LIA Cast 235 - Exploring Twine, a Branching Narrative Game Engine

What sorts of things can we make with the Twine app? Rob has been exploring this tool lately for new game research and as part of a workshop. Join Jerzy and Rob discuss some Twine story examples and on creative exercises to help others get started with branching stories built with Twine.

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LIA Cast 234 - Being a Student Again

Striving to refine and grow our skill sets is often the focus of any creative journey. This week on the Lean Into Art Cast, Jerzy and Rob look in the other direction and celebrate the earlier stages of a creative endeavor, full of ambiguity and uncertainty--being a beginner.

In this episode we set out to answer the question: when should one self-teach, and when is it time to take a class?

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LIA Cast 121 - Visual Novels, with Kasey Van Hise (Rebroadcast)

Originally Broadcast January 29, 2015

We've talked about interactive storytelling in the form of games, and we've spent plenty of episodes exploring the storytelling affordances of comics. But this time we're joined by Kasey Van Hise for an exploration of another kind of interactive fiction--the Visual Novel.

How does your writing and design approach change when you're creating something that's meant to be interactive? How does character development work when you have to consider every possible path of development? How does your thinking about plot change when considering reader decision points?

Kasey Van Hise, writer of the Hustle Cat visual novel, helps us navigate these concerns and offer tips on writing a visual novel of your own.

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LIA Cast 233 - Coloring Comics

Join Jerzy and Rob for a live demo on some digital coloring strategies, followed by a discussion on how one might think about seeking more efficient ways to make things.

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LIA Cast 232 - Moment Choice in Comics

How do you think about what moments to show in a story? How does viewing angle, gesture, and composition contribute to the emotions conveyed in the images? Join Jerzy and Rob for a demonstration of one of Jerzy’s classroom activities that explores moment choices in comics.

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 The page Jerzy used for th e exercise in this episode, and the resulting page reimagining.

The page Jerzy used for th e exercise in this episode, and the resulting page reimagining.