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Our first live Cut & Paste podcast event explores storytelling through illustration

Illustrators are storytellers who synthesize thousands of words into just a few images, or even a single frame. We recently invited three prominent local illustrators to tell stories about drawing for a living, in the first live recording of our Cut & Paste arts and culture podcast.

Nearly 100 people showed up to hear our guests — Washington University professor John Hendrix and his former students Fox Smithand Vidhya Nagarajan — talk about the ups and downs of their profession.

Emerging themes included: persistence, patience and the fact that almost every failure has a funny side.

Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast:

  • Vidhya Nagarajan, joking about the anxiety of having no professional assignments during her first few months after graduation: “[I worried] Am I going to be living in a box?”
  • Fox Smith on working with clients: “Even when we do come out with basically the ‘Mona Lisa’ of illustrations on the first go, many times the clients may not see the vision.”
  • John Hendrix on how we've all embraced the concept of a "narrative": “If you had to sit down and write a story about the Nike story, you would probably do it. Well, you would:  just do it.” (Cue the groans.)
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Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcastsevery few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts, which focus on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

Follow Willis and Nancy on Twitter: @WillisRArnoldand @NancyFowlerSTL

Please help St. Louis Public Radio find artists to feature on Cut & Paste. Tell us which artists and cultural themes deserve a closer look.

Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.