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
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
http://ifxm.ag/dsponge. To see more art
from Miles see http://ifxm.ag/m-johnston.
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.”