LIA Cast 162 - Preparing for 30-Day Challenges (Rebroadcast)

We’re doing our first re-broadcast episode! Once again we stand at the threshold of a season of creative challenges. Originally aired on September 16, 2016, this episode is all about setting expectations and goals with regard to creative challenges like Inktober.

If you enjoyed this one, we encourage you to check out our episode on preparing for Art Soundoff, which is scheduled to happen right after Inktober!

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How might a 30-day creative challenge help you level-up your work? Do you use it as an opportunity to test new tools or techniques? Is it a way to kickstart a habit? How does the communal aspect of a creative challenge affect your commitment to it?

The 4th quarter of the year is the Season of Creative Challenges. Inktober, NaNoWriMo, 24 Hour Comics Day, and more. In this Lean Into Art Cast we explore how we approach these challenges, what value we’ve derived from them, and perhaps most important of all, how we’ve learned to prepare for them.

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LIA Cast 206 - Prepping for Big Projects, with Ryan Estrada

We all have a sense that big or ongoing projects benefit from a certain amount of preparation. But what kinds of preparation? How do you identify what you need to know, and how to do you find resources to help you know these things? How do research techniques, spreadsheeting, and team building figure in creative endeavors, and how do you balance between these somewhat administrative tasks and the creative part? Can these administrative tasks actually inform the creative part?

Jerzy and Rob are joined by Ryan Estrada for a discussion on the prep and research that goes into making big and complex projects.

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LIA Cast 205 - Testing Assumptions and Hypotheses

How do we know that the tools, workflow, design, and materials are the right ones for the project we’re working on? What happens when the limitations of a tool begin to shape the work? What happens when the tools aren’t doing the job we hired them for? Join Jerzy and Rob for an exploration on wayfinding tools to help you evaluate a project when a lot of ambiguities pop up.

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LIA Cast 204 - Sketchbook Summer Reflections

In episode 195 we talked with Brandon Dayton and Matthew Armstrong about their new art challenge, Sketchbook Summer. During the month of July artists were invited to try to fill a sketchbook in a month. In these last days of Summer 2017, Brandon returns to the Lean Into Cast to reflect on the experience and look at how things change for an artist after taking on such a challenge.

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LIA Cast 203 - Old Gear, Open Source, New Purpose

What do we do with our old technology we’ve used in our art process? Join Jerzy and Rob for a discussion about extending the life of a workstation or getting used gear yet having it perform well or at least well in a new role. We’ll explore both the hardware and software side of tools, including making use of open source tools for creative projects.

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