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Lean Into Art - Online Art Center and Learning Network for Visual Storytellers
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In LIA Cast 110 we explore the difference between Minimum Viable Product and Minimum Lovable Product when pursuing "passion projects."

You can listen to the audio version here: https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/8/29/lia-cast-110-so-you-want-to-start-a-passion-project

#writing   #illustration   #comics   #videogames   #design  

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Taking the "not my thing" challenge to be a better writer

We had a terrific time talking with +Ryan Estrada about how his comics work improved through his experiments in slam poetry, acting, hosting radio shows, and running parody Twitter accounts. 

No time for video? Check out the audio version here: https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/8/1/lia-cast-108-leaving-the-safety-of-your-wheelhouse-with-ryan-estrada

#writing   #comics   #graphicnovels   #comicbooks   #webcomics  

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How to make a non-fiction comic or graphic novel

http://www.leanintoart.com/blog/2014/7/20/lia-cast-107-making-non-fiction-comics-with-dan-mishkin

We had a great time talking with +Dan Mishkin on LIA Cast 107. He had tons of great insights to share about writing non-fiction comics, using the process of creating his new book The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination (http://goo.gl/o5Bue1) as an example.

You can listen to the audio version here: http://www.leanintoart.com/blog/2014/7/20/lia-cast-107-making-non-fiction-comics-with-dan-mishkin

Subscribe to the podcast here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LeanIntoArt
#comics   #graphicnovels   #nonfictionbooks   #jfk   #abramscomicarts  

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Exploring more of the benefits of reflection and new reflection strategies on the Lean Into Art Cast!

Listen to the audio version here: https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/7/7/lia-cast-106-reflection-with-intention-with-ashley-knapp

The value of reflecting on one’s work and experience has bubbled up repeatedly on the Lean Into Art Cast. Reflecting with intention helps you: 
* Focus on an upcoming task 
* Improve memory retention 
* Clarify your intended goals and perceived outcomes 
* Find valuable insights for career course-correction

We’ve modeled our own reflection strategies in past episodes:

LIA Cast 66 - Reflecting on Last Year, Planning for Next Year - LIA Cast 66 - Reflecting on Last Year, Planning for Next Year
LIA Cast 70: Mastering Your Schedule with David Seah - LIA Cast 70: Mastering Your Schedule with David Seah

But what are “reflection strategies?” Is it simply keeping a journal? A private blog? Scraps of notes on index cards? Should this journaling be private, or is there any benefit to be found in sharing it?
This time we’re joined by Ashley Knapp, a cartoonist and author who has explored many reflection methods in an effort to reach readers and improve her work. Together we’ll unbox how reflecting more intentionally can improve your work and help clarify your message to potential readers.

Links mentioned:

Ashley’s audiobook, Phony Potion Peddler’s Plight - http://www.patreon.com/ashleyaknapp 
Ashley’s Audioboo feed - http://audioboo.fm/CtrlAltLee
Day One - http://dayoneapp.com/
Habit RPG - https://habitrpg.com/static/front 
The Emergent Task Planner  - http://davidseah.com/blog/node/the-emergent-task-planner/
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene Brown - http://www.amazon.com/Daring-Greatly-Courage-Vulnerable-Transforms/dp/1592407331
59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute, by Richard Wiseman - http://www.amazon.com/59-Seconds-Change-Under-Minute/dp/0307474860/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404744959
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, by Jane McGonigal - http://www.amazon.com/Reality-Broken-Games-Better-Change/dp/0143120611/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404745017 

#writing   #illustration   #journaling  

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Talking about finding the path through your project on the 100th Lean Into Art Cast!

https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/4/11/lia-cast-100-starting-clarifying-expressing-and-serving

In the past 99 episodes we've spent a lot of time talking about the complex problem-solving that comes with being a visual storyteller. White boarding, mind mapping, scripting, sketching, pacing around the room quietly--there are a zillion ways to begin building an idea into a thing. We've also talked a lot about the role of being intentional in the making of your art: watching for things that move you and integrating them thoughtfully into your work. Then there's answering the question of whether your art is an act of expression, or service, or both?

