Shoot­ing the breeze

Cre­ative chats English artist Miles John­ston’s un­planned, un­scripted pod­casts with fan­tasy art’s big­gest names are prov­ing to be a big draw

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Pod­cast fan Miles John­ston keeps it ca­sual, as he chats with some of dig­i­tal fan­tasy art’s leading lights, in­clud­ing Dan LuVisi and Dave Rapoza.

Dirty Sponge is a new pod­cast from Miles John­ston, the il­lus­tra­tor turn­ing in­ter­viewer who’s talk­ing to some of fan­tasy and sci-fi art’s leading lights.

Artists Dave Rapoza, Whit Brachna and Alexandre ‘Zedig’ Di­boine are just some of the guests who’ve taken part, each sit­ting down for what Miles de­scribes as ca­sual, long-form con­ver­sa­tions.

“They’re artists I find in­spir­ing,” says Miles. “Lis­ten­ing to some­one who you look up to, who’s cre­atively talk­ing for a few hours… it’s in­cred­i­bly hum­bling and mo­ti­vat­ing.”

The pod­cast be­gan ear­lier this year. Episode one fea­tures US artist Dan LuVisi, which sets the tone for the se­ries. Miles says that he does lit­tle prepa­ra­tion. There are no planned in­ter­view ques­tions – he just sees where the con­ver­sa­tion takes him.

“You have a real sense they’re just an­other hu­man be­ing. In your head, it raises the bar of what you can as­pire to. Es­pe­cially when you can hear them speak hon­estly out­side of the re­straints of a for­mal in­ter­view.

“I’m not claim­ing to be to teach any­thing, or even be par­tic­u­larly in­formed on any sub­jects dis­cussed. I just hope that you find these con­ver­sa­tions fun to lis­ten to.” To hear Dirty Sponge for yourself, visit To see more art

from Miles see­ston.

Alexandre Di­boine ad­mits to not be able to paint shiny sur­faces in his pod­cast…

…while Dan LuVisi dis­cusses his con­stant strug­gle to make

his char­ac­ter de­signs res­onate with the viewer…

…as pod­cast junkie Miles John­ston lis­tens in, happy to go wher­ever the

con­ver­sa­tion takes him.

On the sub­ject of de­vel­op­ing an art ca­reer, Dave Rapoza tells Miles that, “It’s up to you to take what­ever got you ex­cited and

make it hap­pen.”

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