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5 Minute Obsession – Criminal

I have been wanting to get back to posting more on my website – but I never seem to find enough time. But I’ve figured out a solution: little time = little post!

I will be putting together these 5 minute reads about something I am currently obsessed with each week. I have been taking a lot of inspiration in lately, making plenty of deposits to my creative bank account. So my mind is crammed with information and I can’t keep it all straight.

I’ve read many books, found new artists to follow, new blogs to read and movies to watch. So I’m going to share one new thing I am obsessed with each week.

Criminal Episode Art

I’m starting with podcasts today – and a particular one called Criminal. It may seem strange to write about a crime podcast on an art blog – but I have become obsessed since learning of it’s existence last week. 
I was ready to tell you about any of the numerous art and creative podcasts I listen to. Because of my daily commute – I listen to A LOT. But sometimes you can have too much art talk. I’ve listened to so many interviews with artists over the last couple of months they all blur into one.

Enter criminal. A completely different experience – but still creative, engaging and full of story. Criminal is a podcast about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Each episode is about 20 minutes long and I’ve heard a lot of crazy, funny and even heartbreaking stories. 

To bring it back to art – all the images in this post were illustrated by Ilustrator and Designer Julienne Alexander. She has illustrated all 120 episodes of the podcast with these really cool graphical drawings.

Check out one of my favourite episodes so far – Pen & Paper. The hosts interview Andy Austin who worked as a courtroom sketch artist in Chicago for 43 years. She has sketched everyone from disgraced governors to John Wayne Gacy, and says she only made someone look bad on purpose once.

Other podcasts I’m loving right now:

Everything is Alive: Interviews with inanimate objects.

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Author John Green reviews facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale.

The Picturebooking Podcast: In-depth interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators