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We host from "The Grit City", (located in the beautiful Pacific NorthwestTacoma, Washington.  

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Grit City Podcast 112: Mark Monlux

Episode 112: Mark Monlux

Mark Monlux, the “Grand Poobah at Monlux Illustration”, is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist from Tacoma. He has been in the field for over 29 years and has multiple awards under his belt, including Award of Excellence from the Society of Technical Communication for Technical Art and Distinguished Award from the Society of Technical Communication for Illustration – Books and Manuals. He’s involved with C.L.A.W, the Cartoonist League of Absurd Washingtonians, Knight of Pythias and author of The Comic Critic.

This episode kicks off with Mark telling the guys about where he grew up and how he landed in Tacoma 25 years ago. He then talks about going to school to become a commercial artist, working towards being and art director post school and what lead him to doing illustration work. Mark covers falling into graphic facilitation where he specialized in outcome driving innovation, helping departments communicate with each other by visually drawing out their concept and the features inside the concept.

At 13:00 Mark talks about ways he helps keep the audience alive and captivated during presentations in addition to different parts of the brain that gets stimulated when people see someone drawing and the high retention level people have when seeing something drawn. He talks about doing over a dozen white board videos, including public service announcements with the City of Tacoma, Dick Sporting Goods, and Microsoft. He also talks about how his illustrations help people better understand something, and gives examples of drawing torques to help a sales person better understand the concept.

Halfway point Mark talks about getting involved in the community, starting in 2008, participating in the Friday Sidewalk Chalking Challenge at Frost Park in downtown Tacoma, which is still running, starting from April and running through October. He then explains the creation of C.L.A.W, the Cartoonist League of Absurd Washingtonians, how many members they have, and what they do with the city, and other groups he’s affiliated with, including the Knight of Pythias.

33:17 Mark dives into C.L.A.W doing things with the city, and how they started Thrift Shop Painting Project where the group buys paintings from thrift shops and paints monsters on them and showcased them in coffee shops throughout the community and the love of Tacoma fans. (People wanting to donate their unneeded oil paintings can drop it off at Tinkertopia to be recycled by the group.)

47:45 Mark talks about doing the video cast, “Law & Artist” with his friend from the east coast, Daniel Abraham, giving artists answers to their most common legal questions. The guys talk about using local artists and places like Fiver for doing show tunes and Mark then dives into creating his cartoon movie review “The Comic Critic”. (People can find the books at Kings Books and The Nearsighted Narwhal or they can contact Mark directly through Facebook about purchasing one.)

As the episode comes to a close, Mark mentions where people can find him online (see Resources from the episode for all the places he can be found.) Thanks Mark for joining the guys for a look into the life of to be a cartoon artist and freelance illustrator.


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