The end of the year always seems to provide a bevy of artistic challenges.
24-Hour Comics Day. Inktober. The 30 Characters Challenge. NaNoWriMo.
Each one of these events is designed to create manageable and sustainable focus, to push your limits, to help you discover new things about your craft, and maybe have some fun along side your peers who are also taking the challenge.
And as we've discussed often on the Lean Into Art Cast, a healthy and instructive part of the cycle is a round of reflection.
For the month of November, Rob and Jerzy will be posting daily reflections through their respective microcasts, the Polytechnicast and Thunder Punch Daily.
Interested in taking the challenge with us?
Record a 5-10 minute audio journal reflecting on your workday
Share the journal microcast on your blog or social media with the #artsoundoff tag so we can follow along
Frequency is up to you--you can post them daily, weekly, or whenever you find the time. The big idea is to get in the habit of turning on that analytic eye and foster more intentionality into your work the following day.
Here are some examples from Jerzy and Rob's microcasts:
Thunder Punch Daily 134 - in which Jerzy reflects on time constraints and hypothesizes on a solution
Thunder Punch Daily 146 - in which Jerzy responds to a conversation begun on Twitter about "cheating" at art
Thunder Punch Daily 133 - inspired by a silly discussion he had with friends about Transformers, Jerzy constructs a mini-essay on real-world logic, story logic, and idea logic
Polytechnicast - Calm Commitment - in which Rob reflects on some life events and projects and, through talking things out, discovers a theme behind his recent endeavors
Polytechnicast - Creative Endeavor Code of Arms - in which Rob explores a more refined version of his creative manifesto
Polytechnicast - Practice Off and On - in which Rob shares the tensions and trade-offs in putting one's focus in one skill arena while tabling another
How do you record and what equipment do you use? It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Many of the TPD and Polytechnicast episodes were recorded on smartphones. Your laptop or desktop computer's internal microphone is sufficient to record a microcast. Audio quality is fine--but it's the content that really matters, here.
Audacity, a free recording application for Mac/Windows/Linux
Soundcloud is a service that enables you to record and share your audio from within a web browser
AudioBoom (formerly Audioboo) is a free service that enables you to record and share 5-minute recordings from the desktop or your phone.
There are also tons of free (and premium) recording apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.