors.
  • Getting into the business mindset. You need to run your freelance business, well, like a business!
  • What should your rates be? How much should you charge?

I want to thank my guests, Joshua and Kevin for their time and for sharing  tons of a of great advice and encouragement to all of you Illustrators out there!

Here are some of the links mentioned in today’s podcast.


Leah Palmer Preiss Curious Art Lab

Big Illustration Part Time

Kevin Cross Blog

Kevin Cross Illustration Coming Soon!

Josh Kemble Illustration

Kevin found a great website called  pixelovely to help you with your gesture drawing

Gesture drawings are an excellent method of studying humans and animals in motion. They help artist understand anatomy, and the natural range of motion in the joints, and body language and emotion.

You should  start every day with at least half a dozen  30 second gesture drawings. This will warm and loosen you up for your day!

Animatic Directed by yours truly.

Last but not least! I’d like to announce my completion of  the Animation series development piece for Mijos.

David Gonzales creator of the Homies and and his brother Father Masseo Gonzales the producer brought me on to storyboard and direct the animatic cartoon for the first act of the series pilot written by Victor Sagastume.

You may now wring out your chonies.

Kevin found a great website to help you with your gesture drawing!

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