LIA Cast 100 - Starting, Clarifying, Expressing, and Serving

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

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 Rob and I 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!

Thank you for all of your support over the last 100 episodes!

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LIA Cast 99 - Patreons of the Arts

Crowdfunding, Patreon, making a business for your webcomic, and more!

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 and Goats, for a discussion on how he's made Patreon work for his creative projects.

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Quests are back! Check out Quest 11, A Rainbow of Feels, where you'll be challenged to use your emotions to create your own color palette.

Turn in your quest by April 10 to have it discussed on the show!

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LIA Cast 98 - Marketing Art and Artist

Marketing your work, finding your audience, and more!

Exploring the unique value proposition of your art--namely, you, on the LIA Cast!

Over the past few months we've discussed Getting a Reaction and Showcasing Yourself, Landing Your Perfect Gig, and Grinding Through Your Webcomic. This time we're going to round out this ongoing conversation by exploring how we might think about the stuff we make around the stuff we make. Is it self-indulgence to make supplemental material for our comics, games, or stories? Or does making such things--geeking out with intent--create meaningful connections between the author and the audience?

In this edition of the Lean Into Art Cast we discuss one of the most challenging aspects to making a thing--supplying the necessary context to find the right audience for the stuff you make.

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Quests are back! Check out Quest 11, A Rainbow of Feels, where you'll be challenged to use your emotions to create your own color palette.

Turn in your quest by March 26 to have it discussed on the show!

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LIA Cast 97 - Grinding Through Your Webcomic, with Kasey Van Hise and Megan Brennan

Making webcomics, task management, staying motivated, and more!

If you're thinking about starting a webcomic, or fatigued after running one, this Lean Into Art Cast is for you!

Webcomics are great! You get to create exactly what you want, you're not beholden to anyone else's input, and you get to make your own schedule.

But none of these nice thoughts diminish the unpleasant reality that making a webcomic is a grind. A consistent update schedule is common wisdom to building an audience. You've just set yourself up with years of regular toil, as rewarding as it may be. So how do you deal with the fatigue and lows that come with taking on a long-form project?

We're joined by Kasey Van Hise of the long-running Winters in Lavelle and Paracite Knights webcomics, and Megan Brennan of School of World and Pencil Pup! for a discussion on how to come to grips with the inevitable grind of making long-form projects.

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Quests are back! Check out Quest 11, A Rainbow of Feels, where you'll be challenged to use your emotions to create your own color palette.

Turn in your quest by March 26 to have it discussed on the show!

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LIA Cast 96 - Heartfelt Goals, with Dave Seah

Setting goals, finding your passions, and more!

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 helps us navigate the choppy waters of setting "heartfelt goals".

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