There is not a place we can turn where current events are not effecting our every day lives. I feel incredibly honored to unveil the first episode of comic fuel to feature Ulises Fariñas and Lucy Bellwood as cohosts. Ulises and I jump right into the questions and geek out on what is important to think about when inking – both digital and traditional. We then go into great depth discussing “style” and how it is actually an incidental occurrence in your art as opposed to a measured goal. Lucy hops in during question three to talk about how to think about drawing background art in your panels.
Ulises and I cap the entire episode off with a very important discussion regarding how race and equity is reflected in the comic industry. In fact, in writing the show notes for that segment, I was delighted to find several amazing articles that dealt specifically with how the comic industry is connecting to these important topics.
This episode also includes some amazing borrow audio clips from Jason Brubaker, Ven. Robina Courtin, and art educator John Spencer. Such an amazing third episode. Easily the hardest I’ve worked on yet. Hopefully I can keep it up!
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Jump times to go to different parts of the podcast:
- (00:00) Show Opener
- (00:43) Introduction to Show
- (10:10) #ComicFuel Break #1: Not A Delicious Chocolate Cake” by Ven. Robina Courtin
- (12:40) Question 1: Inking
- (24:40) #ComicFuel Break #2: “Growing A Tree” by Jason Brubaker
- (28:17) Question 2 & 3 Style
- (51:46) Patreon Ad
- (52:12) Questions 4: Backgrounds
- (54:58) #ComicFuel Break #3: “Can’t Live Without Art” by John Spencer
- (1:00:00) Show Closing – Race & Equity in the Comics Industry
- (01:23:00) How can you, yes you, contribute to the comic fuel cause?
- (01:26:00) Show Outro
Questions answered in this episode
(jump-to specific question times listed below)
- Josh: What are some good resources to improve your digital inking? I feel like I know the basics, so beginner books aren’t really teaching me anything new. I’m completely self taught, and would love to learn some subtly with my inks.
- Maya: How do comic artists deal with improvements in their style while making a comic book? Should a comic artist keep a consistent style? If so, how much should one practice style before starting to make comics?
- Michael, Poland: What are the elements of style of particular artists if I want to use their style in my own work? I usually think of such elements as: the coloring method used (with computer or water colors), shading, …. but what is it that distinguishes the one from the other? There are general groups of artists (e.g. European, Asian, …) who have similar style – how come they can be grouped – what is the key?
- Jasmine: How often would you focus on comic backgrounds? Are details like that important?