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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 Smith and 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) podcasts every 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.

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