For our 100th episode we reflect on the topics we've covered over the years and explore how Starting a Thing leads to Clarification of Intention, and how Making a Thing with Intention leads to Discovering its Expression and/or Service.

We also review the latest round of Quests: http://www.leanintoart.com/quests/2013/10/24/lia-quest-10-a-rainbow-of-feels.html

Audio version here: https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/4/11/lia-cast-100-starting-clarifying-expressing-and-serving

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Talking about Patreon on the Lean Into Art Cast!

In all of the recent revolutions in crowd funding, +Patreon has to be one of the most exciting. Though similar to platforms like Kickstarter and indiegogo, Patreon stands apart in that it empowers creative people to muster support for ongoing projects like webcomics, podcasts, and more. But how do you know if you're ready to start a Patreon campaign? How does one approach designing pledge tiers and milestones that are creatively and financially sustainable? What's the proper balance between generating buzz around your Patreon campaign and haranguing your fans?

We're joined by +Jon Rosenberg, cartoonist behind Scenes From A Multiverse (http://goo.gl/uwBj) and Goats (http://goo.gl/B7mP), for a discussion on how he's made Patreon work for his creative projects. Check out his Patreon page here: http://www.patreon.com/jonrosenberg

Listen to the audio version here: https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/3/28/lia-cast-99-patreons-of-the-arts

#crowdfunding   #webcomics   #comics   #patreon  

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Setting goals, defining your passions, and more on the latest double-sized LIA Cast!

Few will argue that setting goals is an important part for pursuing your creative passions and work. But should your goal be simply "achieve creative independence," or should you get more granular than that? How does thinking of your mission, your passion, and what specific services you hope to provide inform your goal-making process?

Special guest +Dave Seah  (http://davidseah.com/), helps us navigate the choppy waters of setting "heartfelt goals".

Show notes with links to sites mentioned can be found here: https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/2/14/lia-cast-96-heartfelt-goals-with-dave-seah

#freelancing   #writing   #illustration   #design   #goalsetting  

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Refining our portfolios to land our dream gigs on LIA Cast 95 with guest +Krishna Sadasivam!

How does your portfolio showcase your skills, and how can you customize that message to attract the jobs you really want? Should you run a simple Wordpress gallery for your portfolio, or is there value to using sites like Dribble or Behance? Special guest Krishna Sadasivam, cartoonist and instructor at the Art Institute of Tampa, helps us explore the many challenges facing a visual storyteller on the hunt for new gigs.

Listen to the audio version here: https://lean-into-art.squarespace.com/blog/2014/1/31/lia-cast-95-get-your-portfolio-into-shape-with-krishna-sadasivam

Subscribe to the podcast here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LeanIntoArt

#art   #illustration   #freelance   #portfolio  

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What Happens When We Commit to Making Things?

Why did we call this show "Lean Into Art?" What the heck do we mean by "leaning?" In this episode we take a few minutes to characterize what we call "Leaners," and then discuss some of the comics, art challenges, and experiments some of our favorite Leaners have been up to.

We also discuss the entries in the latest LIA Quest: This Character is Lying!

Full show notes with links to sites mentioned can be found here: http://leanintoart.com/blog/2013/12/6/lia-cast-91-what-happens-when-we-commit-to-making-things.html

#art   #writing   #illustration   #characterdesign   #graphicnovels   #comics  

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Great tutorial by +Ryan Estrada on how to quickly and easily self-publish your digital comics!

Drawing attention to your work is the tricky part. Fortunately Ryan helped us out with that in this episode of the Lean Into Art Cast: http://leanintoart.com/blog/2013/8/30/lia-cast-84-getting-a-reaction-and-showcasing-yourself-with.html

#comics   #graphicnovles   #digitalcomics  
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