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The Busy Creator Podcast with Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast is a discussion program where creative professionals from across the spectrum share tools, techniques, and habits they use in their practice. Listeners are introduced to strategies and pro tips to be their most creative, productive selves.

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Mar 10, 2014

TBC episode 5 with Josh Latta

The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 5 with Cartoonist & Illustrator Josh Latta

Prescott speaks to Cartoonist & Illustrator Josh Latta, on how he got started in art, his daily workflow and routine, and making a name for himself on the Internet. We also dissect the difference between a cartoonist and an illustrator, and question the use of hand-drawn vs. typeset lettering in comics.

Avatard by Josh Latta

Avatard of Prescott Perez-Fox (and Buzz!), by Josh Latta


Show Notes & Links

  • Josh Latta (@joshlatta), Cartoonist & Illustrator
  • The Brimstones, Josh’s new comic series
  • Ads, commissions, apparel — some of his other work
  • Not so much with logo design or commercial work
  • Avatards, an ongoing caricature project for the Internet
  • Josh still draws by hand
  • Informal education — dropping out of high school and take an apprenticeship
  • Took a while to develop a creative rhythm — ”it’s just so un-punk rock”
  • Josh is naturally skinny, but his fiancée wakes up early to work out.
  • Head-nod to the day-job warriors. Josh works at a coffee shop in addition to drawing.
  • The Oatmeal, a successful web comic
  • The Brads, a very funny web comic
  • XKCD, a widely-known web comic
  • Harvest and FreshBooks, online invoicing tools to stay organised
  • Josh loves hand-lettered text in comics, hates computer fonts
  • Drawing tip: put the hands and feet in first, for better energy and dynamic pose
  • The Busy Creator mascot, tentatively called “Buzz”, but we’ll see what the lawyers say
  • In art, “90% of the time, you can use your mistakes.”
  • “You might think it’s crap, but that crap can become fertilizer.”
  • Lattaland the website, and on Facebook



  • Use tracing paper, copy paper, cheap bit pens
  • First an idea, then a few sketches/doodles
  • Scan to Photoshop, print out enlarged. Trace the printout and add inks. Scan again.
  • Use two pencil tones for logo design
  • Avoid debt to avoid having a day job
  • Promote yourself online, even if it feels awkward
  • Use calendar reminds for online/social media promotion
  • Use a whiteboard to keep a list of “what’s next”
  • PayPal keeps track of incoming payments
  • Draw the construction of a cartoon, action lines


  • Find a formula that works, even if it takes years
  • Wake up early if you better work in the morning (night time is for TV-watching)
  • Do something in the morning
  • Illustrators should try their own typeface or lettering