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Best Podcasts To Listen To While Working, Drawing Or Painting

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The idea behind this article is one that has been rattling around in my planned posts pool for quite some time. Every single time I grab the pencils, inks or paints, I simultaneously select a podcast to listen to while I work and get settled into the process.

Podcast statistics show that in 2020 there were over 850,000 active podcasts and over 30 million individual episodes, that statistic tells us that there is a lot of choice. In fact, in preparation for this post I ended up going down a vast network of rabbit holes and diving into some powerful podcast statistics.

Now you might be looking for a great podcast to listen to while you’re at work or being creative and have different tastes to mine, I have prepared this piece to appeal to a few different subjects; after all chances are that if you have ended up on my website, we have some shared interests. I’ve diligently filtered the over 850,000 active podcasts down to four of my favourite go to listens.


Star Wars Sessions

‘Probably Britain’s Greatest Star Wars Podcast’ – The tagline that should really be changed to ‘Most Probably Earth’s Greatest Star Wars Podcast’ is hosted by two huge Star Wars fans from Essex in the United Kingdom; Luke Bligh and Matt Hudson.

Each week, Star Wars Sessions delivers a fresh new episode about that galaxy far, far away packed with news, discussion, laughs and a truly positive vibe throughout.

If you’re looking to delve into some incredible Star Wars content, then this is the podcast you are looking for, not only do they deliver consistently quality content, there are a lot of chances for listeners to interact and join the discussion too.

Notable Episodes –

#57 The Failure of the Jedi

#73 Luminous Beings Are We

#83 The Genius of Ralph McQuarrie


The Prancing Pony Podcast

The Prancing Pony Podcast is about the Middle-earth legendarium of JRR Tolkien, hosted by Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese and delivers weekly episodes.

These guys are enthusiastic and passionate about Tolkien’s work and they explore this by reading their favourite passages, discussing the themes found within those passages as well as highlighting the connections across the vast landscape of the mythology of Middle-earth. Every episode is packed with fascinating, valuable insights, depth and a great laugh.

Whether you’re a Tolkien scholar or a casual nerd that loves a Middle-earth discussion, this podcast provides a worthwhile listen and a rewarding subscription.

Notable Episodes –

#53 A Hole New World

#100 There’s A Shadow Hanging Over Me

#143 Whole Lotta Lore


3 Point Perspective

3 Point Perspective is an art career advice based podcast, hosted by illustrators Will Terry, Lee White and Jake Parker. New episodes are released fortnightly and cover a wide range of subjects that are highly relevant to those looking to start a career in illustration.

The chemistry between these hosts really does work well and whilst a trio of podcasters is fairly unusual in my knowledge of listening to podcasts, it works very well and they connect brilliantly.

Notable Episodes –

10 Skills Every Illustrator Must Have

How To Become A Better Children’s Book Artist

Creating A Great Concept For Your Illustration


Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

If you’re looking for recommendations for a great history podcast, you will most likely be pointed in the direction of Dan Carlin. If not, then you should be.

Each episode is hours long and absolutely filled to the brim with high quality content, distinctive storytelling and well paced dramatic narratives. Dan Carlin has the skill to bring any story from history to vivid life using nothing more than his voice and a heavy load of research.

Notable Episodes –

The Celtic Holocaust

King of Kings I, II and III

The Destroyer Of Worlds


When it comes to finding the best podcast to listen to while working, it may take some time and a lot of listening about to different podcasters who broadcast the same subject. Those that I have mentioned here are my favourite in each of those subjects, although I do listen to others at times in those subjects, I always prioritise and recommend those mentioned.

Let’s Have a Conversation

What podcasts do you listen to while working?

What’s the next podcast you plan on listening to?

What type of podcasts do you gravitate towards the most?

Please also feel free to share this post and get others involved in the conversation, it would be great to know what you’re all reading or planning on picking up next!

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