Continuing their talk on semiotics, Cory and Josh address originality vs cliche, and a bit into how to navigate it.

Semiotics - our visual symbol system

Without a visual symbol system, we wouldn't be able to make any sense out of any of the data that hits our eyes. This symbol system can be useful to visual storytellers. Understanding and using it to our advantage is important, because without that understanding, we'll fall into cliches or use symbols that are confusing.

Curation and Gatekeeping

Are there upsides to gatekeeping? Where do you find quality work anymore? Should you shoot for short-term gains or go for the long-term projects? Cory Kerr, Joshua Kemble and Scott Serkland discuss all of this in this episode.

Effort Removes Excuses

The idea of something is perfect and useless, the realization of that thing is the only time it matters. It is also the only time that there is risk. There is no risk in the idea because nothing exists, but when we create something, it can be good or bad and other people can have an opinion of it.

Backplanning Your Future Career

How do you become a successful artist? How to plan for a life in freelance. Three professional creatives from different backgrounds discuss the reasons and importance of scheduling and planning. We also go into the different tools, tips and techniques we use to organize the chaos that is limitless time.

Self Competition

In this episode, Josh and Cory will talk about the value of competing with your self vs others in art, and give an update on our progress for the 100 days of making comics challenge.

Free Speech

In this episode Cory and Josh discuss Freedom of Speech for artists, tackling what that freedom means for artistic and social responsibility.

Real vs Perceived Value

In this episode Cory and Josh talk about Real Vs. Perceived Value. Sometimes we question our value as artists, or take for granted the value of art. We discuss the slippery nature of value, and how sometimes perceived value can be greater than "real" value for creators/artists.

Stop Waiting and Make Something

In this 48 hour art check, Cory and Josh discuss the value of doing, and the dangers of waiting. Rather than giving in to art block, artists can lean into art, tackle their fears, then move forward.

Escapist Fiction

In this episode we discuss the value of Escapist Fiction for writers and creators, as well as readers. We're joined by Scott Serkland

Artistic Momentum

in one of the most metaphor heavy rounds we've had, we a talk about momentum in creative projects. There's a point in every project where the struggle pays off and you reach a state of ultra productivity... and we relate that to various hills we've skated and wiped out on.

Cat or Monkey

In this episode we do our 48 hour art check, then discuss going against the grain as an artist, being a Monkey rather than a Kitten based on the Seth Godin Icarus book, and then conclude that being an artist is a middle finger to the existential situation of humanity... This one's a good one.

How to do an Art Check and Why

This is our 80th art check. What is this art challenge and why do we do it. Josh and Cory talk about the three steps to doing an art check with a buddy and why each step works.

The steps are:

  1. Progress

  2. Problems

  3. Plans

Hiring Creatives

In this episode we talk with guest Scott Serkland of serkworks, who joins us to discuss hiring creatives, how automated application systems for employment are problematic, and how to bypass or work around automation in order to leave a lasting, hirable impression.

Growth vs Fixed Mindset in art - how you think can help you improve

Carol Dweck's book, "Mindset" has some interesting implications for those of us that are choosing to live a creative life. How do I get better at art? How do I improve my illustration? How do I finish comic books? These and other questions might be answered by the way that you think about your abilities. Do you believe that some people are talented and others are not? Do you feel that intelligence and creativity are fixed attributes or do you feel that these are things that can be increased and improved? Jump in with us as we discuss the different aspects of how thinking can affect our abilities.

Task Switching Penalty

Josh and Cory tackle the task switching penalty. This is the price you pay for attempting to multitask. When you give into the myth of multitasking, you will be less productive in your art. We discuss tips and techniques on how to use switching brain modality to your advantage.

The individual and creation (why make art)

What is it that defines you? What makes you ... you? It isn't your job, your relationship to others, or many of the things that we tend to use to define who we are. Josh and Cory get into a deeper discussion on existentialism and nihilism philosophy and how our creations and how we do our art that is a window into what it is that defines who we are.

How to handle the pressure

Scott Serkland joins Cory and Josh to talk about how to handle the pressure and I might never top the intro to this podcast episode…

Stephen is writing!

Checking back in with Stephen. When we first met Stephen he had several Chapter Ones of many books, but wasn’t writing consistently or productively, now things have changed. He’s developed habits and is making progress.